The Illinois Coalition on Mental Health & Aging advocates for services and policies that promote quality care and the reduction and prevention of mental illnesses affecting older adults in Illinois.
The Older Americans Act must be reauthorized by Congress. The current authorization ends September 30, 2019.
Download a copy of an OAA Policy Update presented by Sandy Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging during the ECIAAA Annual Luncheon on September 18, 2019 at the ISU Alumni Center in Normal, IL.
We thank n4a and ECIAAA for sharing this Policy Update with the Coalition.
Advocates for older persons are asked to call or email their Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senators Duckworth and Durbin and request that they reauthorize the Older Americans Act.
We appreciate your consideration and advocacy on this issue.
On The National Scene
EVENT: Update on Federal Legislation” presented by Joel Miller to the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging
DATE: June 26, 2017
INFO: Download the Powerpoint presentation by clicking the button below.
At The State Level
On July 6, 2017, the Illinois House of Representatives overrode the Governor’s veto and passed a balanced budget.
The General Assembly enacted three budget bills:
A summary of the budget bills is attached below, courtesy of State Representative Greg Harris (D-13).
Also attached below are the House’s analyses of these bills reflecting final action by the Senate and House, provided courtesy of Terry Steczo, with Government Strategy Associates.
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