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IL Consent Decree Approved

On September 30, 2010 the consent decree representing agreement to offer community living arrangements to over 4300 individuals with mental illnesses currently residing in Illinois institutes for mental disease (IMDs) was approved. Over 5 years, Illinois will offer transition to permanent supported housing or similar community settings for the class members. A draft implementation plan must be completed within 135 days while the final implementation plan must be agreed to by all parties in no more than 90 days. A similar case (Colbert v Quinn) applying to a broader population of individuals residing in nursing facilities is working its way through the settlement process.

NCCBH Receives HHS Primary Integration Grant

HHS Awards $26.2 Million in Grants to Expand Primary Care Services for Individuals with Behavioral Health Disorders: On September 24, HHS awarded $26.2 million in grants to improve primary care services for individuals with behavioral health disorders. To integrate primary care intobehavioral health services, HHS awarded four-year grants of up to $2 million to 43 community behavioral health agencies. The remaining $5.3 million went to the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (NCCBH) to establish a national resource center to foster the integration of primary and behavioral health care services at the community level. Financed jointly by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the U.S. Health Resources Services Administration, the center will offer training and technical assistance to community-based behavioral health programs and develop models of integrated care.

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