North River Expanded Mental Health Services Program and Governing Commission
The North River Expanded Mental Health Services Commission operates the Kedzie Center, and is similar to a special service area. In response to cuts to Chicago's mental health services, community advocates organized to pass an Illinois law (405 ILCS 22/15) allowing any Chicago community apply to designate itself a hyperlocal property tax levy district in order to provide free mental health services for residents of the district who cannot afford to pay.
The nine members of the Governing Commission are appointed by the mayor or governor and represent mental health professionals, consumers and community members.
Grades are based on information from December 2019
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