Southern Illinois health department receives financial shot in the arm
Five months into the ongoing Illinois budget impasse, many state-funded agencies are feeling the pressure of financial constraints.
Southern Seven Health Department has laid off 30 full-time employees and was forced to cut hours.
"Southern Seven depends on state and federal grants for 75 percent of our funding,” said Executive Director Nancy Holt. “We provide a lot of services in our seven counties, and the community depends on us."
After weeks of nothing but bad news, Holt says her budget has finally received a much needed Band-Aid.
"Our federal funding started coming through,” said Holt. “We called back 13 of our staff starting today full time.”
Holt says she hopes to call back all her full-time employees once a budget is reached at the state level.
In the meantime, the federal funding will allow Southern Seven to expand coverage to three days a week in Alexander County.
Hardin, Pope, and Pulaski counties are only open to patients on Wednesdays, unless special arrangements are made in advance.