CBHA News Weblog

Community Behavioral Healthcare Associaton of Illinois

  • October 2018
    M T W T F S S
    « Apr    
    1234567
    891011121314
    15161718192021
    22232425262728
    293031  
  • RSS llinois General Assembly News

    • This RSS feed URL is deprecated October 18, 2018
      This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news
    • Pritzker pumps $146M of his cash into Illinois governor bid - The Columbian October 17, 2018
      The ColumbianPritzker pumps $146M of his cash into Illinois governor bidThe ColumbianIllinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, right, and his Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker faced-off in a debate in Chicago. Republicans who gained ground in the Illinois General Assembly two years ago with Gov. Bruce Rauner's financial help face a ...Tillman returns to […]
    • Terry Link: Who he is, why he's running for Illinois Senate, his positions - Chicago Sun-Times October 18, 2018
      Chicago Sun-TimesTerry Link: Who he is, why he's running for Illinois Senate, his positionsChicago Sun-TimesTerry Link is the Democratic nominee for Illinois Senate in the 30th District.and more »
    • Meet the Candidates: 2018 Illinois statewide General Election - WGN-TV October 12, 2018
      WGN-TVMeet the Candidates: 2018 Illinois statewide General ElectionWGN-TVShe was first elected as a state representative of the 1st District in 2000, and was the youngest member of the Illinois General Assembly that year. She held that seat for 10 years before successfully running for city clerk of Chicago. Mendoza was ...Here's the transcript of lively […]
    • Without Rauner money, GOP faces tough legislative races - KMOV.com October 14, 2018
      KMOV.comWithout Rauner money, GOP faces tough legislative racesKMOV.comSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republicans who gained ground in the Illinois General Assembly two years ago with Gov. Bruce Rauner's financial assistance have a tougher go of it this year. Rauner and his top backers showered more than $40 million on ...and more »
    • Who is Tom Cullerton? - Chicago Sun-Times October 18, 2018
      Chicago Sun-TimesWho is Tom Cullerton?Chicago Sun-TimesCullerton: I am not taking the General Assembly Pension. ... If Illinois were to pass this law we need to make sure we can test for driver impairment, an age restriction similar to alcohol and a taxation system that would help the state pay down it's ...
    • Illinois sports gambling bill probably won't come until next year - The State Journal-Register October 17, 2018
      The State Journal-RegisterIllinois sports gambling bill probably won't come until next yearThe State Journal-RegisterLou Lang, D-Skokie, told a pair of House subcommittees Wednesday that he is working on a bill to bring sports betting to Illinois. After the hearing, though, Lang said it will be after a new General Assembly is seated in January before he […]
    • John Curran: Candidate profile - Daily Herald - Chicago Daily Herald October 18, 2018
      John Curran: Candidate profile - Daily HeraldChicago Daily HeraldJohn Curran is a candidate for Illinois Senate District 41.and more »
    • Craig Wilcox: Candidate profile - Daily Herald - Chicago Daily Herald October 17, 2018
      Chicago Daily HeraldCraig Wilcox: Candidate profile - Daily HeraldChicago Daily HeraldCraig Wilcox is a candidate for Illinois Senate District 32.Craig Wilcox: Candidate profile – BrinkwireBrinkwire (press release)all 4 news articles »
    • Illinois Comptroller Republican nominee: Darlene Senger - Chicago Sun-Times October 1, 2018
      Chicago Sun-TimesIllinois Comptroller Republican nominee: Darlene SengerChicago Sun-TimesThe Comptroller must serve as a strong voice on fiscal issues facing the state of Illinois. I spent my professional career analyzing investment portfolios. As a Naperville City Councilman and as a state representative in the IL General Assembly, I was ...
  • RSS Illinois Substance Abuse News

