Illinois Now Owes Substance Abuse Agencies $46 Million, a 35% Jump in 4 Weeks

(Springfield, IL) – November 10, 2010. The amount of money that the Illinois Department of Human Services owes to community-based substance abuse prevention and treatment agencies has increased from $34 million at the beginning of October to $46 million in November, a 35% increase, according to advocates.

“Payments to providers are drying up,” said Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association CEO Sara Howe. “In October, the state owed $34 million to our prevention and treatment providers. Now it owes $46 million for some bills that stretch back seven months.”

In September, an IADDA survey of its members revealed that the state owed local providers $34 million for fiscal years 2010 and 2011. A follow-up survey conducted earlier this month showed that amount had grown for both budget years to $46 million.

“Our agencies have essentially drained their lines of credit and exhausted their ability to guarantee paychecks to employees who are critical to the state’s critical prevention and treatment system,” said Howe.

The Human Resources Center of Edgar and Clark Counties located in Central Illinois is one of the agencies whose payroll is now in jeopardy. The state owes the agency over $500,000, including $153,000 from last fiscal year.

“Making payroll is touch and go. We do not have any remaining reserves and our line of credit has been exhausted, with no borrowing capacity remaining and no marketable assets to sell,” said Executive Director Ken Polky. “On November 19th we may be forced to choose between paying our employees and paying our vendors.”

Howe warned that unless Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois Department of Human Services can find money to pay some of its bills, many agencies will be unable to care for thousands of people struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol.

“Agencies enter into contracts with the state to provide services with the understanding that they will be paid for the services they render,” said Howe. “The state’s failure to pay its bills places communities and the people in need of prevention and treatment services in jeopardy.”

Lawmakers, People in Drug, Alcohol Treatment Protest Governor Pat Quinn’s Budget Cuts to Eliminate 2,500 from Treatment

Sara Howe

(Chicago, IL) — Since 1995, the number of Illinois women in drug, alcohol treatment has surged 41%, but Governor Pat Quinn this year is still cutting treatment services by 8%, which will toss more than 2,500 out of treatment, of whom nearly 1,000 are women.

Quinn’s cuts comes on the heals of a 22% budget cuts that the Governor imposed on substance abuse prevention and treatment services last year, according to Sara Howe, CEO of the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association.

Additionally, in 2009, a resurgent heroin crisis killed more than 100 people in Northern Illinois alone, a crisis that is zeroing in on local teens. Meanwhile, Quinn’s proposed budget will eliminate drug prevention for more than 1,000 youth.

Faced with the surging need for treatment and dwindling state money, public officials and private citizens yesterday rallied

State Sentor Mattie Hunter and Theodora Binion Taylor

at a community forum to discuss the cost and impact of untreated addiction and to protest Quinn’s budget cuts to prevention and treatment services.

Sponsored by the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association; Haymarket Center, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC, Inc.) and Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc., the packed auditorium at Haymarket heard from multiple speakers:

  • John Roberts, Father who lost 19 year-old to heroin overdose, Chicago Police Captain (retired), Program Chair of Criminal/Social Justice at Lewis University (retired)
  • Mattie Hunter, State Senator (Chicago-3)
  • Earlean Collins, Cook County Commissioner
  • Paul Biebel, Presiding Judge, Criminal Division, Cook County Circuit Court
  • Anthony Cole, Vice President, Haymarket Center;  Board Chairman, Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA)
  • Sara Howe, CEO, IADDA
  • Roger Romanelli – CEO, Randolph/Fulton Market Association
  • Theodora Binion Taylor, Director of the Division of. Alcoholism and Substance

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Advisor Presents at Panel in Lisle on “State of Addiction Healthcare”

(Lisle, IL) – September 29, 2009. White House special advisor Dr. Kevin Sabet participated in a policy panel discussion in Lisle today to address the challenges and opportunities that face the field of substance abuse prevention and treatment.

Sabet, 30, a special advisor for policy and strategic planning at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, joined two other panelists to discuss the “State of Addiction Healthcare” in Illinois and the U.S.

The panel presentation was hosted by the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA) as part of its annual conference.

“We are pleased that the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy recognizes our work and that someone of Dr. Kevin Sabet’s stature joined our conference,” said Sara Howe, CEO of IADDA.

Sabet, who joined President Barack Obama’s Administration in August, previously worked on policy and speechwriting at White House drug control office from 2003-2004 and 2000 in both the George W. Bush and Bill Clinton Administrations, making him one of the youngest people to have served in the last three Administrations as a political appointee.

In addition to Sabet, the other panelists included Paul Samuels, Director and President, Legal Action Center and Lonnetta Albright, Director, Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center.

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Advisor Comes to Illinois for Panel on “State of Addiction Healthcare”

Kevin Sabet

Kevin Sabet

(Springfield, IL) — September 14, 2009. As part of its annual conference, the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association will host a public policy panel presentation on September 29 to discuss the challenges and opportunities that currently face the substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery field, and the panel will include Kevin Sabet, Special Advisor for Policy and Strategic Planning, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Other panelists include: Paul Samuels, Director and President, Legal Action Center and Lonnetta Albright, Director, Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center.

The panel presentation will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Lisle located at 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle and is scheduled from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Sara Howe, CEO, IADDA 217-528-7335, ext. 11.