The Coalition to Save Our Mental Health Centers is a Chicago-based non-profit organization working to expand and restore community mental health services in Chicago.
For the last ten years the Coalition has worked on the creation of Expanded Mental Health Services Programs in the City of Chicago. These new programs allow communities to create new mental health centers that are initiated, funded, approved, and overseen by residents of the communities they serve.
The Coalition is seeking a motivated community organizer to be part of this effort over the coming year and beyond.
Develop organizing plans and strategies that empower local residents to create a new community mental health center.
Identify, train, and develop the leadership skills of community residents.
Conduct outreach to local community groups, churches, and other key institutions.
Perform research on the community including demographics, income, and other key data.
Assist Coalition fundraising efforts through participation in community fundraising efforts and writing grant proposals.
40+ hours per week
Flex time that may include evenings and weekends as needed
Competitive salary commensurate with experience
Please go to saveourmentalhealth.org to learn more about the Coalition’s programs
Bachelor’s degree or higher
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Interest in community organizing and mental health issues
Desire to learn how to organize, engage, and unite a community around a common goal
Fluent/native Spanish speaker
Daily access to a car
Familiarity with Chicago neighborhoods
Additional Salary Information: Competitive salary commensurate with experience
About Coalition to Save Our Mental Health Centers
The Chicago Coalition to Save Our Mental Health Centers works to ensure that all Chicago residents, especially the low-income and underinsured, have access to adequate and affordable community mental health services.
In 2004, the Coalition began developing a new model for mental healthcare delivery. Expanded Mental Health Services Programs (EMHSPs) would give communities the authority to approve, fund, and oversee their own mental health centers. In 2010-2011, the Coalition drafted and spearheaded the passage of the Community Expanded Mental Health Services Act [405 IL 22], which provided the authorization for Chicago communities to create EMHSPs via binding referendum.
Since, three such programs have been approved. The North River community approved their program in 2012 with 72% of voter support. This EMHSP resulted in The Kedzie Center, which celebrated its 5th anniversary in October of 2019. The Second program on the west side - including the Near West Side, East and West Garfield Park, and North Lawndale - approved their program in 2016 with 86% of the vote. The Encompassing Center opened in October of 2019. The Logan Square, Avondale, and Hermosa communities approved th...e third program in 2018 with 85% of the vote. Their mental health center is expected to open in the Spring of 2021.