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C4 Counseling Centers Shutting Down, 10,000 Area Patients At Risk

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C4 (Community Counseling Centers Of Chicago) at 4740 N Clark St. announced that it will be shutting its doors on May 31. The center cares for more than 10,000 patient’s mental health needs including many Edgewater residents. The abrupt closing is now leaving those patients scrambling to find alternatives to the services  C4 was offering to them.  Many of the patients are very vulnerable and it is unclear what will happen once their healthcare at C4 is finished at the end of the month.

The agency, which is one of the largest in Chicago, has been in operation for 42 years. In a CBS Chicago report, C4 CEO Eileen Durkin blamed the financial issues on a new medical records system put in place to meet new Afordable Care Act standards.  Last Fall, the new system experienced a glitch and that affected the billing system. For about six weeks, the center could not get out its invoicing and that halted all cash flow to continue operations.

Today, about 50 employees and patients protested just outside C4 demanding more answers to the shut down. Besides the 10,000 patients, about 250 C4 workers will be losing their jobs. Upset about the impending loss of both their jobs and health care, the employees also expressed concern over the limited resources for the at-risk patients that regularly passed through the center’s doors.

This announcement comes at a very hard time as lawmakers debate the proposed $85 million cut in mental health funding by Governor Bruce Rauner.

 


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