Tinley Transition Tracks Transformation Targets

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The recent announcement regarding the future of the Tinley Park campus carries exciting news regarding the creation of a new mental health state-of-the-art inpatient care facility for the south suburban Chicago metropolitan area. While more recent, pressing state issues have resulted in the project being delayed for the time being, DMH administrators remain hopeful that such a facility will become a reality.

Assistant to the Director for Special Projects, Michael Pelletier is enthusiastic about the potential of the projected facility's capacity for advancing hospital services. "As we step further into the 21st Century, the Tinley Park Renaissance would provide a great opportunity for DMH and the mental health community to not only construct a new facility but also develop and implement dynamic strategies for providing inpatient care services that can be truly responsive to innovative treatments and support methodologies We're delighted to work with stakeholders and the local community toward making this goal a reality."

Last fall the Division conducted several meetings with stakeholders including the Illinois chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-IL) and Tinley's frontline staff to develop transition strategies, acquire feedback and to plan more meetings to assure local community backing. Other than consolidating all services into one building, current residents will not be affected during the planning and relocation phases because of the Division's reliance on attrition. DHS also believes that it is in everyone's best interest to confer with union representatives to ensure that employees are given ample opportunity to continue to contribute to DMH' s mission.

"Our commitment to transformation means that we must always put consumers first by engaging in an ongoing alignment of our mental health care delivery system with our long-term strategic planning goals," stated DMH Director Lorrie Jones. "The Tinley Park Renaissance does that by preparing us to help our consumers with the best available treatment and services."

Tinley Park Mental Health Center, located in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park, is bordered by Harlem Avenue on the east and 183rd Street to the south. The center has 14 buildings and seven cottages. Most of the 21 campus structures were built in 1957 and are no longer viable. The average daily census for August 2008 was 67. DMH would not realize any budget reductions as a result of the project.