'You see them putting their little belongings in garbage bags, but nowhere to go'

Director Amelia Jumper stands by an empty bed. Her organization recently closed down two of its residential addiction treatment programs.
Director Amelia Jumper stands by an empty bed. Her organization recently closed down two of its residential addiction treatment programs. WBEZ/Shannon Heffernan
Director Amelia Jumper stands by an empty bed. Her organization recently closed down two of its residential addiction treatment programs.
Director Amelia Jumper stands by an empty bed. Her organization recently closed down two of its residential addiction treatment programs. WBEZ/Shannon Heffernan

'You see them putting their little belongings in garbage bags, but nowhere to go'

 

There are everyday people whose lives are changing as a result of the state’s budget problems. We’re collecting stories of some of these people.

Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center in southern Illinois relies on state money to run some of its addiction programs. But because the state still doesn’t have a budget, the East St. Louis organization hasn’t gotten funding.

So recently the center had to lay off staff and shut down two of its residential programs. About fifty people who had been living at the center and getting addiction treatment had to leave. Director Amelia Jumper and her staff were responsible for finding them places to go.

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