The Will County Health Department is suspending nine programs as a direct result of the ongoing state budget impasse.
The program suspensions are expected to impact over 52,000 clients, according to Will County Health Department Executive Director Susan Olenek.
The department, which is owed $2.1 million from the state, has already approved 53 staff layoffs.
Programs within the department's behavioral health and family services divisions are being suspended, including adult psychiatric service, HIV prevention, family case management and vision and hearing, among others.
"The Will County Health Department is just one public health agency in the grand scheme of things," Olenek said a statement. "The lack of a state budget has created monumental problems impacting every corner of the state and virtually everyone living here. For Will County, the budget impasse means thousands of people going without critical family health and behavioral health services."