State Rep. Tom Demmer Named “Legislator of the Year” by Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois

Rep. Tom Demmer receives the 2018 Legislator of the Year Award from the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association at the CBHA annual conference. He is shown here with CBHA CEO Marvin Lindsey and Sinnissippi Centers, Inc. President and CEO Patrick Phelan.

In recognition of his advocacy on behalf of some of Illinois’ most vulnerable residents, State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) has been named Legislator of the Year by the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association (CBHA) of Illinois. Demmer was nominated for the award by the staff and administration of Sinnissippi Centers, Inc., a community-based behavioral healthcare system in Northwest Illinois.

“Representative Demmer has a deep understanding of behavioral health issues, especially as they relate to regulatory and funding challenges,” said Patrick Phelan, President and CEO of Sinnissippi Centers. “He has been a tremendous advocate for the behavioral health community and has championed critical legislation to strengthen community services and provide sustainable and reliable funding. It was our pleasure to nominate him for this much-deserved recognition.”

The award was presented at the CBHA Annual Conference, which was held this week at the Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg. “It is an honor to be recognized for my work in this important area of public policy,” said Demmer. “I look forward to continuing to work on legislation that helps reform delivery systems and improve patient outcomes.”

In announcing the award, DBHA CEO Marvin Lindsey said, “Commitment, dedication and hard work to a cause we all believe in can sometimes be hard to find. Occasionally, an individual will distinguish himself from others through his leadership and ability to achieve results.”

In Springfield, Demmer serves as the Republican Spokesperson for the Appropriations- Human Services, Healthcare Availability & Access, Human Services, and Mental Health Committees.