Fewer silos, more partnerships. That's what a mental health trade association says it's taken away from presentations from Rauner administration members at a conference this week. Community Behavioral Healthcare Association CEO Marvin Lindsey says the Illinois Department of Human Services secretary criticized an across-the-board approach to cuts and said “hard choices” would help prioritize things for the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2016.
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“It's destroying our infrastructure,” Lindsey said of the state's current social service climate. “We have built up a system over the years that is starting to become dismantled. It seems like right now, there is no end in sight.”
While you would obviously go to an emergency room for a broken arm, Lindsey says people in need of mental health services are diverted elsewhere or placed on months-long waiting lists.