Begalka: Mental health funding a bitter but necessary pill
Unless you are building roads, all too often you’re waiting in traffic for state funding.
Many of us are familiar with the “708” McHenry County Mental Health Board, which supports those with mental illness, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities. About 15 percent of its funding now goes toward people with developmental disabilities – far short of the demand, especially as the state has continued to trim its budget. So mental health leaders came up with alternative approach: A “377” board.
All of this money would go exclusively to helping those with developmental disabilities. After three years of planning, a countywide referendum tentatively is planned for April 2, 2013. Supporters hope the McHenry County Board votes this fall to place the question before voters.
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