First Congregational of Glen Ellyn is a member of DuPage United. DuPage United is an inclusive, non-profit, non-partisan organization whose members are civil society institutions: churches, mosques, synagogues, non-profit agencies, and associations. This mix of institutions has come together to form public relationships and to act together to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. DuPage United engages in democratic action in the public arena.
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DuPage United Making an Impact in the County The DuPage United Assembly met on March 10th to continue their work on initiatives to help keep people needing mental health services out of the criminal justice system, creating more affordable housing in DuPage County and gun control. The Daily Herald covered the assembly and you can read about it here. DuPage United and FCCGE engage in an active and on-going partnership, advocating for under-served communities and social justice.Photo courtesy of the Daily Herald.
The Gift of Language
Literacy DuPage, a part of DuPage United, seeks volunteers to tutor adults in English. More than 100,000 DuPage County residents need help improving their English skills.Empowering an adult with language will change that person’s life-and yours, too. No foreign language or teaching experience needed. Just time and heart. For more information, click the link on the church website . On the “Community” tab, click on DuPage United. Read more here.
Governor Pritzker meets with leaders of DuPage United.
DuPage United, whom FCCGE joined two years ago, and its Metro IAF counterparts in Kane, Lake and Cook County, negotiated a meeting with Governor Pritzker on March 21 to get his support and restore reimbursement rates for one of our primary initiatives, Crisis Stabilization Units
Why is a Meeting With Governor Pritzker important now?
One of DuPage United’s initiatives is to end the incarceration of individuals in crisis due to mental illness or addiction. Our first step in this effort is to equip Police Officers with the skills necessary to properly deal with these individuals. Through our success at developing relationships with DuPage County’s Sheriff James Mendrick and States Attorney Robert Berlin, over 700 of DuPage County Officers have been trained in crisis intervention, up from 60 three years ago.
However, once police intervene with such individuals, they need a place to take them. Crisis Stabilization Units (CSUs) serve as a more effective and cheaper alternative to jail or the ER. Prior to 2019, the daily reimbursement rate for these CSU services was about $800. However, the current rate has been reduced to an unworkable $65. As a result, health care facilities no longer provide CSU services.
Governor Pritzker initially said he believed the issue of the reimbursement rate should be resolved by July. But after hearing about the urgency of the matter from our DU/Metro IAF team at the March 21st meeting, Governor Pritzker directed an immediate follow-up to take place. The DU/Metro IAF team will meet with Deputy Governor Sol Flores, Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Theresa Eagleson, States Attorney Joe McMahon and key healthcare providers, to get a resolution of this issue as soon as possible. We have already heard from the staff person assigned to coordinate this follow-up meeting. This is another great step in our effort to end incarceration of individuals who suffer from addiction or mental illness.
Check back to this site for updates on this effort, and other DuPage United initiatives.