Bruce Rauner Slashes Opioid Treatment Funding

Cuts Support to Substance Abuse Facility After Pledging to Address the Crisis

Chicago, IL — Just one week after creating the “Governor’s Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force,” Bruce Rauner cut critical funds to combat Illinois’ opioid epidemic.
 
Yesterday, it was revealed that the Rauner administration will not spend the $1.2 million appropriated by the legislature for Rosecrance, an organization that provides critical mental health and substance abuse services. This cut comes after the failed governor’s manufactured budget crisis forced the organization to cut critical care programs.
 
“Last week, Bruce Rauner paid lip service to the opioid epidemic and then launched an all-out assault on the very organizations needed to combat the crisis,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “Illinois families need real tools to build better lives, not press stunts and talking points from their failed governor.”

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Anna Rosenfeld