On April 13, 2023, because the Senate Appropriations Committee revealed their proposed price range for 2024-2025, religion leaders throughout the state responded to the failure to fund SB 1, the psychological well being disaster response invoice. Regardless of SB 1 passing the Senate 49-0, and at the moment supported with 57 co-sponsors within the Home, the Senate price range included solely $35 million over 2 years for psychological well being funding, falling considerably in need of the $130 million required yearly to fund the disaster response system in keeping with the Behavioral Well being Fee report.
The next assertion was launched by Pastor Matt Landry, Senior Pastor of Castleton United Methodist Church and a frontrunner with Religion in Indiana:
“Our religion teaches us to like our neighbors as ourselves, and to take care of these in want. That’s why over the previous yr, we’ve united an unprecedented coalition of religion leaders, legislation enforcement, and psychological well being care suppliers from rural to city Indiana to talk out with a united voice: fully-fund SB 1 and guarantee everybody in disaster has a quantity to name, somebody to return, and a protected place to go. If SB 1 isn’t funded, it’s like a shiny automobile with no engine.”
“We wish funding, not good phrases. As religion leaders, we’re deeply saddened and dissatisfied by the Senate price range that fails to completely fund SB 1, which might construct a disaster response system in Indiana that might save numerous lives.
“We name on Sen. Ryan Mishler to right away meet with leaders from Religion in Indiana to debate the total funding required to make sure all Hoosiers get assist when they’re in disaster, so we will have protected and caring communities.”
Rabbi Len Zukrow from Northwest Indiana’s Interfaith Motion Community remarked:
“Funding of SB1 is a chance to be holy in service of our fellow human beings who occur to be in want of psychological and religious care. Any member of a religion neighborhood, anybody who claims to be religious has to see the worth in such a command.
The duty will not be nice, we aren’t referred to as upon to go over the mountain or cross the ocean. We’re calling on the legislature to fund this invoice to assist us all be nearer to the divine as we act reasonably than stand idly by.”
Discover the remainder of Rabbi Zukrow’s highly effective assertion on NWI Interfaith Motion Community Fb web page.