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Proposed ‘living room’ for mental health

City council members are due Monday evening to discuss a proposal to develop a “living room” facility in Evanston to treat people in mental distress.

In a memo, Interim City Manager Kelley Gandurski says Mayor Daniel Biss, Ald. Eleanor Revelle (7th) and Ald. Cicely Fleming, 9th, met with several agencies to discuss how alternatives to hospital emergency rooms can be developed for such residents.

The memo states that a “living room” at the Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center in Skokie successfully offers “a safe, trauma-informed, expertly manned alternative to hospital emergency rooms” in which “guests can resolve crises with an experienced and compassionate team “. by therapists and specialists for recovery support. “

The memo suggests that such a facility in Evanston was in a single family home at Amita St. Francis Hospital at 311 Elmwood Ave.

It suggests that after the Turning Point renovation, the facility could operate in partnership with Trilogy Behavioral Health Care and Impact Behavioral Health.

Turning Point estimates the annual cost of operating the facility to be approximately $ 650,000, according to the memo. City officials estimated the cost of the renovation to be about $ 225,000.

The memo suggests that the renovation costs could be paid for with funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. It adds that there may be county and state funding opportunities, as well as possible funding from the city’s two hospitals.

Trilogy Mobile Mental Health Response Team in Evanston will also be launched on Monday, largely funded by a government grant.

On another issue related to public safety, councilors will be asked on Monday to approve $ 552,500 in ARPA funding to expand the My City, Your City, Our City initiative to include strategies for preventing violence to tackle young people and families as well as families affected by violence.

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