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Lack of state funds close Cairo treatment center, reopens with private group

CAIRO, IL (KFVS) -

A rehabilitation and treatment services center in Cairo that was supported by state funds has been bought after the state budget impasse. 

Delta Center, Inc. provides services for people with mental and substance abuse disorders.

The center closed due to a lack of a state budget. 

However, a group out of Vienna bought the facility. It is back open under the name of Family Counseling Center, and it is not run by the state.

Officials with Family Counseling Center, Inc. say they were only able to employ 35% of Delta Center, Inc.'s current workforce.

It is estimated that around 75% of the clients formerly being treated by Delta Center, Inc. will continue to be served.

Programs or services that were not transferred to Family Counseling Center included a grant for primary and behavioral health integrated care, respite services offered to caregivers of adults or children with disabilities, and a HUD Continuum of Care project which assisted homeless individuals.

Though a final decision has not been made, Family Counseling Center, Inc. is currently considering using Steneer Apartments, a 10 unit supportive housing complex for persons with disabilities and low income, and Delta Terrace, a complex that provides 10 units of permanent supportive housing for persons with mental illness. Both of which are located in Cairo.

The economic impact of this facility’s closure adds to the growing unemployment rate in Alexander County. Alexander County has the highest unemployment rate in southern Illinois at 8.2 percent.

State Senator Gary Forby (D – Benton) offered the following comment:

“This governor is slowly killing off jobs in Southern Illinois,” Forby said. “As I said before, we need to be in Springfield every day working on the budget, until we get this thing done. We have a governor who doesn’t know how to govern. He just wants dictate how state government is run, and it doesn’t work like that. Governor Rauner continues to use his u-turn agenda to punish the hard working families in Illinois. It seems like the governor is waging a war against Southern Illinois jobs. First, it’s Hardin County Work Camp, and now the budget impasse is costing more jobs. We need to put political agendas aside and get this thing worked out for the people we serve. It’s as simple as that.”

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