Southern Illinois health department adjusting when services are provided due to budget constraints

The Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department is changing when it is providing certain services due to budget constraints.

The Health Department says cuts in funding, the budget impasse in Illinois, and slow payments have forced them to cut staff and change when services are provided.

Four staff members were laid off in March to cut costs. Another 8 were laid off on Thursday for the same reason.

To help make sure all services are still available, the Health Department is making adjustments to the days that the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) nutrition and public health clinics will be offered in each county.

In the Benton office, WIC and public health clinics will be available on Tuesday and Thursday. In Marion, those services will be available on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

The clinic hours at each office will be by walk-in from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Late clinics will be offered on Tuesday, August 4th and 18th from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Benton office and Thursday August 6th and August 20th at the Marion office.

Beginning in September, the late clinics will be discontinued.

The Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Home Health will continue to operate as usual and all patients will be seen as scheduled. Home Health is also taking new patients.

For more information about the changes call the Health Department at (618) 993-8111 or (618) 439-0951.

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