Centerstone to cut services at the end of June


More fallout from the state budget standoff. Yesterday, Centerstone said they will eliminate several social service state contracts at the end of the month in southern Illinois. Centerstone CEO John Markley says the state now owes him more than $6 million dollars, and he can’t hold out any longer. 700 clients and 39 employees are affected. The cuts range from Comprehensive Community Based Youth services (CCBYS) in Franklin, Jackson, Perry and Williamson Counties will close, as well as crisis services in Williamson County, juvenile justice services, as well as services for homeless youth, psychiatric medication funding, teen pregnancy prevention services and halfway house beds. But even if lawmakers sign a stopgap budget, Markley said there‚Äôs no guarantee Centerstone will reopen the services.