Addiction Treatment Providers Scrambling Over Cuts

By Maggie Vespa

February 22, 2011 Updated Feb 22, 2011 at 11:30 PM CDT

Pass the buck.

That's the message local human service providers say Governor Quinn sent in his new 20-12 budget proposal.

Fred Nirde is the CEO of Fayette Companies, the parent agency of Peoria's White Oaks center.

It provides drug and alcohol counseling services to about 1,400 area residents.

Nirde says under Quinn's proposal, White Oaks would lose about a third of its annual budget.

Only patients with Medicaid or private insurance would be eligible for treatment.

That's about one of every six.

"You push issues onto other service systems, and unfortunately they tend to be the hospitals, E.R. Clinics. They tend to be the jails and prisons, and they tend to increase homelessness on the street," he said.

Nirde adds the cuts would also force directors to lay off up to eighty employees.

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