052620210629SPRINGFIELD – In alliance with advocates from Chestnut Health Systems in Granite City and Centerstone in Alton, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) voted to enhance behavioral health care resources across Illinois.

“Following the pandemic, the availability of quality mental health and addiction services is more critical than ever,” Crowe said. “Implementing a new approach to treatment will help facilitate a more accessible, community-centered health care system in disadvantaged areas.”

Crowe sent a letter to the Legislative Medicaid Working Group in April on behalf of Chestnut Health Systems and Centerstone urging the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to develop a pilot program for the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model. The initiative was included in the proposal passed by the Senate.

The CCBHC model serves all individuals, regardless of their ability to pay, and is used in 40 other states. Providers in the Metro East implemented the program in 2018 and have since seen a decrease in homelessness, hospitalization and emergency room visits among clients.

“Implementing the CCBHC model statewide will have a lasting impact on communities across Illinois,” Crowe said. “I commend Chestnut and Centerstone for taking a proactive role in providing quality health care services to residents, and I’m honored to have been able to support their efforts.”

Senate Bill 2294 passed the Senate Monday.

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042821HAO00248SPRINGFIELD – As businesses struggle to recover from pandemic-related financial hardship, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) helped advance a measure through the Senate to ease the burden.

“To provide support where industries need it most, this measure allows units of local government to determine where waiving fees would be beneficial to a struggling business,” Crowe said. “When planning steps for economic recovery after the pandemic, local governments are capable of deciding what is best for the community’s financial future.”

The proposal creates an option for counties and municipalities to waive licensing, permitting or registration fees for local businesses and services. To qualify, businesses must demonstrate financial need from the pandemic.

Counties and municipalities regulate businesses in a multitude of industries that may qualify, including bars, restaurants, construction, insurance, transportation, tourism and entertainment.

“Nearly every industry has faced unique challenges over the last year and a half,” Crowe said. “This proposal allows governments to offer relief to any local business that demonstrates financial loss.”

House Bill 2454 passed the Senate Thursday.

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052520210407SPRINGFIELD – To give young people the tools to recognize and prevent opioid abuse, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) advanced legislation through the Senate to educate students on the dangers of opioid addiction.

“Young students and athletes may be prescribed opiates to relieve pain from injuries or surgeries before learning the risks of abuse,” Crowe said. “It’s important that kids know the health consequences associated with opioid misuse and dependency before entering high school.”

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 54 Illinois residents ages 15-24 fatally overdosed in 2019, with an additional 581 non-fatally overdosing. Crowe’s plan would begin engaging students in age-appropriate discussions on opioid abuse from kindergarten to eighth grade.

Her proposal extends Illinois’ School Code to require instruction for grade school students to learn effective methods for drug abuse prevention and avoidance, including opioids and other substances.

“Our nation’s opioid crisis continues to devastate families across Illinois,” Crowe said. “The earlier we can talk to students about the dangers of opioids and substance abuse, the better chance we have at preventing addictions from taking form during a child’s developing years.”

House Bill 1162 passed the Senate Tuesday.

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04222021CM0238SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate approved a plan supported by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) to constitutionally solidify collective bargaining rights for workers Friday. 

“Working families keep our businesses open, support our communities and develop our economies—they deserve to be able to negotiate their employment contracts,” Crowe said. “By ensuring their right to collective bargaining is protected by the Illinois Constitution, we are showing our respect for their local contributions.”

Crowe’s proposal amends the Illinois Constitution to prohibit legislative proposals from affecting workers’ rights set forth by the 2019 Collective Bargaining Freedom Act.

The Collective Bargaining Freedom Act ensured protections for middle-class families by allowing workers to negotiate wages, hours, terms and conditions with employers.

“By amending the Constitution, Illinois guarantees workers’ right to negotiate livable wages and safe working conditions,” Crowe said. “This amendment is an important gesture in support of the men and women who keep our state’s economy running.”

Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 11 passed the Senate Friday.

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