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Commission on Mental Health

Press Release

    September 6, 2002 Phone: 301-443-8956


    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 Mental Health.


    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. Media invited

    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 Ave., Chicago
    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 Health Services."
    11:00 AM - Noon, Public Comment Period. To sign up, call 301-443-8956.


    Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago Downtown, 600 North State Street, Chicago, Illinois. The hotel's phone number is (312) 943-3800.

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