Alternatives Presents:

Chicago's Mental Health Practitioner Shortage Panel

Join us for a panel discussion to explore the shortage of mental health practitioners and what this means for Chicago's most vulnerable.

Wed, November 3, 2021

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CDT

Since before the pandemic, the nationwide shortage of mental health practitioners was felt in Chicago and was projected to have a far-reaching impact particularly amongst people of color. Unsurprisingly, this crisis has only been exacerbated by the pandemic. Join us as we explore the reasons for the shortage and the impact it is likely to have on Chicago's most vulnerable.

Moderated by Kathy Calderon, Director of Mental Health Operations with CDPH. Kathy has over ten years of experience working in community mental health settings and currently focuses on implementing mental health equity initiatives and strengthening Chicago’s mental health safety net system. 

Meet our Speakers

Diana Castañeda, LCPC

Director of Youth and Family Services at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4)

For over nine years, Diana has provided services to low-income individuals and their families in a variety of roles, always prioritizing and advocating for access to quality mental health services for everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status.

Tiffany Patton-Burnside

Senior Director of Crisis Services at CDPH

Tiffany has worked in the field for over 20 years, providing services and attending to those with social/emotional needs. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from UIC and her master's degree in Social work from Dominican University. 

Domonique F. McCord, A.M., LCSW

Director of Behavioral Health Services for the Metropolitan Peace Initiatives of Metropolitan Family Services

For the last fifteen years, Domonique F. McCord has created space for mental health and healing through her continued work in therapy and wellness. She is founder of DFM Wellness Alliance, an organization dedicated to holistically building individual and community capacity. Domonique has a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University, a Master of Social Work from the University of Chicago. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and EMDR trained.

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