blueillinoismaskSPRINGFIELD – The state of Illinois is investing in its mental health system.  State Senator Laura Fine, the Chair of the Behavioral and Mental Health committee, proudly supported the supplemental budget that increases vital funding for services.

“For many Illinoisians, access to high-quality mental health care makes a difference in their quality of life,” said Senator Fine (D-Glenview). “This budget increase will grant providers with essential funding, which will enable them to care for more people facing struggles with mental well-being.”

The supplemental budget provides $25 million to state-operated mental health facilities run by the Department of Human Services. Public colleges and universities will also receive $19 million to support their mental health services, and mental health and substance use treatment providers will receive $12 million for stability payments.

Senator Fine believes these investments will be transformative for health care groups working to provide quality, accessible services to Illinoisians.

“With this critical investment in programs, the workforce and facilities, DHS will be able to provide services for more Illinois residents,” Fine said. “This will result in positive outcomes for so many people in need of quality, supportive mental health care.”

The supplemental budget, filed under House Bill 969, passed the Senate on January 10, 2023. It now goes to the House for further consideration.