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CBHA cordially invites you to
Exhibit at our 43rd Annual Conference
December 14 & 15, 2015

CBHA is recognized as the premier association serving the needs of behavioral healthcare providers. This event is one of the largest, most widely attended and well respected of any mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse trade association conferences in Illinois. Each year more and more organizations have added to the success of our conference by participating as an exhibitor, sponsor, and/or advertiser. Your participation this year assures you an opportunity to meet behavioral health care providers from across the state.



Join CBHA at Hill Day
October 5-6, 2015
in Washington, DC

Hill Day is the biggest behavioral health advocacy event of the year, where hundreds of stakeholders join together in our mission to serve people living with mental illness and addictions by urging Congress to support our work. Hill Day is held in partnership with 8 other national organizations: NAMI, Mental Health America, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, International Bipolar Foundation, Legal Action Center, Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, and Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy.

Thank you for all that you do to advance mental health and addictions care.
I hope to see you at Hill Day!

Click here to register and book your hotel room.



CMS Issues Opportunity for Substance Use Delivery Transformation, Including Limited IMD Coverage

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a State Medicaid Director (SMD) letter outlining new service delivery opportunities for individuals with a substance use disorder (SUD). The letter highlights a new opportunity for states to use Section 1115 waivers to test Medicaid coverage of a full continuum of addiction treatment settings, including settings that would otherwise be prohibited under the Institutions for Mental Disease (IMD) exclusion.
More information and the full article on The National Council website can be found here.



Transition to ICD-10 and DSM-5

A Communication Alert disseminated to providers on June 26th 2015 contained an attachment that provided the Illinois DHS Division of Mental Health DSM-V/ICD-10 Diagnosis List that will become effective October 1, 2015.  DMH providers who maintain their own management information systems will need to update their registration file layout to be able to submit these diagnoses using the batch registration submission process, as the new DSM-V/ICD-10 codes require a different reporting format.

Links to the Batch Registration Submission Guide and the DSM-V/ICD-10 Diagnosis List can be found on CBHA's DSM-5 webpage.



HFS Informational Notice
State Fiscal Year 2016

Illinois begins FY 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016) without a State budget and appropriation. The July 10th notice from Director Norwood lists payment information.
HFS Informational Notices webpage


Upcoming Events

August 07, 2015 10:00 AM • Teleconference
September 07, 2015 8:00 AM • CBHA Offices Closed
October 12, 2015 8:00 AM • CBHA Offices Closed
November 26, 2015 8:00 AM • CBHA Offices Closed
November 27, 2015 8:00 AM • CBHA Offices Closed
December 14, 2015 • Hyatt Regency Woodfield, Schaumburg, IL
December 24, 2015 12:00 PM • CBHA Offices Closed 1/2 Day
December 25, 2015 8:00 AM • CBHA Offices Closed
December 31, 2015 12:00 PM • CBHA Offices Closed 1/2 Day
January 01, 2016 8:00 AM • CBHA Offices Closed
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On Friday, July 31, 2015, Illinois lost two more community health providers who will be shutting down. Sad situation! In an article in today’s Crain’s Business online newspaper, the author reports that social services are caught in the Governor and General Assembly’s fight and that “the folks who take care of our most vulnerable, our most in need, are being threatened with extinction.”  He also states that providers are not going public about the impact. The reality is that we must continue to communicate and educate the impact of the budget impasse to our legislators, DHS Secretary, community stakeholders and the Governor’s office, regularly. As the budget mess continues, providers who said back in June that they had enough reserves to last 2-3 months or who had funds in the FY’15 “queue”, are seeing those funds depleted. 


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.



On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, the Senate passed SB 2040 HAM#1 (039-000-015). The bill was then sent to the Governor and it will be up to the Governor to approve it; use his line item veto; veto it; or, by not taking action, let it expire. If SB2040 is signed, the Governor as the chief executive officer of the state will decide what items are supported within the lump sum categories and when the funds are disbursed.

HB 0001 Sent to Governor


HB 0001 (HAM 2 & 3) was sent to the Governor on June 26, 2015. CBHA sent a letter urging him to sign the legislation into law.

SB 1249 Sent to Governor


SB 1249 was sent to the Governor on June 29, 2015. CBHA sent a letter urging him to sign the legislation into law.

HB 4096 Sent to Governor


HB 4096 was sent to the Governor on July 15, 2015. CBHA sent a letter urging him to sign the legislation into law.



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:

  1. Reforms
  2. Re-amortize the Pension debt spreading payments over a longer period of time
  3. Lower tax rates for calendar year 2015 - just not as dramatically as letting the rates fall off the cliff taking the entire state down with them.

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:

  • Contact your state elected members of the General Assembly about the values of your services and the need for including reforms and additional revenues in the FY 2016 budget negotiations.
  • Ask your networks and coalitions to contact their state elected members of the General Assembly about the values of your services and the need for including reforms and additional revenues in the FY 2016 budget negotiations.
  • Leverage communication opportunities in local media and public forums to elevate the value of your services and call for reforms and additional revenue.
    CBHA calls for Reforms and Additional Revenue

Provider Results Version 2.0
Access to Prevention, Care, Treatment and Services

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.

Ask Your Representative to Support
Addiction Treatment and Recovery


The new Congress has settled in here on Capitol Hill. While we don't yet know which behavioral health bills lawmakers will take up this year, there's one thing we know for sure - it's never too early to start building support for a strong substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery agenda.


Please take action today to help us get a head start, by asking your Representative to join the Addiction Treatment and Recovery Caucus!

Urge Congress to Preserve Funding for Substance Use Treatment


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!
The Senate Appropriations Committee-approved measure would cut $127 million from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, including $50 million from the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant. Significant cuts to these programs would spark a drastic reduction in the number of Americans able to access lifesaving substance use treatment. Recognizing the critical nature of these programs to supporting addiction treatment throughout the country, the House Appropriations Committee version preserves level funding for these critical programs.

Please take action today and send your legislators a short message today!

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Our mission is to represent the interests of our members in order
to ensure access and availability of a comprehensive system of
accountable, quality behavioral healthcare services for the people of Illinois.

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