Detox program to shut down due to Illinois budget crisis

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois agency is shutting down its detox program because of the state’s budget problems.

The Jacksonville Journal-Courier reports the Wells Center in Jacksonville will stop offering the program Oct. 1.

An average of 30 people each month are enrolled in the program, which helps patients under the influence of alcohol or who are withdrawing from drug or alcohol use. The center provides around-the-clock medical monitoring. It serves residents in five counties.

The program often is considered a first step for people to get treatment for substance abuse.

Executive Director Bruce Carter says the center gets the bulk of its funding from the Illinois Department of Human Services.

That money is caught up in a budget stalemate between GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who run the Legislature.