CBHA News Weblog

Community Behavioral Healthcare Associaton of Illinois

  • September 2017
    M T W T F S S
    « Apr    
     123
    45678910
    11121314151617
    18192021222324
    252627282930  
  • RSS llinois General Assembly News

    • Illinois General Assembly turnover could bring new faces to Springfield - WQAD.com September 18, 2017
      WQAD.comIllinois General Assembly turnover could bring new faces to SpringfieldWQAD.comWhile many voters were optimistic about the group of fresh faces coming in, a few members of the Illinois General Assembly say they want out. “There comes a time where enough is enough…some have been there many years and seen a lot of changes and ...
    • Rauner-Madigan war leads to exodus of lawmakers from Springfield - Chicago Tribune September 20, 2017
      PolitiFactRauner-Madigan war leads to exodus of lawmakers from SpringfieldChicago TribuneAll told, it's one-third of the entire General Assembly. For some veterans, the frustrations of the new evolution of partisanship have signaled a time to leave the political stage. For some relative newcomers, it's learning that in the current ...Rauner's […]
    • Editorial: New law tips scales of justice toward innocent - Quad-Cities Online September 22, 2017
      Editorial: New law tips scales of justice toward innocentQuad-Cities Online... brought together such disparate groups as the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and the Illinois Policy Institute. Thanks to this extraordinary collaborative effort, House Bill 303 passed a hyper-partisan Illinois General Assembly with ...
    • Illinois and Amazon: A Test for the State's Leaders - Chicago Tonight | WTTW September 20, 2017
      Chicago Tonight | WTTWIllinois and Amazon: A Test for the State's LeadersChicago Tonight | WTTWGetting the General Assembly to actually do it has been a challenge.” Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly have been at loggerheads for most of his term, as evidenced by Illinois' having gone a record-setting two years without a ...Chicag […]
    • Dennis Hastert Victim Scott Cross Speaks Out - Chicago Tonight | WTTW September 21, 2017
      Chicago Tonight | WTTWDennis Hastert Victim Scott Cross Speaks OutChicago Tonight | WTTWThat's why the Illinois General Assembly should provide sexual predators no safe harbor under the law based on arbitrary deadlines established by the stroke of a pen. It should offend everyone's faith in the judicial system that Illinois' laws today ...
    • Ex-cop Drew Peterson loses appeal for new trial in third wife's murder - USA TODAY September 21, 2017
      USA TODAYEx-cop Drew Peterson loses appeal for new trial in third wife's murderUSA TODAYIn 2008, following Savio's killing but prior to Peterson's 2009 indictment for her murder, the Illinois General Assembly passed a law that allows a judge to admit hearsay statements if a prosecutor can prove a defendant may have killed a witness to ...Peopl […]
    • Despite New Funding Formula, Some Schools Lose | NPR Illinois - NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS September 21, 2017
      NPR Illinois | 91.9 UISDespite New Funding Formula, Some Schools Lose | NPR IllinoisNPR Illinois | 91.9 UISOne promise heard repeatedly during debate over the Illinois' new school funding plan was "no red numbers," meaning any legislation that would make a.and more »
    • Glennon: About that 'whodunit' on apparently false pension savings in Illinois budget - Illinois News Network September 21, 2017
      Illinois News NetworkGlennon: About that 'whodunit' on apparently false pension savings in Illinois budgetIllinois News NetworkBut the General Assembly is just as guilty. Rauner put out the Tier 3 proposal and the $500 million claim in February, as the BGA points out. Rauner changed out most of his staff in July and August. Think maybe the former s […]
    • Illinois General Assembly passes school funding reform - RiverBender.com August 29, 2017
      RiverBender.comIllinois General Assembly passes school funding reformRiverBender.comSPRINGFIELD - After issuing an amendatory veto on Senate Bill 1 (SB1) to "remove a bailout for the Chicago Public Schools," Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is expected to sign the school funding legislation passed earlier today in Springfield.After Rauner signs fundi […]
    • As Lisa Madigan leaves office, few women ready to take her place - Chicago Tribune September 16, 2017
      NBC Chicago (blog)As Lisa Madigan leaves office, few women ready to take her placeChicago TribuneNo sooner had Lisa Madigan announced that she wasn't running again for attorney general of Illinois than the question of "what next?" started dogging her. The surprise of her decision and the speculation it stirred were so fevered Friday that she w […]
  • RSS Illinois Substance Abuse News

    • Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Are we making it too ... - The Capitol Fax Blog (blog) September 21, 2017
      Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Are we making it too ...The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)Frequent denials of payment for substance-abuse and mental-health services in Illinois are creating unnecessary barriers to treatment despite an ongoing opioid ...and more »
    • Illinois group sees 'red flags' in denial of mental-health payments - Peoria Journal Star September 20, 2017
      KY3Illinois group sees 'red flags' in denial of mental-health paymentsPeoria Journal StarSPRINGFIELD — Frequent denials of payment for substance-abuse and mental-health services in Illinois are creating unnecessary barriers to treatment despite an ongoing opioid crisis, a report released Tuesday says. “This raises a lot of red flags ...Illinois Hea […]
    • IL man to serve 3 years in prison on drug charge - KFVS September 20, 2017
      IL man to serve 3 years in prison on drug chargeKFVSThat probation was revoked, however, after Goolsby failed to report to his probation officer, did not complete his court ordered public service work and failed to obtain required alcohol and substance abuse treatment. Download the KFVS News app: iPhone ...
    • Galena Clinic provides comprehensive substance abuse treatment - Freeport Journal-Standard September 6, 2017
      Galena Clinic provides comprehensive substance abuse treatmentFreeport Journal-StandardGalena Clinic is a community-based outpatient program licensed by the Illinois Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse and regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and Drug Enforcement Administration. The clinic also is accredited by the ...
    • CVS Health announces major changes to fight opioid epidemic - WSIL TV September 22, 2017
      WSIL TVCVS Health announces major changes to fight opioid epidemicWSIL TVWSIL -- Southern Illinois pharmacists like David Mattingly know all about fighting the opioid abuse epidemic. "There's a lot of attention to doctors, the quantities they're prescribing," said Mattingly, who owns Herrin Drug. "They're starting to look ...and […]
    • CVS to limit the dispensing of opioids, strengthen patient counseling - WXYZ September 21, 2017
      WXYZCVS to limit the dispensing of opioids, strengthen patient counselingWXYZCHICAGO, IL - MAY 05: A sign marks the location of a new CVS pharmacy May 5, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois. CVS posted nearly a 25 percent rise in first quarter profit from a year ago, driven by an increase in generic drug sales and lower losses from theft.Cvs Health Corporation - CVS - […]
    • A forum in Jackson Co., IL addresses prescription drug abuse ... - KFVS September 13, 2017
      A forum in Jackson Co., IL addresses prescription drug abuse ...KFVSThe topic of prescription drug abuse was discussed Tuesday night at an event in Carbondale, Illinois on September 12.and more »
    • Illinois health care exchange rates could increase by 2018 - Clay Center Dispatch September 21, 2017
      Illinois health care exchange rates could increase by 2018Clay Center DispatchThe team already has bent over backward for another playmaker in WR Martavis Bryant, who was suspended for 2016, and couldn't afford to lose Bell for another substance abuse suspension, which could last 10 games, with Bell likely in Stage Three of the ...and more »
    • Two programs joining forces to combat opioid abuse - KCRG September 21, 2017
      KCRGTwo programs joining forces to combat opioid abuseKCRGThe difference now is both will coordinate that care—getting medical treatment at the clinic and then referring those same patients to ASAC for follow up substance abuse therapy. Both programs will benefit from a $175,700 federal grant to run the ...and more »
    • Obamacare 101: What would the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill do? - Los Angeles Times September 19, 2017
      Los Angeles TimesObamacare 101: What would the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill do?Los Angeles TimesPlans could not impose annual or lifetime limits on coverage and had to offer a basic set of benefits, including prescription drugs, maternity care and mental health and substance abuse services. They also could not charge older consumers more than ...What's in […]

Archive for the ‘Illinois General Assembly’ Category

Pat Quinn Should Not Sign Illinois Doomsday Budget, Mental Health Advocates Urge

Posted by Frank Anselmo on June 16, 2009

(Springfield, IL) — Governor Pat Quinn should not sign the Illinois Doomsday budget approved by the Illinois General Assembly on May 31, Illinois’ leading mental health advocates today urged.

