Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4), a large Chicago mental health service provider, is slated to shut down soon, reports WBEZ.
C4, which serves more than 10,000 patients annually, is expected to close May 31 as a result of problems stemming from a new billing system, according to the service provider's president. Several C4 staffers tell WBEZ that mismanagement is allegedly an issue at the organization.
C4 officials will be working to refer patients to other providers, but that could prove to be challenging as mental health care services are already in short supply in the city, according to experts.
The city of Chicago, for example, shut down six of its 12 public mental health clinics back in 2012.
C4's closure is "going to lead to more substance abuse, more conflict and violence in families, definitely more people going to the emergency rooms that are already overloaded and unfortunately more people being arrested and incarcerated," C4 counselor Max Beshers told WBEZ.
News that C4 will be closing comes as Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner proposes deep cuts to mental health care and other health services as part of his state budget plan for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins July 1.