Illinois is near the bottom of all states concerning mental health spending according to a study by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Ron Honberg, Director of Policy and Legal Affairs for NAMI, says the state took a meat cleaver approach to cutting services, when it should have focused on cleaning up inefficiencies.
Ron Honberg, Director of Policy and Legal Affairs for NAMI, says declining mental health services often just shift the cost of providing for the mentally ill to institutions such as law enforcement agencies and emergency medical units.
Illinois has cut nearly a third of its mental health budget in the last four years to save 187 million dollars. NAMI will release their report detailing declines in the nation's mental health spending later this week.