Sens. Hunter, Fine to Be Honored for Behavioral Health Leadership

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(Springfield, Illinois) – One of Illinois’ top behavioral health advocacy groups will honor two leading Illinois lawmakers for their "steadfast support" with leadership awards next month.

The Community Behavioral Health Association of Illinois will bestow its prestigious "2021 Legislator of the Year" award on Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) and Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) at the group’s annual winter conference in Schaumburg on December 6.

"Senator Hunter and Senator Fine’s steadfast support for children, youth, and adults living with mental health or substance use disorders, and their leadership in the General Assembly on behalf of safety-net, behavioral healthcare providers, easily earned the two senators our ‘Legislator of the Year’ award," said Community Behavioral Health Association CEO Marvin Lindsey. "We are proud to recognize them."

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Hunter, a behavioral health legislative champion for more 18 years.

"During her 18-years in the Illinois Senate, Senator Hunter has sponsored, supported, and fought for more than a hundred pieces of legislation that have improved the lives of individuals working to overcome mental health and substance disorders," said Lindsey. "This year, Senator Hunter, as the chief sponsor of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Health Care and Human Service Reform Act, won approval for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education Center of Illinois, a measure to build an education pipeline to train the next generation of behavioral health professionals"

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Fine, a driving force behind new senate mental health and substance use legislative panel.

"As champion and chair of the new Senate Committee on Behavioral and Mental Health Committee, Senator Fine’s leadership has been pivotal in elevating behavioral health policy in Springfield," said Lindsey. "This year, she successfully sponsored legislation to expand access to care by ensuring that health insurance plans in Illinois equitably cover mental health and substance use treatment."

Both legislators will receive their awards in-person at the Community Behavioral Health Association’s 49th Annual Winter Conference at the Hyatt Regency Woodfield on December 6th. The awards portion of the program begins at 12:00 p.m.

To attend the conference and awards ceremony, register today.

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November 30, 2021 at 05:31PM

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