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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.




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

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 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.


Upcoming Events

December 14, 2015 • Hyatt Regency Woodfield, Schaumburg, IL
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
January 22, 2016 9:30 AM • Metropolitan Family Services - Chicago, IL
  • Association Professional
  • Youth Counselors - Full and Part Time
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Full Time/Spanish Speaking
  • Executive Director
  • Case Manager - Foster Care

Check out the Job Postings page for details.


JOIN US! - If your agency is not yet a CBHA Member, we have a special trial membership offer just for you!


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CBHA Joins Group to Meet with Senator Durbin

On November 14th, CBHA CEO Marvin Lindsey joined the National Council, IARF, IADDA, and DMH Director Diana Knaebe, in a meeting with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin regarding the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs). The purpose of the meeting was to request the Senator’s support to increase the number of Demonstration awardees from 8 to 24. The 45-minute meeting with Senator Durbin began with a discussion on the need and value of the CCBHCs for individuals with chronic and serious mental health and substance use conditions. The Senator asked several questions that the group responded to; and at the end of the meeting; he agreed to support the increase of Demonstration awardees from 8 to 24. The Senator also stated that he will speak with Senator Roy Blount, of Missouri, who sits on the Senate Committee on Appropriations, about increasing the number of CCBHC Demonstration projects to 24.  A big thank you to Senator Durbin.


Speak up for expanded
behavioral health access in Illinois!


As you know, Illinois was one of 24 states to receive Excellence in Mental Health Act planning grant money. However, only eight states will ultimately participate in the demonstration program. The National Council is working to expand the demonstration program to include all 24 states – but they need your help to do it!


Today, they sent an Action Alert to all members all across Illinois. Please help us urge Congress to expand the Excellence Act to all 24 eligible states – take action today.


Our legislative champions on Capitol Hill are working hard to get the Excellence Act expansion included in one of the year-end bills currently before Congress. Help us support that effort by sending a message to your legislators today.




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.



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.

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!

CBHA Mission:

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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