A local non-profit that assisted people with autism, and their families, has closed due the state budget mess. The Center for Autism in Maryville announced this week it would be forced to close its doors after learning state budget money that it is owed would not be coming in time to save the program. It closed on Thursday.
The non-profit UCP Heartland operated the center, but had to pull more than $150,000 from its own funding to fill in the budget shortfall due to a lack of state payments. Last month, social service provider Centerstone announced it was closing a group home in Alton, and cutting back on some state contracted services in the Metro East for similar reasons.