Supporters of beefing up mental health services in McLean County continue to spread the message of the dire need for additional critical care. Chestnut Health Systems Chief Operating Officer Alan Sender told those attending a Chamber of Commerce breakfast this morning it's the state's responsiblity to provide major funding. But he acknowledged a third committee of the McLean County Board will likely spend the summer compiling information gleaned by two previous panels in attempt to set local source funding in motion.
"It's a matter of squeezing together representatives of the two committees, and then having the county board--which is ultimately the decision-maker around the property taxes--how much, if any, additional money we need."
Sender told chamber members the amount of local money probably isn't great, but it's an important piece in solving what the community has identified as its main social service need. In addition to a third county board committee, architects are spending the next six months creating plans to renovate the jail so it can meet its growing mental health needs.
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