Urgent Action Required: Ask the Governor for an Amendatory Veto of Senate Bill 26
Please note that as of July 16, 2013, the Governor has yet to act on this bill. So there is still time to call him and ask for an amendatory veto!!!
The Mental Health Summit strongly supports the expansion of Medicaid. Senate Bill 26 enables Illinois to fully implement Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, paving the way for hundreds of thousands of individuals who are currently uninsured to receive Medicaid benefits for the first time and for the State to receive an unprecedented infusion of federal dollars to pay for those benefits.
However, the Mental Health Summit opposes House Committee Amendment Number 1 to SB 26, which expands the scope of services provided by Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Facilities. Specifically, we urge an amendatory veto of SB 26, deleting pages 1-40. These provisions deliver yet another blow to the mental health community by diverting necessary funding away from community mental health services towards Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMDs). Contrary to the needs of mental health patients, these IMDs are concentrated in a limited geographic area, forcing patients to travel long distances to receive inadequate treatment. Further, this diversion of funds will continue the excessive institutionalization of persons with mental illnesses in IMDs.
We urge you to call and/or write Governor Quinn to have him issue an amendatory veto of SB 26 that removes only the Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Provisions of the bill included on pages 1-40:
Governor Pat Quinn
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph, 16-100
Chicago, IL 60601