SBAC-Backed Initiative Supporting Treatment for Substance Abuse Disorder Passes General Assembly

This spring, SBAC Advocacy Director, Ryan Tolley, testified in the House Human Services Committee on HB5868, legislation to allow health insurance companies to cover state licensed community-based behavioral health care options, including residential recovery homes, to treat substance abuse disorder.

Opioid and other forms of substance abuse have a profound impact on the small business community. This legislation will help employees suffering from this disease, as well as employers seeking to maintain a healthy work force. Proactive treatment can also help reduce the costs of workers’ compensation and health insurance.

This measure passed with strong bipartisan support in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly and now awaits action by the Governor. For more information, please see the press release produced by SBAC partner, A Safe Haven, below.

2018-May Safe Haven HB5868