Cook County introduces health care coordinators to public housing communities

Cook County has taken a proactive step in addressing mental health concerns by introducing behavioral health care coordinators in public housing communities.

The initiative is made possible by federal funding, specifically from the American Rescue Plan Act.

The Housing Authority of Cook County has allocated resources to station behavioral health care coordinators at all 18 public housing locations throughout the county. The primary objective of this program is to provide essential mental and physical health resources to residents living in public housing.

Additionally, the coordinators will offer referrals to other healthcare services as needed.


"We recognize that mental health is a central aspect to overall well-being yet it remains an unspoken struggle for many. Through this initiative we aim to reduce barriers to entry for mental health care so that all residents, no matter their zipcode, have access to support they need," Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said.

The Cook County Board has allocated nearly $6 million towards this behavioral health initiative, which will be overseen by Cook County Health. This substantial investment aims to provide guidance and support to individuals residing in Cook County.

By prioritizing mental health services within public housing communities, supporters of the plan believe it is a significant development in meeting the needs of Cook County residents.