The future of mental health facility Albany Care remains largely uncertain, though two upcoming hearings may provide the Evanston community with some answers.
The state of Illinois currently is considering whether to pull the license for Albany Care, a psychiatric rehabilitation clinic at 901 Maple Ave. just east of Grey Park, amid reports that the facility was understaffed and poorly managed.
An Albany Care status hearing is scheduled for June 15 and a licensing hearing is scheduled for Nov. 29.
The office of State Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-18th) shared the information with Evanston City Council Member Jonathan Nieuwsma, who relayed the update via his Fourth Ward newsletter.
Nieuwsma said Gabel’s office also informed him that, in the meantime, Albany Care is operating under a restricted license, meaning the facility cannot accept any new residents.
“Their headcount is down significantly,” Nieuwsma told the RoundTable.
Community members will have an opportunity to ask questions about the information at a Fourth Ward meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 7 at the Robert Crown Community Center.
“I am inviting community members to share their experience and offer their perspective, so that the folks who do have the ability to make decisions and affect change are aware of the concerns of the neighborhood,” Nieuwsma said.