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AFSCME statement on Will County executive committee's failure to prevent cuts to

5/17/2016, 8:37 p.m.
Faced with the elimination of mental health care for adults, the end of services for at-risk pregnant mothers and infants, ...

Faced with the elimination of mental health care for adults, the end of services for

at-risk pregnant mothers and infants, and the layoff of dozens of county health

department employees who administer these essential public health programs,

the executive committee of the Will County board first voted to advance to the full

board a funding plan to avoid the cuts and layoffs, then later reversed that action

and prevented the plan from going forward.

"Some board members are playing political games with people's lives. It's

unacceptable," said Dave Delrose, a county mental health counselor and the president of the county employees' union, AFSCME Local 1028. "Not caring for pregnant moms and babies means higher infant mortality in our county. Not providing mental health services means more people wind up in emergency rooms or even the county jail. Those are the choices. Every Will County resident needs to know what's at stake and demand that elected officials stop posturing and take action to prevent these devastating cuts."