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Budget impasse’s threat growing for Southland social services

The 60 residential beds at the South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse in East Hazel Crest are always filled.

The number of people in need of treatment exceeds the agency’s ability to serve them all, its top official said, and the situation is growing more dire — as there’s only enough money to stay open until the end of the year because of the lack of a 2015-16 state budget.

In a couple of months, if the budget stalemate in Springfield isn’t resolved and money isn’t released for state-funded social service agencies, the South Suburban Council, the largest publicly funded provider of substance abuse treatment in the south suburbs, will have to close, said Allen Sandusky, its president and chief executive…Please click here to read Patricia Trebe’s story in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

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