Due to impasse, 700 Centerstone clients in Southern Illinois to be affected

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS — Due to the state budget standoff, Centerstone services, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of community-based behavioral health care, will eliminate several state contracts because of the risk involved.

According to a letter from their CEO, the contracts represent several services in Southern Illinois communities, with Centerstone saying it cannot sustain them in such uncertain times.

So, as of June 30, 2016, the following services will close:

• Comprehensive Community Based Youth services (CCBYS) in Franklin, Jackson, Perry and Williamson Counties;

• Crisis Stabilization services at the Centerstone Crisis Center in Williamson County, a service which has saved our state more than $4 million in healthcare costs;

• DMH Juvenile Justice services in Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson and Williamson Counties;

• Homeless Youth services in Franklin, Jackson, Perry and Williamson Counties;

• Psychiatric Medication funds used in Calhoun, Franklin, Jackson, Jersey, Madison, and Williamson Counties;

• Supported Residential services (one group home) in Alton; and
• Teen Pregnancy Prevention services in Franklin County.

Additionally, Halfway House beds in Marion will be reduced.

A total of 700 clients and 39 staff members will be affected by these changes.