Mark Heyrman, a board member at Mental Health America of Illinois, agreed. Mark argued that because Medicaid distribution rates for providers (such as doctors and hospitals) that they are losing money on every client. He claimed, "All of the mental health providers are basically hanging on by a thread, and Rauner [has] proposed in cuts to Medicaid. So it's disingenuous to say, 'Look, it's all going to be solved by Medicaid, but I'm going to cut $1.5 billion out of Medicaid.'"
Rauner's plan to cut mental health aide will lead to increased rates of violence, incarceration, and homelessness. It is true that Illinois is in need of budget cuts, with a deep state deficit, but mental health care is not the answer. Medicaid provides invaluable services to many Illinois community members, and therefore increased state revenues is one way to avoid such damaging budget cuts. Mental health care affects all aspects of our community and therefore it should be protected.
For more information, check out this video from a mental health advocate rally against Rauner's proposal: