Monthly Archives: October 2014

With Mental Health Needs in Spotlight, New Ways of Serving Communities Surface

The Kedzie Center, a community-based mental health center, opened its doors Wednesday to provide services for the residents of Chicago’s North River area. “There is a tremendous mental health need out there in so many different areas,” said Michael Snedeker, executive director of the Coalition to Save Our Mental Health Centers. “What the Kedzie Center

One School's Lead on Restorative Justice in Chicago

At Senn High School, students are leading reform of the school’s discipline system through restorative justice. Senn’s Restorative Justice program aims to supplement a system of detentions and suspensions with an environment of open communication for students who run into trouble. The program, which is coordinated by Alternatives Inc., a community-based, non-profit organization, began at

Loophole in Affordable Care Act Exposes Foster Care Youth to Losing Medicaid

After four years, more detailed points of Obama’s Affordable Care Act are just now getting enacted, including new provisions for foster youth. The most sweeping change in the Affordable Care Act is that youth can stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26, which excludes children in foster care. From Jan. 1, 2014, all foster youth are