CHICAGO (AP) — The federal government is allowing the state of Illinois to use $2 billion in Medicaid dollars to invest in behavioral health programs partly meant to address the opioid crisis.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday that the state received a waiver for the effort from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Rauner says the state will use the existing Medicaid funds to test 10 pilot programs to expand preventive and community health services. Many of the proposed treatment plans address mental illness and substance abuse.READ MORE: RealTime Weather Alert: Wet And Windy Through Monday Morning, Flooding Possible
The governor says the health initiatives will make Illinois a “national leader in the way mental health services are provided.”READ MORE: Man, Woman Shot In Vehicle On Kedzie Avenue In East Garfield Park, Go On To Crash In Humboldt Park With Child In Car
The waiver will expire in five years. It can be renewed. The Kaiser Family Foundation reports 43 states are operating at least one approved Medicaid waiver.MORE NEWS: Riggs, Kenosha County Sheriff's K-9 Shot By Chicago Homicide Suspect, Is Released From Veterinary Hospital To Applause
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