Wateska resident named part of expert panel on health, social services
Susan Wynn Bence of Wateska will join a select group of experts focused on health and social-service policy for the state, according to a press release.
The health and social-services and criminal-justice teams were announced recently by the administration of Gov. Bruce Rauner and Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti as part of a strategy to address the particular issues involved and how they affect Illinois.
Bence, Sanguinetti's downstate and Springfield director, is a member of the Illinois Rural Health Association Board of Directors and the Opioid Crisis Response Advisory Council. Bence also is a working-group leader for rural health and education in her role as Rauner's Rural Affairs Council principal staffer.
Michael Lucci, Rauner's deputy chief of staff for policy, will direct the policy expert teams, the news release said.
“This administration is focused on creating a compassionate state with a competitive, growth-oriented economy that produces opportunity and second chances in life,” Lucci said in the release. “Criminal justice and public safety are central to that agenda, and the state’s health-care and social-services programs provide a critical safety net for those in need and help Illinoisans get back on their feet.”