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Mental Health Providers Applaud Illinois Lawmakers for Enacting Critical Mental Health Legislation Amidst Growing Need for Services 

ELDORADO, IL –  On July 6, 2021, Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation that would continue a critical grant program that has expanded access to urgently needed mental health and substance use disorder treatment services in Southern Illinois. The program is known as the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (or CCBHC) program. CCBHCs are designed to provide a comprehensive range of mental health and substance use disorder services to vulnerable individuals; with an emphasis on the provision of 24-hour crisis care, utilization of evidence-based practices, care coordination and integration with physical health care.

Currently five Illinois providers – Centerstone, Chestnut Health Systems, Egyptian Health Department, Heritage Behavioral Health Center, and Robert Young Center – are recipients of federal grants designed to jumpstart this program.  Initial evaluation outcomes of the program that Egyptian Health Department has implemented have demonstrated significant progress for the populations served through this program.

“We are very excited about the Governor signing this into law so that we may continue to increase these much needed mental health and addiction services in our communities,” stated Angie Hampton, Chief Executive Officer for Egyptian Health Department. “As we see the needs in our communities rise, we want to be able to respond with compassionate and quality services.”

Despite the immense success of this program, and growing demand for services, the grants are set to expire in 2022. That deadline is what prompted provider groups to engage the state in searching for solutions.

The legislation, SB 2294, that was signed into law today requires the state to develop a plan for the continuation of the CCBHC program by May 2022.  The providers – who have already seen demonstrable results in their communities due to this program – plan to continue working with state lawmakers to ensure the CCBHC program is designed in a way that most effectively meets the growing need for mental health services. 

“CCBHCs will be on the front of facilitating change and transformation for our communities. We are eager to see the positive impact CCBHCs will have in Southern Illinois,” concluded Hampton,

For more information on CCBHCs, please visit the CCBHC Success Center here.