Responding to the State of Illinois’ two year failure to pass a budget, The Baby Fold will discontinue its Residential Treatment Center’s services. This program was downsized from 28 to 14 beds in 2015 and will be discontinued on June 30, 2017.
This programming change will impact 14 out of the 1000+ children and families served by The Baby Fold each year. “We will be working diligently to arrange new placements for the children over the next 30 – 60 days so they can be well settled prior to the next school year. “I am saddened by the circumstances surrounding the state budget impasse that have made this decision necessary,” said Dianne Schultz, President and CEO.
“The State of Illinois has neglected to invest what is necessary to pay providers who offer this type of specialized, intensive treatment for children in residential care. Rates paid to The Baby Fold for these services have not increased in over 10 years. Even after downsizing this program, the agency has been forced to subsidize $1.6 million over the last two years to compensate for the lack of appropriate funding. Additionally, the budget impasse has created an atmosphere of uncertainty about the funding available for residential services in the future. These are very painful decisions,” said Schultz on Thursday.
Growth in other program areas may allow some of the Residential Treatment staff members to be absorbed into 14 open positions throughout the agency; however, this change has the potential to impact 27 full time and 16 part time staff out of The Baby Fold’s 248 person workforce.
In April, The Baby Fold announced the expansion of their Hammitt School services in response to a growing community need for capacity to serve specialized student populations, as well as students on the Autism spectrum. “The expansion of Hammitt School will go forward as planned. The remodeling of the building at 612 Oglesby in Normal will begin in June. For 115 years, the Baby Fold has successfully adapted to the changing needs and the changing circumstances facing children and families, said Aimee Beam, Vice President of Development and Public Relations. We will continue to adapt in order to serve our community for the next 115 years.”
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Dianne Schultz or Aimee Beam