Concerns about preserving funding for health services in Evanston were particularly prevalent among the approximately 20 attendants at Thursday’s city budget input meeting.
Before the meeting started, Debora Braun of Shore Community Services distributed neon stickers reading, “I support mental health services,” to many of those in attendance. Her main issue with the expenditure-decreasing ideas presented at the session was the provision, which stated the city should “look at eliminating all Community Heath Initiatives other than Mental Health Board and Environmental Evanston.”
Approximately a dozen health agencies receive funding from the Evanston Mental Health Board, funding which could mark the difference between continuing operations and closing services. Braun said two Illinois mental health agencies operating primarily on dwindling state funds have already closed this year.
“Who else would serve the most vulnerable citizens of Evanston?” Braun said. “These are individuals who – unlike you and me – can’t care for themselves. They can’t hold steady