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Commission Sets Date to Vote on Closure of Tinley Park Mental Health Center

The Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability announced Thursday a formal time that it will decide next week on what its recommendation to Gov. Pat Quinn will be. Want to put in your 2 cents? Answer our poll in this story.

The date has been set for the next step in deciding the fate of the .

The Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability announced Thursday that it will vote Nov. 10 on the proposed closure of the center.

The bipartisan group of 12 General Assembly members will make the decision in Springfield, where it's scheduled to convene at 8 a.m. It's at that time that commissioners will also vote on the other two facilities that remain on the chopping block—the Jacksonville Developmental Center in Jacksonville and the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln.

The group already opted to keep four other Illinois centers open that were included in Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to close the gap on a $313 million budget deficit.

Though Quinn has no formal obligation to follow the commission's vote, he has done so with all eight of its recommendations since he became governor, officials said Tuesday at a hearing held on the closure of the local facility.

The local health center is operating on half the budget—about $10 million total—than it was last year. Its funding will dry up in December.

But Quinn's office told the Sun-Times Media Wednesday that there's no room for adjustments to his initial proposal.

“We have a budget and we have to act responsibly," spokesman Brie Callahan said in the story. "We can’t gamble on what may or may not happen. The goal is to close these (centers) with as minimal impact as possible."

She said there isn't excess money to move into the budget for the Illinois Department of Human Services', which runs the hospital, according to the story.

Robert Brock, DHS budget director, said Thursday that even if all seven facilities were to close up shop, the budget would still be short about $77 million.

"We have looked at this as a package," he said during a phone interview. "All the numbers we have are aggregate. They take into account all seven centers."

Layoff notices should have been sent out Wednesday, Brock said. If Quinn doesn't change his tune, the Tinley Park Mental Health Center would close its doors around Dec. 2.


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Patsy Bonnar November 04, 2011 at 11:18 AM
what is the plan for the residents?
George November 04, 2011 at 01:43 PM
Just another part of the plan! First HOWE now TPMHC! Zobrocki must be Frothing at the mouth!!! He has wanted these sections of land for the longest time! Just another of his land grabs.When he runs for STAET office he will brag that he has accomplished this! When their was a bidding session,he bid $1for the land.This the lack of LEADERSHIP we are used to in ILLINOIS!!!!!!!!FAULSE CONCERN for the PATIENTS at TPMHC would be laughable if it wasn't so disgusting!! Her is where Quinn can find the money needed. Pretend TPMHC is the CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION,money has been found for them!!
Russ November 04, 2011 at 02:50 PM
There is a real need for mental health facilities.Just look around at the people on the streets that could use some help.Maybe a place to rehab dui offenders.The government would be more willing to throw people in jail than to really help cure their mental diseases.
Russ November 04, 2011 at 03:14 PM
If you have the time read this article. http://people.umass.edu/kastor/private/prison-labor.html It explains the history of our prison system and why some politicians and private industry would rather see people in jail than rehabilitated.The kind of rehabilitation or help that might be obtained from a mental health facility.
Carrie Frillman November 04, 2011 at 03:17 PM
Hi Patsy. To answer your question about the plan for residents, officials have said other hospitals will absorb them. However, there are no formal commitments in that regard. I touch on it in this story: http://patch.com/A-nx6T and in this one: http://patch.com/A-nyM2. I hope this helps!
Terri November 05, 2011 at 12:41 AM
Decaf.

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