CBHA Joins Group to Meet with Senator Durbin
On November 14th, CBHA CEO Marvin Lindsey joined the National Council, IARF, IADDA, and DMH Director Diana Knaebe, in a meeting with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin regarding the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs). The purpose of the meeting was to request the Senator’s support to increase the number of Demonstration awardees from 8 to 24. The 45-minute meeting with Senator Durbin began with a discussion on the need and value of the CCBHCs for individuals with chronic and serious mental health and substance use conditions. The Senator asked several questions that the group responded to; and at the end of the meeting; he agreed to support the increase of Demonstration awardees from 8 to 24. The Senator also stated that he will speak with Senator Roy Blount, of Missouri, who sits on the Senate Committee on Appropriations, about increasing the number of CCBHC Demonstration projects to 24. A big thank you to Senator Durbin.
Speak up for expanded
As you know, Illinois was one of 24 states to receive Excellence in Mental Health Act planning grant money. However, only eight states will ultimately participate in the demonstration program. The National Council is working to expand the demonstration program to include all 24 states – but they need your help to do it!
Today, they sent an Action Alert to all members all across Illinois. Please help us urge Congress to expand the Excellence Act to all 24 eligible states – take action today.
Our legislative champions on Capitol Hill are working hard to get the Excellence Act expansion included in one of the year-end bills currently before Congress. Help us support that effort by sending a message to your legislators today.
Almost 90% of State Spending Committed but Close to $300 Million for Mental Health and Substance Use Not Appropriated
The Illinois Senate Democrats released a report showing that 89.4% of state spending has now been committed because of recent court rulings and Rauner administration actions even though there is no state budget in place.
The budget has not been decided. We must continue to make our case for the $288,172,000 and the people and communities we serve.
We are providing links to two templates that you can use to inform, update and urge your legislators to work swiftly to resolve the budget impasse. A suggested template you can give to consumers and their family members to contact legislators can be found here. Another template for providers to communication to legislators can be found here.
Please communicate your concerns to the Governor and DHS Secretary James Dimas. They need to continue to hear from our industry on the impact of this budget impasse and the impact it is having on the individuals we serve, our agencies and our communities. A suggested template for your communication can be found here. A suggested template for your communication to stakeholders (Chambers of Commerce, Police, Sheriff, Rotaries, etc.) can be found here.
The state needs additional Revenue to avoid impending disaster. Revenues are needed to avoid catastrophic avoidable tragedies rolling across our beloved state. The solutions for FY 2016 include:
Go on record ASAP.
Feel free to tailor the linked communication (CBHA call for reforms and additional revenues 051115) to your communication "situation" when you talk to or email your legislators ASAP.
The Governor and legislative leaders have agreed to work groups to discuss solutions for the FY 2016 budget. It is imperative that you:
Provider Results Version 2.0
Saves Lives and Treasury
CBHA Members - Please use the provider results contained in this document as a template and use your own provider results in meetings with your legislators with a copy on file at the CBHA office. "Provider Results" should be sent to Sheryl Turpin at CBHA Central.
House and Senate appropriators have approved two vastly different versions of 2016 funding for addiction and mental health services. As Congress now moves toward the final step in the annual appropriations process, we need your help urging key lawmakers to speak out against proposed cuts to addiction treatment!
Please take action today and send your legislators a short message today!