Lack of State Funding Dooms Rockford Psychiatric Clinic

By Phillip Reed | preed@wtvo.com

Published 07/21 2014 11:34AM

Updated 07/23 2014 09:19PM

ROCKFORD - A decrease in state funding forces a local psychiatric clinic to close its doors.

The University of Illinois College of Medicine says it'll close its clinic early this fall.  According to spokeswoman, Cynthia Hall, about 1,000 patients will be affected.

However, Hall tells Eyewitness News many of the patients will still be treated at the school, but in a different department.  Also, some of the physicians who work in the clinic will open their own clinics to help treat patients who don't want to stay at the school.

Dr. Robert Slack also says the clinic is short staffed because many of their workers retired. He says "It's financially not feasible to hire new people to offer these services given our situation."

The clinic program also cost the clinic a lot of money. Slack says they lost more than 300,000 dollars last year. Slack tells Eyewitness News that the clinic does not receive Federal grants because they are not a community mental health center.

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