This article was originally published at Conscious Magazine.
As of May 31st, Chicago will be losing one of its greatest safety nets, Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4). C4 serves over 10,000 children and adults annually and provides an array of mental health services from overcoming substance use to recovering from trauma. This is devastating news to a city with more than 14 percent of people living below the poverty line (60 percent in a number of neighborhoods) and with 53 percent of children ages 3-17 having one or more emotional, behavioral or developmental condition.
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