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Statement from Thresholds CEO Mark Ishaug on Governor Quinn’s FY 2015 Budget Address

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Statement from Thresholds CEO Mark Ishaug on Governor Quinn’s FY 2015 Budget Address

March 27, Chicago – 

In his budget address yesterday, Governor Quinn outlined his five-year plan for the long-term fiscal health of Illinois and to maintain critical public services, including mental health services. We strongly applaud the Governor for making the commitment to protect critical revenue primarily through making permanent the 2011 income tax increase that supports vital health and human services for Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens.

It is a fact that community-based mental health programs deliver results by making essential services available to thousands of citizens living with mental illnesses, substance abuse challenges, and homelessness. These programs also are a superior investment.

As evidenced by Illinois’ recent past, budgetary cuts to mental health services actually cost taxpayers millions of dollars more than they save. Short-sighted cuts to these essential services results in higher costs in the form of increased hospitalizations, ER visits, and an overreliance on institutional settings. Investing today in community-based mental health programs promotes the recovery of thousands of individuals and saves the state money.

Thresholds and its partners look forward to working with the Governor’s administration and the General Assembly to shape a budget that expands mental health services to those most in need.

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