“Increasing teen suicides, abandoning recovering mothers onto the street, and jailing the mentally ill are the

Frank Anselmo, CEO, CBHA

Frank Anselmo, CEO, CBHA

outcomes that the legislature’s budget offers,” said Frank Anselmo, CEO of the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois. Governor Quinn needs to clearly state he won’t sign the ‘Doomsday budget'”.

The legislature appropriated only 50% of last year’s budget to several state department for the coming fiscal year that begins on July 1.

As a result, the new budget guts human services, including mental health care and substance abuse treatment.

  • 175,000 people will lose community mental health services, dramatically increasing homelessness, institutionalization and incarceration rates.
  • 65,000 people with alcohol and substance addictions will lose treatment.

However, Anselmo noted that the legislature’s budget fully funds certain areas of state government operations and programs:

  • All state employee payroll costs, including funds for minimum 4% salary increases for union employees.
  • All Medicaid grants for Physicians, Hospitals and Nursing Homes.
  • All operation costs for public universities and community colleges.  Spending in these areas actually was increased.
  • Elementary and secondary education grants such as general state aid and special education.  Funding in these areas increases from last year.

Governor Pat Quinn and top legislative leaders–House Speaker Michael Madigan, House Minority Leader Tom Cross, Senate President John Cullerton, and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno–have been meeting regularly to seek solutions to the budget impasse. They meet again tomorrow.

The governor could instruct agencies to continue operating at current levels leaving lawmakers to agree on an income tax increase later this year, Anselmo says.

Leaders Radogno and Cross have said reforms and more cuts need to be agreed to before raising taxes.

At the moment, the doomsday budget (50% GRF in a lump sum for state departments) will not be sent to the Governor.  President Cullerton filed a motion to reconsider the vote on Senate Bill 1197–the budget bill, and Cullertons’ motion prevents the bill from being sent to the Governor at this time.

Advertisements

Posted in Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois Budget, Illinois General Assembly, Illinois Mental Health Care, Illinois Politics, Illinois Substance Abuse Treatment | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Mental Health Advocates in Springfield, Urge Illinois Lawmakers to Oppose ‘Sweep’ of Mental Health Care Money

Posted by Frank Anselmo on May 16, 2008

(Springfield, IL) — More than 200 mental health advocates came to Springfield on Wednesday asking legislators to forbid Governor Rod Blagojevich from sweeping away existing mental health care money and to ask for more money fund to mental health programs.

Advocates from Stepping Stones and Janet Wattles Center were among 55 people who traveled from Rockford to lobby the Illinois General Assembly.

“The reason we’re here is because treatment works — if we can get it,” said Mark Heyrman, a prominent mental health advocate in Illinois. “In order to have treatment, you have to have money to provide the treatment.”

Heyrman said mental health agencies need the dedicated mental health money to care for thousands of mentally ill individuals and it should not be used to plug a hole in this year’s budget.

The Senate has approved a bill, S.B. 530, to empower the governor to sweep $530 million from dedicated funds into the operating budget. Steve Brown, spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), said, however, the House has no plan to vote on the legislation.

Meanwhile, Frank Anselmo, left, CEO of the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois, expressed concern that $10 million appropriated in this year’s budget for mental health care has gone unspent by the state.

But Kelley Quinn, spokeswoman for the governor, said the money is being allocated to agencies.

“Nothing is being held,” she said. “It’s not like it’s just sitting there.”

Quinn said there might have been a delay because the budget for this fiscal year, which ends June 30, was not finalized until last fall.

The money remains in a special account managed by the Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes.

“It’s unspent,” said Anselmo.