    • This RSS feed URL is deprecated October 18, 2018
      This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news
    • Illinois gets $44M in federal funds to fight opioid abuse - Belleville News-Democrat September 20, 2018
      Chicago Tonight | WTTWIllinois gets $44M in federal funds to fight opioid abuseBelleville News-DemocratIllinois will get about $29 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration. It will increase availability of addiction treatment using medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration and to reduce overdose-related ...HHS […]
    • Centerstone receives $3 million to launch new care program in Metro East - St. Louis Business Journal October 16, 2018
      St. Louis Business JournalCenterstone receives $3 million to launch new care program in Metro EastSt. Louis Business JournalCenterstone, which is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, but has Illinois facilities, is one of three organizations selected by Illinois to collaborate on the Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) […]
    • Drug and alcohol arrests drop at Illinois colleges, but two schools see increase - WLS-TV September 18, 2018
      WLS-TVDrug and alcohol arrests drop at Illinois colleges, but two schools see increaseWLS-TVDrug and alcohol-related arrests at Illinois colleges dropped more than 30 percent from 2015-16, according to a study by ProjectKnow.com, a website that provides information on substance abuse, released last week. The analysis showed a nationwide ...and more »
    • IDHS' Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances reaches 5000th call and launches new features - The Herald-News October 16, 2018
      The Herald-NewsIDHS' Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances reaches 5000th call and launches new featuresThe Herald-NewsBoth HelplineIL.org and the call-in Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances are funded by federal grant dollars that the state of Illinois secured from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Opioid Stat […]
    • Missouri, Illinois receive millions in federal funding to fight opioid abuse - St. Louis Business Journal September 21, 2018
      St. Louis Business JournalMissouri, Illinois receive millions in federal funding to fight opioid abuseSt. Louis Business JournalThe funding, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is part of HHS's five-point opioid strategy launched last year and […]
    • Illinois State Treasurer's Office to visit library - DeKalb Daily Chronicle October 15, 2018
      Illinois State Treasurer's Office to visit libraryDeKalb Daily ChronicleIllinois Department of Insurance officials will share presentations and guidebooks regarding Mental Health Parity and Substance Abuse Disorders to assist Illinois consumers. The open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act ...
    • Surgeon general visits Illinois, Missouri to bring attention to opioid abuse - St. Louis Public Radio September 20, 2018
      St. Louis Public RadioSurgeon general visits Illinois, Missouri to bring attention to opioid abuseSt. Louis Public RadioWhile visiting Addiction Treatment Strategies in Edwardsville, where he met with health care officials and local officials, Adams spoke of his young brother Phillip, who is in prison because of crimes he committed to support his substance a […]
    • Feds give $43.5M to Illinois for opioid treatment programs - Belleville News-Democrat September 20, 2018
      Belleville News-DemocratFeds give $43.5M to Illinois for opioid treatment programsBelleville News-DemocratIllinois will get about $29 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to increase availability of addiction treatment using medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration and to reduce overdose-related deaths ... […]
    • DuPage County Getting $471000 for Mental Health Program - U.S. News & World Report October 14, 2018
      DuPage County Getting $471000 for Mental Health ProgramU.S. News & World ReportIt will assist about 700 people with mental illness and substance abuse stay out of the criminal justice system as well as help prevent jail inmates from committing crimes once they are released from custody. In a news release, the health department ...and more »

Posts Tagged ‘Illinois substance abuse funding’

Our View: Quinn, Lawmakers Must Deliver Rescue to Prevent 45,000 Illinois Residents from Losing Mental Health Care, Drug Treatment

Posted by Frank Anselmo on May 19, 2009

Without a $92 million state financial rescue, mental health care and drug treatment services will be lost for more than 45,000 Illinois residents—by June 30, 2010.

Essentially, the Illinois mental health care and drug treatment system is in a slow motion bankruptcy because of the failure of the state of Illinois to adequately fund care.

A survey by the Community Behavioral Health Care Association of Illinois reveals that drug treatment and mental health care for 16,612 Illinois residents—9,625 children—will be eliminated and care another 29,812 Illinois residents—16,387 adults and 13,425 children—will be reduced during the next 12 months.

Mental health and drug treatment advocates are seeking a $93 million financial rescue from the state to staunch the loss of care.

Illinois political leaders must use available federal government money or other new state revenues to avert an unfolding humanitarian crisis.

This loss of care can still be avoided if Governor Pat Quinn, Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton, House Minority Leader Tom Cross, and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno commit the political will and the money to a rescue of behavioral healthcare as they finalize the state budget before May 31.

If they fail to stage the $93 million financial rescue, then more than 45,000 Illinois residents—of whom 25,000 of whom are children–will lose behavioral healthcare.

Quinn, Madigan, Cross, Cullerton, and Radogno must hear from voters to take action.

Frank Anselmo, CEO, Community Behavioral Healthcare Association

Advertisements

Posted in Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois Budget, Illinois Mental Health Care | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Coulson Bill Aims to Speed Payment to Struggling Illinois Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Drug Treatment Providers

Posted by Frank Anselmo on March 4, 2009

(Springfield, IL) – An Illinois House panel last week unanimously supported legislation to help speed state payments owed to Illinois mental health, developmental disabilities, and drug treatment providers

State Rep. Beth Coulson

State Rep. Beth Coulson

struggling under the weight of unpaid state bills.

The House State Government Administration Committee on February 25 voted 17-0 to approve House Bill 616, sponsored by State Rep. Beth Coulson (R-Glenview).

“Local community health care providers, who are helping people to deter suicide, forestall family violence, or care for disabled children, are withering on the financial vine because they are not getting paid on time,” said Frank Anselmo, CEO of the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois.

