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12 Oct 2018

Chance The Rapper to donate $1 million to Chicago Mental Health Services

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October 12, 2018 Category: Entertainment Posted by:

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CHICAGO, IL — Chance the Rapper says he’s donating $1 million to help improve mental health services in Chicago.

The Chicago native announced the news during his second annual summit for his nonprofit SocialWorks on Thursday, which he streamed live via Twitter.

To start, six different mental wellness providers will receive $100,000 grants in Cook County, Illinois. Chance called the new initiative “My State of Mind,” which will serve as a mental health resource for Chicagoans. Summit attendees included members of the Illinois Health Department of Human Services and Chicago Department of Health.

“We need a new space to get information on how they feel and where they can go,” Chance said.

According to Mental Health America, the state of Illinois ranks #11 in overall mental health resources. The list was compiled by grading different factors including:

  • Adults with Any Mental Illness
  • Adults with Dependence or Abuse of Illicit Drugs or Alcohol (Marijuana, Heroin, Cocaine)
  • Adults with Serious Thoughts of Suicide
  • Youth with At Least one Past Year Major Depressive Episode (MDE)
  • Youth with Alcohol Dependence and Illict Drugs Use (Marijuana, Heroin, Cocaine)
  • Youth with Severe MDE
  • Adults with AMI who Did Not Receive Treatment
  • Adults with AMI Reporting Unmet Need
  • Adults with AMI who are Uninsured
  • Adults with Disability who Could Not See a Doctor Due to Costs
  • Youth with MDE who Did Not Receive Mental Health Services
  • Youth with Severe MDE who Received Some Consistent Treatment
  • Children with Private Insurance that Did Not Cover Mental or Emotional Problems
  • Students Identified with Emotional Disturbance for an Individualized Education Program

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But when you look at access to health care for adults, Illinois drops down to number 22.

Since the 1960s, the number of beds in Illinois’ state-run psychiatric hospitals has decreased to fewer than 1,500 from 35,000, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The latest closures in 2012, including the Tinley Park center, coincided with Chicago shuttering half of its 12 mental health clinics.

Indeed, mental illness has been effectively criminalized in Illinois. Currently, the largest mental health hospital in Illinois is not even a hospital — it’s Cook County Jail.

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