The Mental Health Movement, a coalition of advocates and mental health patients, are occupying the lobby of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office to protest the city's plan to close four mental health clinics today as part of the Department of Public Health closing six of 12 mental health clinics. Emanuel spokeswoman Caroline Weisser confirmed today that the city would go forward with the closings with one minor tweak: There is expected to be a "satellite office" for the Chicago Department of Public Health in the Woodlawn neighborhood -- the Woodlawn mental health clinic is one of the four clinics to close today. However, the city has not identified a location for the satellite office, Weisser said.
Besides City Hall, advocates and patients have spent the day protesting outside President Barack Obama's campaign re-election headquarters and Gov. Pat Quinn's Chicago office. Check back in with us this afternoon for more on today's actions.