September 2021 McK-UDOS Coalition Newsletter



With the current pandemic of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it has been an evolving situation impacting the world and our community. We want to advocate the precautionary measures and guidance to help the spread of COVID-19 of proper hand washing, social distancing, respiratory etiquette and cleaning and disinfecting regularly. We are currently fully reopened with all programs and services available for in-person and virtual access.

McK-UDOS Coalition Meeting Minutes

Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021

Time: 11:30 am- 1:00 pm via Zoom



  1. Yesenia Alarcon- Heartland Alliance
  2. Cecily Smith- Project: VISION
  3. Jacqueline Alva- Heartland Alliance
  4. Michelle Flagg - Illinois Liquor Control Commission
  5. Justin Kerr - McKinley Park News
  6. Miriam Serrano- H.A.S
  7. Lina Xie - MAHA
  8. Arista Wang – MAHA
  9. Andrew Piotrowski - MAHA
  10. Saul Zhang- MAHA
  11. Ailin Chang – MAHA
  12. Dion McGill- Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital
  13. Tanya Bibbs-Smith- TASC


  • New Staff Introduction: Andrew Piotrowski, Health Program Manager
  • Cannabis Education Committee
    • Monthly committee meetings
    • Focus on creating materials surrounding cannabis education
    • Continue to identify business partner to collaborate on promotion of educational materials
    • Interested in joining, email [email protected]
  • Policy Changes:
    • Cocktails- to- go policy extended until 2024
      • Third-party services are not allowed to deliver alcohol, and all cocktails must be sealed and inaccessible to the business' delivery driver.
    • IL House Bill 2595, signed by Governor in August
      • Illinois becomes the third state in the country to require insurance coverage to all medically necessary mental healthcare across the state. This includes the treatment of mental, emotional, nervous or substance use disorders starting January 1, 2023.
    • IL House Bill 2784, signed by Governor in August
      • The bill creates a first responder system that will coordinate 911 and 988 emergency responses, going into effect January 1, 2022.
      • Beginning July 16, 2022, dialing “988” will route calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.


  • Michelle Flagg, ILCC
    • Next year planning to invite featured speakers that related to alcohol use or even substance use
    • Looking for organizations interested in planning and collaborating for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022
    • Please contact Michelle Flagg at [email protected]


  • Tanya Bibbs-Smith, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC)
    • Treatment provider for a variety of services, include screening, assessments, client advocacy, service planning, outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment
    • Tanya is the program coordinator for the problem gambling program, focusing on outreach and education but also offer linkage/referral system for direct services


  • New project item: Underage Drinking Communities Talk Town Hall
    • Tentative: Oct-Nov (in supplement to Red Ribbon Week is October 23 – 31)
    • Topic: underage drinking
    • Audience: open to public (specifically target parents and youth)
    • Only offered in English
    • To be determine: In person vs. virtual, recorded or not
  • Member Feedback:
    • Youth involvement in enforcing alcohol consumption policies
    • Social host law
    • Cocktails-to go policy
  • Interested in partnering or collaborating for town hall event, email [email protected]


    7. NEXT MEETING- Nov 11, 2021 from 11:30am to 1pm

        Responsible Gaming Education Week

        The American Gaming Association (AGA) created Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW)—September 19-25, 2021— focused on promoting responsible gambling behaviors and increasing awareness of problem gambling.

        For more information, visit,dedication%20to%20responsible%20gaming%20programs

        October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

        October marks National Substance Abuse Prevention Month – an observance to highlight the vital role of substance abuse prevention in both individual and community health and to remember those who have lost their lives to substance abuse.