FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mark Weber
September 6, 2002 Phone: 301-443-8956
PRESIDENT'S MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION
TO MEET IN CHICAGO
President Bush's "New Freedom Commission on Mental Health"; will
hold its fourth meeting September 10-12, 2002 in Chicago, Illinois.
The commission will hear presentations on various aspects of the mental
health system that affect children and adolescents, including trauma
and its impact; mental health programs in schools; and community-based
programs. In addition, the commission will hear from a panel of youth
who will describe their experiences with the mental health system.
The September event also will include site visits to several Chicago
area mental health programs, and marks the first meeting the commission
will convene away from Washington, D.C. The Presidential commission
is charged with conducting a comprehensive study of the mental health
services delivery system in the United States. The commission, consisting
of 15 members appointed by President Bush and seven ex-officio members,
is chaired by Michael F. Hogan, Ph.D., Director, Ohio Department of
Tuesday, September 10
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM (CDT). Site visits to five
area youth mental health projects and the Cook County Juvenile Court.
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM / Kaleidoscope, 1278 North Milwaukee,
Suite 250, Chicago / Thresholds 4101 N. Ravenswood, Chicago / Cook
County Juvenile Court 110 South Hamilton, Chicago
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM / Ounce of Prevention Fund Educare
Center, 5044 S. Wabash, Chicago / Dixon Elementary School, 8306 South
St. Lawrence, Chicago / Community Mental Health Council, 8704 S. Constance
Press Availability - Talk to Commission Chairman Mike
Hogan: 1:00 -1:30 PM; outside "River North Ballroom", Embassy
Suites Hotel, 600 North State Street
Wednesday, September 11 - Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago Downtown
8:30 - 9:30 AM, "Trauma and Its Impact on Children";
9:45 - 11:00 AM; Youth Panel: "Perspectives on the Mental Health
System", 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM; "Comprehensive Community-based
Service Systems for Children, Youth, and Families."
Thursday, September 12 - Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago Downtown
8:30 - 9:30 AM, "Models of School-based Mental
11:00 AM - Noon, Public Comment Period. To sign up,
Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago Downtown, 600 North State Street, Chicago,
Illinois. The hotel's phone number is (312) 943-3800.
Please see website for more details: www.MentalHealthCommission.gov