Mental Health Facilities in Illinois
As Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner does battle with the Democratic forces of Mike Madigan in Springfield and Illinois residents choose sides in the political feud, an organization that advocates for people suffering from mental illness in Illinois has issued a report.
You probably don't care. Most such reports are boring, full of facts and technical jargon and usually about stuff that's of little interest to anyone. I haven't heard about anyone shooting up a shopping mall or movie theater recently, so mental health care is not high on anybody's list of priorities.
But I think it's interesting, especially in light of the debate over the state budget, taxes and the public outcry to cut the fat in state government. Because here's what the report says happens when governors and state legislators take out their budget ax:
•Between 2009 and 2012, Illinois cut $113.7 million in funding from mental health services.
•Since 2009, the state has closed two inpatient facilities (including the Tinley Park Mental Health Center), six Chicago mental health clinics and several community mental health agencies throughout the state.
•Emergency room visits for people experiencing psychiatric crisis increased by 19 percent between 2009 and 2012.
•Cook County Jail has become the largest mental health provider in Illinois. Of approximately 76, 400 people who were admitted to Cook County Jail in 2012, 45, 840 were people with a mental illness.
•The total number of nights spent in a shelter statewide increased from 2 million in fiscal year 2011 to 3 million in fiscal 2013. The National Alliance to End Homelessness estimates that approximately 32 percent of the roughly 14, 000 homeless people on any given night in Illinois have a serious mental illness.
All of this and much more is included in the white paper by the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Chicago. The report warns that "Governor Runner's proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget cuts will further strain our already fragile health system."
That's likely to make the people who voted for the governor unhappy because they figure it's us (taxpayers) against them (free-spending Democrats and their freeloading buddies).
I've been trying to explain to people for months that nothing is that simple. I've written numerous columns about people in need (the developmentally disabled, the homebound in need of support services to stay out of nursing homes and the mentally ill, to name a few) who are going to bear the brunt of any budget cutting.
I've repeatedly asked readers if those are really the people they wanted to suffer when they voted against raising taxes and against the Democrats who have controlled Springfield. The silence has been deafening because people really don't want to deal with the reality of this economic crisis facing our state.
And that reality includes mentally ill people not getting the help they need, while the state actually shells out more money to treat them in prisons, jails and hospital emergency rooms.
Providing adequate, community-based mental health care would be far cheaper, NAMI-Chicago maintains, as does Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.
In a column last week, I described how the Orland Park Police Department created a team of officers trained to deal with those who are mentally ill after seeing a dramatic spike in cases involving them following the closing of the Tinley Park Mental Health Center.
According to the NAMI-Chicago report, 38.5 percent of adult in Illinois 18 and older reported poor mental health (feeling depressed and/or anxious and having to limit daily activities because of mental health problems). And it says that more than 16 percent of Illinois adults were living with a mental illness and 3.37 percent with a serious mental illness.
NAMI-Chicago estimates that translates to approximately 5 million Illinois adults with poor mental health, 2.1 million living with mental illness and 434, 000 with a serious mental illness.
The report says agencies paid by the state to provide treatment for these people have declined as state funding has been cut. In addition, a lawsuit against the state forced Illinois to provide mental health care for anyone living in a nursing home who needed it, further overloading a system that wasn't able to care for the existing mentally ill population due to state budget cuts.
Medicaid reimbursement rates have remained flat for years, meaning fewer psychologists and psychiatrists are willing to see mentally ill patients, and at the same time the number of medical practitioners in these areas have dramatically declined throughout the state.
"After five years of dealing with funding cuts, eligibility restrictions and consent decrees, Illinois has a bare-bones publicly funded mental health system, " NAMI-Chicago's report states. "It's great that the ACA helps more people living with mental illness pay for services, but today's providers just don't have the infrastructure to serve them. They don't have the staff, the funding and the less-intensive services that these newly eligible ... people need. The promises of the ACA is not so promising without providers to deliver services."autumn 2017 hair trends coffee cake recipes using cake mix coffee table legs lifestyle plan fun haircut haircuts for thin hair the scientific method webpage care coffee to fashion personal choices astrology courses near me what's astronomy coffee shops near me open late vedic astrologers near me astronomy boy city fashion coffee maker walmart lifestyle business misguidedclothing science fair projects 8th grade trending today show when does a star began to glow elsevier titles science fair projects for kids pink print wrap dress science =direct black spray for haircuts team lifestyle lifestyle tax 2018 memes so far facebook video trending on twitter definition what is astrology reading high haircut supercuts dallas hwy home of science haircut game tight white short dress all about lifestyle astronomy chart in dark kids haircut party hair salon in champions gate winter astronomy last trend lifestyle 2010 can i have coffee style of wearing saree in indian 2 on haircut the best winter outfit ideas science daily nutrition how to do fashion fashion by stars and stripes forever youtube hair designers washington just a haircut astronomy careers salary glycolysis definition coffee shops near metro center astronomy audio astronomy london observational astronomer salary key coffee bank trends how can you ask science as a method of inquiry astrology map today study of stars names of stars in the milky way science home m and m coffee do's fashion history of astronomy for kids astronomy stars instant gratification coffee room elementary school age science projects tv haircut out of trend in some fashion astronomy pages lifestyle photography tips coffee to now science best coffee besides starbucks why is my entire trending tab spanish our coffee science olympiad 2019 events division b i can do science 69 haircut science 12 coffee shops orange beach al stars in the sky song law coffee astronomy picture of the day science about me online trends astronomy field haircuts 2019 the trend is market trend the lifestyle white fishtail dress with sleeves i will do science to it usa astronomy food fashion fashion fair makeup foundation love friends and coffee college lifestyle haircut fine science team coffee plainsboro science museum near me astronomer salary range fashion 2014 we are for science lifestyle change coffee at work fun facts about the sky lulu's boutique philadelphia barbershop near me astronomy places coffee shops brooklyn new york running science projects on computer london hair trends david haircut lifestyle international realty coffee am what do you call a girl with short hair company trends lifestyle online big trends haircut in v work in cafe electronics primer the trend of outfit ideas for teens trending hashtags instagram trending on netflix haircats stars and stripes and coffee for all today trends starship enterprise bridge lost and wander poppy dress definition of community grounds lifestyles of the rich and famous episodes i'm doing science which soda freezes the fastest no science stars and stripes forever piano haircut usa young woman shopping online astronomy movie cost cutters firestone by science black trends art and astronomy great looks paris hair salon scientific methods video different style of wearing dupatta how to have a lifestyle lifestyle rap genius why astronomy media trends lifestyle sports wantagh fashion her coffee machine off pot what types of haircuts are there planet symbol icons january outfits great clips idaho falls best of science