“I get a telephone call nearly every week from a provider who is only two or three weeks shy of disbanding care and shutting their doors because the state is 90 days to 120 days late paying its bills, “ said Anselmo.

“Behavioral health care is on the brink of collapse in multiple communities around the state.”

Coulson’s legislation requires the Comptroller to give priority to mental health, developmental disabilities, and drug treatment providers after the state’s debt service obligations and payroll have been met.

The bill’s bipartisan co-sponsors include: State Representatives LaShawn Ford, Daniel Beiser, Thomas Holbrook, Mike Smith, Patricia Bellock, Jim Watson, Rosemary Mulligan, Lisa Dugan, Jim Sacia, Robert Pritchard, Greg Harris, Kay Hatcher, Fred Crespo, Mike Bost, Sandra Pihos, Dan Reitz, Jack Franks, Suzanne Bassi and Lou Lang.

The full Illinois House is soon expected to vote on the measure.

Posted in Illinois Developmental Disabilities, Illinois Mental Health Care, Illinois Substance Abuse Treatment | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

C4 Client Spies Governor Blagojevich Jogging During Impeachment Vote, Joins Him in the Jog–and Plugs Funding for Mental Health Care

Posted by Frank Anselmo on January 21, 2009

(Chicago, IL) — Ayesha McClendon couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw a guy with a shaggy mane of hair running toward her on Lawrence Avenue last Thursday morning in Uptown.

Usually when you see someone running down the sidewalk like that in Uptown, you jump into a vestibule. You start walking in the opposite direction, so you don’t accidentally get hit in the head with a bag full of quarters, or a bullet.

Except the guy McClendon saw was Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was jogging back to Ravenswood Manor around the same time he was getting impeached by Illinois House representatives.

Read More …

Posted in Illinois Budget, Illinois Drug Treatment, Illinois Mental Health Care | Tagged: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

IL Senate Oks Restoration of $63 Million for Drug Treatment, Mental Health; Advocates Urge Governor Blagojevich to Sign Legislation

Posted by Frank Anselmo on September 24, 2008

(Springfield, IL) – The Illinois Senate yesterday voted to restore $55 million to the state’s alcohol and drug treatment budget and $8 million to mental health care which had been originally vetoed by Governor Rod Blagojevich.

The Senate voted, 55-0, to restore the $63 million to state addiction treatment services and mental health care to halt the elimination of care for 42,000 across Illinois as part of $219 million supplement budget bill (SB 1103) to restore other state programs and services also vetoed by the Governor.

The House voted, 113-3, last week to restore the money.

“The Governor should the approve the funding immediately to halt the on-going elimination of care across the state,” said Frank Anselmo, CEO, Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois.

On July 9, Blagojevich cut $55 million from addiction treatment services and also line-item vetoed money from specific programs:  victims of domestic violence, women returning from incarceration, youth treatment, youth in the court system, and women receiving federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families who require treatment to be employed.

The legislation now goes to the Governor’s desk for approval.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Already Cut by $25 Million, Governor Rod Blagojevich Now Threatens to Slash Mental Health Budget by $80 Million More; 62,000 at Risk

Posted by Frank Anselmo on September 18, 2008

(Springfield, IL) – Coming on the heels of a previously announced $25 million cut to the state’s mental health budget, Governor Rod Blagojevich’s Administration is now threatening to eliminate an additional $80 million. The cumulative $105 million cut would toss more than 62,000 people struggling with mental illness out of care, according to state mental health advocates.

“Governor Blagojevich’s Administration had already announced a $25 million cut to mental health, before his aides announced a further $80 million cut,” said Frank Anselmo, CEO of the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois. “A loss of $105 million will push more than 62,000 people out of care in Illinois”

“Imagine you are parent of a 11-year old child struggling with mental illness who is threatening to set fire to your home or to kill himself with a knife and you learn you have lost your child’s care,” said Anselmo. “Imagine the parent’s anguish.”

On August 26, The Illinois Department of Human Services announced to community mental health providers in a letter that their state contract is now “…subject to a reduction not to exceed twenty percent (20%) as necessary…”

The newly threatened budget cuts are heaped upon mental health and mental health-relied human services reductions already announced, totaling an additional $125 million:

  • $45 million—Department of Children and Family Services
  • $55 million—Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • $25 million—Division of Mental Health Services

“None of these services for children and families work in isolation from each other,” said Anselmo. “In many cases, they are getting hit with triple whammies by the cuts.”

Anselmo estimates nearly 103,000 people will be losing some form of mental health, substance abuse or foster care across Illinois.

“There is no vulnerable Illinois family reliant upon state care that will go unscathed,” said Anselmo. “It’s hard to get my mind around the loss of so much care to so many fragile families. It’s unprecedented.”

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