Kenneth Young Center - Community Mental Health and Senior Services

Legislative Advocacy

This page will be used periodically to inform our supporters about upcoming legislation that impacts mental health and senior service issues.

If you wish to contact your state representative

or senator about these bills, there is a link below

with contact information.

How To Locate Your Elected Officials

The following link will help you find your state representative and senator:

View the Illinois State Board of Elections website


Governor Rauner's Budget

As you may know, Illinois politicians have not agreed on a budget for the new fiscal year. Concerns about potential cuts for services benefiting seniors and those with mental illness are present. State funding is not being paid out to nonprofits like Kenneth Young Center. We rely heavily on funding from the State of Illinois for many of our services.


There has been a loss of our “psychiatrist services in mental health center” capacity grant (formerly known as “psych leadership services”). These funds from the Department of Human Services (DHS) help us keep doctors on staff to provide much needed psychiatric services to the most vulnerable mentally ill citizens.  Currently what we receive in payment from Medicaid or from managed care companies only covers 50 percent of their costs.  These dollars were contracted in a Community Services Agreement (CSA) format and we did not receive a CSA for these services. No community mental health center did.


For the Kenneth Young Center this represents, $282,000, which we will have to fundraise or pull from reserves to make up for the loss. 


We ask that you contact your legislators to voice your concerns. Join us in our mission to help people feel good, do better and find solutions!…/DistrictOfficialSearchByAddre…