CHICAGO – Comptroller Susana Mendoza visited The Haymarket Center, the largest non-for-profit outpatient addiction treatment center in Chicago. Haymarket serves over 18,000 clients per year.
Like many other social service providers in the state, the budget impasse has made day-to-day operations and budgeting exceedingly difficult for Haymarket, Mendoza said.
“It’s a shame that so many wonderful organizations around our state such as the Haymarket Center continue to struggle as a result of this unprecedented and unnecessary budget crisis. We should be doubling down on programs like those offered here, which treat substance abuse and reintegrate people back into being productive members of our society. It’s not only the morally correct thing to do but also the most fiscally responsible," she said.
President and CEO of the Haymarket Center Dan Lustig and Board Chairman Lee Daniels thanked Comptroller Mendoza for her interest and her office's help paying the state's bills to them through the budget crisis.
“As the opioid epidemic has become a public health crisis in Illinois there should be a bi-partisan effort to create a budget that will allow for access and coordination of care that is currently not happening in this state” Dr. Lustig said.
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