From the Mental Health Summit
The 2016 regular session of the Illinois legislature ended on May 31st, 2016 with no state budget. We have now gone 11 months without a budget. Every day, the state gets further in debt and further behind in paying human services providers. In human terms, that has caused staff layoffs and serious cutbacks in community mental health services. Providers that are able to do so have been borrowing money, but borrowing money is not free and borrowed money must be paid back. In state psychiatric hospitals, there are staff shortages and shortages of every day necessities such as toilet paper, toothpaste and towels.
Enough is enough!
Everyone who cares about providing decent and human care and services to persons with mental illnesses should:
- Call Governor Rauner and urge him to sign Senate Bill 2038 which restores funding for human services.
- Call your State Senator and State Representative and urge them to pass a revenue bill to support funding for human services. Yes this means a tax increase. The state is $7 billion in debt and we cannot afford decent mental health services without a tax increase. Click here to find the contact information for your legislators.