* It seems like just last week (actually, it was last week) that Gov. Rauner unveiled his new opioid task force. This is the same governor who vetoed a bill addressing the heroin epidemic, by the way. Luckily, his veto was overridden. And now we learn this from Rep. Litesa Wallace…
Yesterday, I learned some disturbing news; the Governor’s Office and DHS are not going to spend the $1.2 million for Rosecrance I fought to get appropriated and funded. That money was for a triage center that has proven itself a powerful tool to address the behavioral health and substance abuse issues in our region. It was funded under Quinn after the Singer mental health center was closed and has suffered under the budget impasse. I supported the budget because it funded services we need in our area.
We have a heroin epidemic (more deaths from drug overdose than gunshots). We deserve to see our increased taxes come back to our community in the form of infrastructure, social safety nets and much more. With a fully funded budget in hand, this is an act of cruelty on the part of Bruce Rauner and will NOT help us address this critical need in our region.
She’s a Democrat running for lieutenant governor, but the partisan politics aside, she makes some good points. The Rosecrance triage center does good work. It almost went under last year during the impasse and was saved with some money from Rockford.
I asked the Department of Human Services for a response, but have yet to hear back.