A local social service provider has announced it is cutting back on services to Illinois residents due to the ongoing budget uncertainty in Illinois.   Centerstone has announced plans that it would be cutting some services in the Riverbend because the state owes the company more than $6-million.

Centerstone provides counseling, drug addiction, post-prison transition, and other services to adults and children but after 11-months waiting on Illinois to pay its bill, has decided to start cutting back on those services for the state.   During an appearance on The Big Z’s Let’s Talk, Centerstone CEO John Markley says they are not closing, but are reevaluating what services they contract with the state:

Click for Markley comment

A Supported Residential services, or a group home, in Alton, will close but those residents will be served through other means.  It will also means cuts to the psychiatric medication funds in Madison, Calhoun and Jersey Counties.   The cuts will go in effect June 30.  

*Listen to the full interview under the PODCASTS tab at the top of the page.


(Copyright WBGZ Radio/ www.AltonDailyNews.com)