Navigation Links
Illinois Human Service Providers Announce Layoffs

CHICAGO, July 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Illinois human service providers urged Illinois lawmakers today to pass a balanced and fair 12-month budget that does not include deep cuts to human service programs. They also urged legislators to vote "no" on a bill to override Governor's veto of (S.B. 1197) which included cutting human services programs by 50 percent.

Meanwhile, providers around the state have begun to lay off staff and close offices.

"Unfortunately, we have no choice but to begin dismantling the state's infrastructure for helping those who are most in need - the mentally ill, elderly people living in their homes, teen moms, abused mothers, children in day care," said Nancy Ronquillo, executive director, Children's Home and Aid, and spokesperson for Illinois Partners for Human Services, a coalition of organizations providing human services throughout Illinois.

"Like any other business, we can't spend money we don't have and right now we don't have it," Ronquillo continued. "In previous years, social service agencies shrunk programs and drew upon private reserves to keep going. We were hurt last year when the state made cutbacks midyear in promised funding. It is our fiduciary responsibility to cut back now and not wait for a potential break-through in the revenue picture.

"What the Governor and the Legislature fail to understand is that human service programs which close are not easily re-opened when funding is made available and that a caring relationship between client and provider is damaged when ended abruptly," Ronquillo added.

To date, approximately 1,500 employees of human service agencies have received layoff notices. Illinois Partners for Human Services estimates these layoffs will impact services for approximately 150,000 Illinois residents.

Some examples include:

Children's Home and Aid. Approximately 78 employees laid off in Southern Illinois, Bloomington, Rockford, Metropolitan Chicago and Northwest Chicago suburbs. Affected services include: child care for working low-income families, help to troubled youth to keep them out of the criminal justice system, at-risk young mothers, early childhood programs for working low-income families, early childhood programming.

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights (Chicago). 20 employees laid off, impacting nearly 4,000 people. Affected services include mental health and substance abuse services, job placement for TANF recipients and homelessness prevention.

Metropolitan Family Services. 60 staff laid of from centers serving DuPage County, Evanston, Niles, and Maine Townships, Orland, Palos, Worth, and Calumet Townships, and 20 community areas in the City of Chicago including Belmont-Cragin, Chicago Lawn, Roseland, and South Chicago. They provided a range of services to individuals and families who are challenged by domestic violence, mental illness, economic insecurity, and caregiving responsibilities for infants through frail elderly.

Agencies are listing job cuts and impacted people at this website.

"Agencies serving the people of Illinois have been cutting services for ten years; we are at the bone. While we are ready to do our fair share, we urge the legislature and the governor to resist the temptation to reach for short term solutions that will simply create more problems down the road.

We urge the General Assembly to produce a balanced budget with sufficient revenues to fund needed human services, education, healthcare and other essential programs and avoid catastrophic cuts before it is too late," Ronquillo continued.

SOURCE Illinois Partners for Human Service
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Urges Constant Vigilance Against Growing Threat of Killer Superbug
2. Illinois Cemetery and Funeral Home Association Condemns Burr Oak Crimes
3. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Awards $1.4 Million to 14 Community Initiatives in Chicago and Downstate
4. High Rx Costs Hammering Illinois 50+ Population
5. Illinois Medical District Recognizes Officers of its District Security Group
6. Finding Hidden Heart Attacks: Saint Francis Hospital is First in Illinois to Detect Hidden Heart Attacks With New Technology
7. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Brings Versatile Availity Platform to Illinois Providers
8. JDRF Illinois Names Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman Best of Illinois for His Efforts to Find a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes
9. Passage of Illinois House Bill 2290 Adds Crucial Due Process Protection Governing Sterilization of Adults With Disabilities
10. Illinois Medical District Presented with "Good Neighbor Award"
11. ASG Business Development Team Expands in Illinois
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... ... On June 10-11, 2016, A Forever Recovery, a holistic treatment center for ... Table in Battle Creek, MI, where the rehabilitation facility is located. This annual celebration ... world’s leading providers of cereal and other breakfast foods. Its residents often refer to ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Experts from the American Institutes ... Research Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. , ... advance care planning, healthcare costs and patient and family engagement. , AIR researchers ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, Dr. Omkar ... M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained in Internal ... complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where he had ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Marne, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... To deal with these feelings, many turn to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or ... Center of Marne, Michigan, has released tools for healthy coping following a traumatic event. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... offering micro-osteoperforation for accelerated orthodontic treatment. Dr. Cheng has extensive experience with all ... brackets , AcceleDent, and accelerated osteogenic orthodontics. , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... the "Structural Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts" ... In-Mold Electronics, Smart Skin, Structural ... Structural electronics involves electronic and/or ... protective structures, replacing dumb structures such as vehicle ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... report to their offering. ... The World Market for Companion Diagnostics covers the world market ... the report includes the following: , World ... Region (N. America, EU, ROW), 2015-2020 , World IVD ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016  Arkis BioSciences, a leading innovator ... more durable cerebrospinal fluid treatments, today announced it ... funding is led by Innova Memphis, followed by ... private investors.  Arkis, new financing will accelerate the ... market release of its in-licensed Endexo® technology. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: