Hearing scheduled for closing of Dr. Carl Bell’s Mental Health Facility on Tuesday

By Chinta Strausberg


Majority Caucus Whip Senator Mattie Hunter, chairman of the Senate Human Services Committee, announced Thursday she is holding a hearing on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at 1 p.m., in Room/Building C-600 in the Michael A. Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St., Chicago that will include public testimony on the closure of Dr. Carl Bell’s 37-year-old mental health facility on the South Side.

When the State of Illinois shut down Dr. Bell’s mental health facility, located at 8704 S. Constance, there was a community uproar including a public hearing held at WVON’s Legacy Room where Senator Donnie Trotter (D-17th) and Senator Hunter listened to testimonies. Hunter vowed to hold a formal hearing on the closure.

Kim Schultz, Policy and Budget Staff, will be accepting public comments via e-mail. You may send your comments and/or testimonies to:  (kschultz@senatedem.ilga.gov) or in person at the hearing).

Schwartz said testimony is left to the chairwoman’s discretion, and those wishing to speak before the committee are asked fill out a Senate committee witness slip at the hearing and submit the form to the clerk prior to the start of the hearing.

Schultz urged advocates to submit their written comments, since this is the only way to guarantee that the committee members will receive testimony. A copy of these comments will be filed with the official records for the committee.

For further information, call:  Kim Schultz

Policy and Budget Staff

Office of the Senate President

P: (217) 782-5242


Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.