State Rep. La Shawn Ford will announce the formation of the West Side Behavioral Health Task Force on Monday. Joining Ford will be the heads of The Loretto Hospital, the Bobby E. Wright Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center and Habilitative Systems Inc.
Six panelists –– state Rep. La Shawn K. Ford, Dr. Elena Quintana, Flint Taylor, Amy Campanelli, Yohance Lacour and Darrell Cannon –– spoke last week about trauma, injustice and institutionalized racism. The July 25th panel discussion was inspired by the recent Netflix miniseries “When They See Us,” which tells the true story of the “Central Park Five,” five young black men wrongfully charged for the assault of a woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989.
The Chicago Police Department and Austin mental health professionals will lead a two-part discussion on June 4 and 11. The public’s input is being sought to help shape a plan for addressing Chicago youth’s exposure to traumatic events.
One of the main aims of the Westside Community Triage and Wellness Center, located at 4133 W. Madison is reducing the population of the Cook County Jail. Parents, grandparents and community residents are invited to a May 23 discussion about how to keep children safe this summer.
Help come up with viable solutions for reducing violence and healing from trauma Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at BUILD’s headquarters, 5100 W. Harrison St. The free event for people of all ages will feature raffle prizes.