The Illinois House voted 105-5 on Wednesday, 9/2/15, to reverse Governor Rauner's changes to HB 1. The legislation now moves to the Senate for a potential veto override.
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 Wednesday, July 15, 2015, the Senate passed SB 2040 HAM#1 (039-000-015). The bill was then sent to the Governor and it will be up to the Governor to approve it; use his line item veto; veto it; or, by not taking action, let it expire. If SB2040 is signed, the Governor as the chief executive officer of the state will decide what items are supported within the lump sum categories and when the funds are disbursed.
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.
On Thursday, August 20, 2015, Governor Rauner signed SB 2042 into law (PA-99-0409). The Senate Concurred with House Committee Amendment #2 and House Floor Amendment #3 and passed SB 2042 (052-000-000) and sent it to the Governor for signature. The Governor signed the bill today - Thursday, August 20, 2015.
PA-99- 0409 provides appropriations for the remaining federal funds totaling 4.8 billion for FY ‘16. Public Act 99-05 contains federal education funds and, coupled with the amendment, brings the total FF appropriations to $7.65 billion. All the federal funds for the executive agencies mirror the level introduced by the governor.
Unfortunately, this revenue bill did not address the state funding for psychiatric services and non-Medicaid services for mental health and substance abuse.
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!