Illinois parity bill pending in age of increased overdoses and suicides

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Area behavioral health experts expressed cautious optimism over the mental health parity bill sitting on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk. Senate Bill 1707, which contains language for both medical cannabis and behavioral health parity, received strong bipartisan support, passing at the end of May by a vote of 106-9 in the Illinois House and 52-0 in the Illinois Senate. If signed into law by the governor, the legislation will make Illinois’ parity law the strongest in the nation, according to the Kennedy Forum.