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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.



Join CBHA at Hill Day
October 5-6, 2015
in Washington, DC

Hill Day is the biggest behavioral health advocacy event of the year, where hundreds of stakeholders join together in our mission to serve people living with mental illness and addictions by urging Congress to support our work. Hill Day is held in partnership with 8 other national organizations: NAMI, Mental Health America, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, International Bipolar Foundation, Legal Action Center, Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, and Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy.

Thank you for all that you do to advance mental health and addictions care.
I hope to see you at Hill Day!

Click here to register and book your hotel room.



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

September 07, 2015 8:00 AM • CBHA Offices Closed
September 09, 2015 10:00 AM • Springfield, IL
September 11, 2015 9:30 AM • Mt. Vernon, IL
September 17, 2015 10:00 AM • Teleconference
October 12, 2015 8:00 AM • CBHA Offices Closed
November 26, 2015 8:00 AM • CBHA Offices Closed
November 27, 2015 8:00 AM • CBHA Offices Closed
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
  • Associate Director of Fundraising
  • Association Professional
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Director, Behavioral Health
  • Medicaid Coordinator
  • Youth Counselors - Full and Part Time
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Full Time/Spanish Speaking

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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House Reverses Changes
HB 0001 Now Moves to Senate


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.

SB 1249 Sent to Governor


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.

HB 4096 Sent to Governor


HB 4096 was sent to the Governor on July 15, 2015. CBHA sent a letter urging him to sign the legislation into law.

SB 2042 Signed by Governor


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:

  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.

Ask Your Representative to Support
Addiction Treatment and Recovery


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!

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!

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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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