Advocates: “Historic” $140 Million Mental Health, Addiction Care Funding Boost in Pritzker Budget

(Springfield, IL) – Governor JB Pritzker today proposed his fourth budget since taking office in 2019, a budget that included a $140 million investment in Illinois’ behavioral healthcare workforce.

“The Community Behavioral Healthcare Association applauds and appreciates Governor Pritzker for including in his proposed Fiscal Year 2023 budget the legislative funding initiative proposed by House Majority Leader Greg Harris and State Senator Elgie Sims, which has been championed by the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association and the Rebuild Illinois Behavioral Health Workforce Coalition, that would invest $140 million to rebuild Illinois behavioral health workforce,” said Community Behavioral Healthcare Association CEO Marvin Lindsey. “Governor Pritzker’s budget represents a historic financial investment in the care for individuals working to overcome mental health and substance use challenges.”

Illinois fiscal year begins on July 2, 2022.

The General Assembly is expected to approve a budget by its scheduled April 8 adjournment.

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