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    • Illinois State Treasurer Wants Drug Company to Help Fight Heroin Epidemic - WJBD Online July 26, 2017
      WNIJ and WNIUIllinois State Treasurer Wants Drug Company to Help Fight Heroin EpidemicWJBD Online... including Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs are requesting the McKesson corporation to help fight the U-S Heroin Epidemic. McKesson is one of the country's largest drug distributor, and treasurer frerichs wants the company to do more to prevent drug ...Il […]
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    • New Center to Help Newly Released Cook County Jail Inmates - U.S. News & World Report July 25, 2017
      New Center to Help Newly Released Cook County Jail InmatesU.S. News & World ReportThe goal of the new center is to help those who struggle with mental illness, substance abuse or homelessness. Cook County officials say at least 30 percent of the jail's daily population lives with some form of mental illness. Speakers at Wednesday's ...and more  […]
    • Southern Illinois crashes cause concerns; lawmakers chime in - KFVS July 24, 2017
      Southern Illinois crashes cause concerns; lawmakers chime inKFVSAccording to Illinois State Police Trooper Joey Watson, we've had a 28 percent increase in the number of wrecks from 2016 to 2017. This is due to what Watson calls the Fatal 4. "Distracted driving, impaired driving, alcohol consumption, drug abuse. It ...
    • Elderly and imprisoned: The 10 oldest female prisoners in Illinois - Reboot Illinois July 21, 2017
      Reboot IllinoisElderly and imprisoned: The 10 oldest female prisoners in IllinoisReboot IllinoisOne of the key findings showed 58 percent of pre-release and 55 percent of post-release registrants needed mental health or substance abuse treatment. Illinois has ambitious goals to change the number of inmates, as a whole — not just the older ones.School Distric […]
    • First community court in Illinois to open next month in North Lawndale - Chicago Sun-Times July 20, 2017
      Chicago Sun-TimesFirst community court in Illinois to open next month in North LawndaleChicago Sun-TimesA steering committee from government and the community helped develop the court. One of those residents, Dr. Carolyn Vessel, said the court will give “new life” not only to victims but also to offenders, who can get mental health counseling, substance ...a […]
    • Illinois wants to stop drug overdoses. This is the first step. - Belleville News-Democrat July 10, 2017
      Belleville News-DemocratIllinois wants to stop drug overdoses. This is the first step.Belleville News-DemocratIllinois' Prescription Monitoring Program, or PMP, records controlled substances when they are filled at pharmacies. The drugs fall into four categories, called Schedules, ranging from II, III, IV and V, based on their medical uses and abuse pot […]
    • Duckworth, Durbin announce over $24 million for community health centers across Illinois - RiverBender.com July 17, 2017
      RiverBender.comDuckworth, Durbin announce over $24 million for community health centers across IllinoisRiverBender.comCommunity health centers are community-based organizations that improve access to affordable, high-quality health care in underserved urban and rural communities by integrating primary health care with pharmacy, mental health, substance abuse […]
    • Training to help endangered children - WSIL TV July 14, 2017
      WSIL TVTraining to help endangered childrenWSIL TV"We hope to change the trajectory for the children that are being affected by the substance abuse activity by stressing collaboration," said Eric Nation, director of training and development for the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children. "And ...Training on collaboration provides hope […]
    • $3K LSD, Pot Stash Earns Palatine Teen Probation In Plea Deal - Patch.com July 24, 2017
      Patch.com$3K LSD, Pot Stash Earns Palatine Teen Probation In Plea DealPatch.comPALATINE, IL — A Palatine teen received two years probation as part of a plea deal following an arrest earlier this year in which police allegedly found more than $3,000 worth of LSD, marijuana and drug accessories in his basement bedroom while ...

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Pat Quinn to Get Budget that Eliminates Mental Health Care for 175,000 Illinois Residents – Maybe

Posted by Frank Anselmo on June 2, 2009

(Springfield, IL) — The Illinois General Assembly approved a doomsday budget on May 31.

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

Governor Pat Quinn

Governor Pat Quinn

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.

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–emerged from their meeting on Monday and announced they plan to hold more meetings on Thursday. They gave non-specific responses to questions about solutions to the budget impasse.

Governor Quinn said:

  • He would not sign the 50% GRF spending plan passed by lawmakers (at this time).
  • Social service providers would be notified later of “the possible consequences” of 50% funding.
  • He didn’t rule out signing the $30 billion capital bill–he had earlier said his signature was linked to passage of a balanced budget.
  • The “whole idea” of future meetings was to reach a balanced budget.

None of the legislative leaders said there was a time-line.  The governor could instruct agencies to continue operating at current levels leaving lawmakers to agree on an income tax increase later this year.

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.

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