Two mental health care providers in Illinois are cutting services as a direct result of the ongoing state budget impasse.
Centerstone and the DeWitt County Human Resource Center have both announced program closures.
Centerstone is a non-profit behavioral health care provider serving clients in Southern Illinois and the Metro-East region.
The state of Illinois currently owes Centerstone, which also provides behavioral health services in Florida, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, over $6 million.
"With no end to this state contract crisis in sight, the viability of our entire organization is being threatened," Centerstone CEO John Markley said in a statement. "So, after careful review of the situation, we are enacting difficult measures to protect Centerstone, our 600 employees across the state and the 16,000 people of all ages who depend on us."
When the current fiscal year ends June 30, Markley said Centerstone "will eliminate several state contracts because of the risk involved," resulting in the closure of numerous programs. The closures will affect 700 clients and 39 staffers, according to Markley.
These are the Centerstone services slated to end as of June 30:
* Comprehensive Community Based Youth services (CCBYS) in Franklin, Jackson, Perry and Williamson Counties;
* Crisis Stabilization services at the Centerstone Crisis Center in Williamson County, a service which has saved our state more than $4 million in healthcare costs;
* DMH Juvenile Justice services in Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson and Williamson Counties;
* Homeless Youth services in Franklin, Jackson, Perry and Williamson Counties;
* Psychiatric Medication funds used in Calhoun, Franklin, Jackson, Jersey, Madison, and Williamson Counties;
* Supported Residential services (one group home) in Alton; and
* Teen Pregnancy Prevention services in Franklin County.
Centerstone also plans to scale back Halfway House beds in Marion.
"The loss of our colleagues and services is painful, but our state has offered us little choice," Markley said. "It is our sincere hope that our Governor and legislature finally do the right thing and act in the best interests of all of their constituents by ending this state budget crisis."
The Illinois budget impasse has also forced the DeWitt County Human Resource Center (HRC), a mental health agency with about 500 clients, to discontinue its outpatient mental health services as of July 1.
HRC's executive director said the agency is "out of money" and has yet to receive $150,000 in service payments from the state.
The agency is hoping other providers can fill the service gap once HRC's programs close next month.