Dec 21st 2017

The mental health care system can be hard to navigate. Recent changes to Medicaid and state health care policy—not to mention the opioid epidemic and the 2-year state budget impasse—have exacerbated the problems/gaps in coverage in Chicago.

City Bureau’s Fall Reporting Fellows have been digging into these issues, and we invite you to join us for a community-centered dialogue about how Illinois arrived at this point and how people can access the resources that are readily available.

This event is free and open to all. Our expert panel includes people who have dedicated their lives to destigmatizing mental health and substance abuse and serving people in need of help.

* Deborah Parnell from Human Resources Development Institute, Inc. (HRDI)
* Dan Bigg from Chicago Recovery Alliance
* Carla Stewart, counselor & professor at National Louis University
* more to be announced soon…

This event is part of City Bureau’s #PublicNewsroom programming, a series of free, weekly workshops and discussions aimed at building trust between journalists and the communities they serve while shaping a more inclusive newsroom.

For more info on past and future Public Newsroom workshops and to becoming a sustaining member of City Bureau, visit

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