Posted in Governor Rod Blagojevich, Illinois Budget, Illinois General Assembly, Illinois Mental Health Care, Illinois Politics | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Number of Illinois Residents Waiting in 2008 for Alcohol, Drug Abuse Treatment Jumps 17%, Report Says

Posted by Frank Anselmo on May 9, 2008

(Springfield, IL) – The estimated number of Illinois residents waiting for alcohol and drug abuse assessment and treatment at state-financed facilities in 2008 rose 17 percent in, according to a report released at a press conference in Springfield on May 1.

The report by the Survey Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago surveyed 106 Illinois community treatment providers in December 2007 and revealed 7,541 people were waiting for some form of treatment, up from 6,467 in March 2007.

“Substance abuse treatment works best when an individual is ready,” said Sara Moscato Howe, above, CEO of the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association. “Turning people away at the door is unacceptable and only leads to crises for the person and the community.”

Moscato Howe said the state must invest $41 million this year to provide care to the growing number of untreated Illinois residents, to decrease wait times, and to provide relief to community service providers burdened by escalating expenses.


State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg
(D-Evanston), left, is backing Moscato Howe’s call for additional money. Schoenberg is sponsoring legislation, S.B. 2886, to boost funding by $41 million in this year’s budget.

“Illinois is losing the battle against drug and alcohol abuse by failing to care for those who need treatment,” said Schoenberg. “We must stop the growing number of people forced on to waiting lists. We must be able to provide services for those who need help by adequately funding substance abuse treatment and prevention.”

Across the state, northern Illinois has the most people, 2,168, waiting for care. The fewest, 830, is in southern Illinois. The report also estimated that 595 youth are waiting for treatment. Central Illinois has the most youth waiting for treatment with 182 on waiting lists.

The funding legislation’s fate is uncertain.

Posted in Illinois Drug Treatment, Illinois General Assembly, Illinois Politics | Tagged: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

New Health Care Plan Aims to Help 17,000 More Illinois Residents Get Mental Health Care

Posted by Frank Anselmo on April 25, 2008

(Springfield, IL) – On March 5th, Illinois mental health advocates announced at a Springfield press conference a new health care initiative that could extend mental health care to an additional 17,000 residents in Illinois.

Under the “Bridging the Health Care Gap” plan developed by the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois, an additional 16,829 Illinois residents—of which 8,830 are children—fighting depression or teen suicide could soon get the help they need once the state of Illinois starts spending existing mental health care dollars.

“Any decent Illinois health care plan needs to provide mental health care too; otherwise, the health plan is a mirage,” said Frank Anselmo, CEO of the Community Behavioral Health Care Association. “This new health plan does that—it provides mental health care to more people in Illinois.”

“Once the legislature and the Governor give the green light, the $42 million available and designated for mental health can be used to provide mental health care to more people in Illinois,” said CBHA Board President, Diana Knaebe, above.

For example, Anselmo says local mental health care providers will be able to:

  • Provide more mental health clinics to help students at local high schools.
  • Initiate house calls to homebound seniors who can no longer drive or navigate public transportation.
  • Help children to get child psychiatrist services, saving parents the need to travel for hours to another state with their suffering child.
  • Hire bi-lingual and bi-cultural mental health counselors to explain the purpose, value, and directions of prescribed medications to non-English speaking patients.

The plan would cost an estimated $42 million. Key to CBHA’s plan is drawing on $42 million from the Hospital Tax Assessment money received from the federal government nearly a year ago and money from the state’s Mental Health Trust Fund.

Anselmo, above, worries, however, that Governor Rod Blagojevich will sweep away mental health care money to plug the emerging state budget hole, sacrificing the mental health care and alcohol and drug abuse treatment needs of residents.

“The Illinois General Assembly appropriated $10 million six months ago for mental health care, yet not a single dollar has reached mental health care agencies in Illinois,” said Anselmo.

“The legislature must ensure that the Governor does not sweep mental health care money, but spends it on mental health care.”

Posted in Governor Rod Blagojevich, Illinois Budget, Illinois General Assembly, Illinois Mental Health Care, Illinois Politics | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »