FULTON, Mo. (AP) — The closing of a mental health unit in Marshal might be good news for employees of the Fulton State Hospital.
Marty Martin-Forman, chief operating officer of the Fulton hospital, said Monday that she is now cautiously optimistic that 43 jobs that were scheduled to be lost at Fulton might be saved.
Mark Stringer, acting director of the Missouri Division of Psychiatric Services, says the Missouri Department of Mental Health is transferring a 24-bed developmental disability forensic unit from the Marshall Habilitation Center to Fulton.
He told the Fulton Sun that the move to Fulton will be completed by April 15.
It’s part of an extensive realignment of the mental health department around the state. Previously, the state had said the realignment would cost Fulton State Hospital up to 270 jobs.
Copyright 2011 Associated Press
A perk for the elderly who live in Illinois and ride the bus or MetroLink for free may be about to end.
Before he was ousted, former Illinois Governor Blagojevich gave free rides on public transit to everyone living in the state over 65. You can ride the Chicago “El” for free. . .you can ride the buses and MetroLink in metro-east for free. . .and even on the Missouri side if you have the proper Illinois senior I.D. It’s a program that’s cost the state millions.
In a rare Sunday session, the Illinois House voted 95 to 15 to limit those free rides to low-income seniors only. Under the revision, only seniors enrolled in the Illinois low-income Circuit Breaker program would qualify.
But all is not lost. Even if the free rides go, seniors are still eligible to ride public transit for half-price. . .in both Missouri and Illinois. The I.D. to do it is free.