PRESENTATION MATERIALS FROM THE 2013 ACMHAI LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Dr. Ron Manderscheid's opening presentation on the federal landscape focusing on Affordable Care Act and federal mental health initiatives:
Manderscheid ACMHAI Leg Conf 4-17-13
George Hovanec's take on Illinois fiscal issues and why we should care:
Hovanec presentation on Illinois Finance FY 2014 - ACMHAI Conference 4-17-13
HFS Director Julie Hamos' presention:
HFS Presentation ACMHAI Leg Conf 4-18-13
DMH presentations by Dan Wasmer:
DMH Strategic Plan - ACMHAI Leg Conf 4-18-13
DMH Regional Planning 2012 - ACMHAI Leg Conf 4-18-13
CBHA Presentation on Mental Health Issues:
CBHA - ACMHAI Leg Conf 4-18-13
IADDA Presentation and Supporting Materials on Substance Use and Addiction Issues:
IADDA - ACMHAI Leg Conf 4-18-13
IADDA Information on FY14Budget-SUD FieldRequest_FINAL
IADDA SU and Addiction Services Funding_Graphs _FY8-13
Melissa Picciola, Equip for Equality, Presentation on DD/ID Issues:
DD/ID presentation - ACMHAI Leg Conf 4-18-13
ACMHAI Membership Takes Positions
At the Annual Meeting of the ACMHAI Membership, two important positions were taken on timely issues:
1. Medicaid Expansion
The first position is support for Medicaid Expansion in Illinois as outlined in SB 26.
SB 26 Medicaid Expansion Fact Sheetis a Fact Sheet developed by the bill drafters.
You can read ACMHAI's position paper here: Medicaid expansion position and rationale - adopted by ACMHAI membership 12-08-12
This bill is expected to come up for vote early in the legislative session. There is pressure to get this decision made, as there will be a great deal of work to be done by year end if Illinois elects to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. To state your support for Medicaid Expansion in Illinois, call your Illinois State Senator and Representatives and ask them to support SB 26.
2. Continuing planning for the Illinois Children & Youth Behavioral Health System
For those who have been following the zigs and zags, fits and starts, and seemingly parallel planning processes around behavioral health going on in Illinois for the past two years, two of the projects (Regional Behavioral Health planning and the Statewide Behavioral Health Task Force) are wrapping up the planning portions of those efforts. Although system issues for children and youth are included in both these efforts, the plans are comprehensive in scope, addressing the whole array of behavioral health services and systems. Both of these are Strategic Planning efforts and will not result in a complete operations plan for transforming the behavioral health system for children and youth in Illinois.
The Children & Youth Illinois United for Youth SAMSHA-funded planning effort has received a no-cost extension to continue development of a statewide plan around System of Care principles which may go much deeper, but is still time limited. In support of the continuing work of IUY, but also recognizing that more attention needs to be brought to addressing the system of behavioral health services for children and youth, ACMHAI has followed up on the recommendations adopted by the Human Services Commission that recognizes no one state agency alone is responsible for the children and youth system of care.
You can read the Human Services Commission Report and Recommendations of the Children's Behavioral Health Sub-Workgroup here: Childrens Behavioral Health - Report and Recommendations to HSC- 10-12
ACMHAI is proposing that the Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership be designated to continue the process of developing, implementing, monitoring and assessing a statewide Behavioral Health Plan for Children and Youth.
ACMHAI's Position Paper:
ACMHAI Position on CMH system planning - Adopted 12-07-12
PLEASE SHARE THIS RESOLUTION AND REQUEST THAT YOUR ORGANIZATION, YOUR PARTNERS AND YOUR COMMUNITY SIGN ON IN SUPPORT OF CONTINUING TO DEVELOP AND PUT IN PLACE A TRANSFORMATIONAL PLAN FOR THE ILLINOIS SYSTEM OF CARE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH WITH BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NEEDS.
Let us know if your organization signs on. Send an e-mail to Phyllis Russell, Executive Director of ACMHAI at email@example.com.