The current State Budget impasse threatens the viability of community-based agencies and their capacity to provide long term services and supports and behavioral health care for older adults and persons with disabilities. I urge you to send letters to the editor of your local newspaper(s) to inform the public about the impact of the current stalemate on your agencies, programs, and clients, and urge the Governor and Illinois General Assembly to settle their political differences and enact a State Budget now. I have prepared a sample letter to the editor which can be found on our website at: www.ilcmha.org . You may customize the letter and send it to your local newspaper(s).
Michael O’Donnell, President
Illinois Coalition on Mental Health and Aging