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.