On Thursday, September 24th, SB 2046 SFA #1 passed out of House Executive Committee 007-000-000. Bill is currently in the House and on 3rd Reading. House not due back until October 20th.
Please contact your Legislators and Urge Them to Vote Yes in Support of SB 2046 (Senate Floor Amendment #1)
HB 4150 HFA#1
On Thursday, September 24th, HB 4150 HFA #1 House Floor Amendment No. 1 Adopted 054-000-013. Bill is currently in the House and on 3rd Reading. House not due back until October 20th.
Please contact your Legislators and Urge Them to Vote Yes in Support of HB 4150 (House Floor Amendment #1)
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.
On August 25th, SB 1249 was returned to the Senate "pursuant to Section 9(e) of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, I hereby return Senate Bill 1249, entitled “AN ACT concerning regulation”, with the following specific recommendation for change: On page 3, line 15, by replacing “January 15, 2016” with “May 31, 2016”." Awaiting Senate concurrence.
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.
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!
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!