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 on: Today at 09:07:13 AM 
Started by cjm090 - Last post by sonshine
Ok I just got off the phone with securus and my son still had 17 dollars on his account before I just added more so I'm wondering why it said he had only 40 sec...anyways it said a 15 min call was 3.55 so a 30 min call is 7' it said there could be other rates that was charged also so maybe that's why but still from 4.90 to 7 it might only be 2 dollars but that's another half of a call..I don'find it...bc if you want to talk your gonna have to pay...and honestly I would pay whatever just yo hear from my son...but it does suck that a person has to pay that much...when you figure I have free long distance on my phone and its 50 a month...just not fair...

 on: Today at 08:50:06 AM 
Started by cjm090 - Last post by sonshine
Ok thank you I will do that...I just thought when the girl told me that she knew what she was talking about bc she had a l/o in...but when I kept seeing where everyone eles was paying half that I couldn't figure out why I was...Thank you again for the advice..

 on: Today at 08:45:35 AM 
Started by cjm090 - Last post by Gizgirl2
Sonshine- if you are saying that 2 calls and 40 seconds of a 3rd call is costing you $25. Then yes I would say you should call Securus and find out why it is costing you so much for a call.

 on: Today at 08:37:17 AM 
Started by cjm090 - Last post by sonshine
I have no ideal how or why I'm paying so much but I put 25 on the account to get it started and he made 2 phone calls and on the 3 rd one it said he had 40 sec. Left...and yes we are 1 hour and 15 min apart....the girl at the store right across the street from me where I do my w.u said in Illinois it cost 9.99''' so I have no clue...does anyone know what I should do..or someone I could call to find out if this is right...or just leave it it alone and accept that it is what it is....

 on: Today at 08:11:46 AM 
Started by smme7 - Last post by tkesde1
One phone call I don't worry anymore, one phone call could mean he overslept, he had a pass to go somewhere on a pass, or the line was long for the phone.  One time, they shut down dayroom & phones so that somebody could come in and change a light bulb.  I know after going through the misery that we have, it's easy to automatically jump to the worst conclusion. But try not to worry until you have something you know you have to worry about.   wc30

 on: Today at 06:38:26 AM 
Started by smme7 - Last post by Forevermah

If your LO is in SEG, they will tell you, but they won't tell you why.   I wouldn't worry with one missed phone call,  but hope you hear from him soon.

 on: March 26, 2015, 09:35:43 PM 
Started by smme7 - Last post by smme7
Will my boyfriends counselor tell me if he was taken to seg? He always calls when he's suppose to and he didn't call tonight..I'm kinda worried about him  wc13

 on: March 26, 2015, 07:10:28 PM 
Started by Forevermah - Last post by Forevermah

 Rehabilitation Center Faces Budget Crisis

Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 6:36 pm | Updated: 8:59 pm, Tue Mar 24, 2015.

    Posted on Mar 24, 2015

    by Ahmad Hicks

Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed budget cuts that could wipe out drug and alcohol treatment for more than 7,000 Illinois residents.

Rauner’s Feb. 18 proposal would eliminate $27.6 million from the $127 million budget of the Illinois Department of Human Service’s Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, according to the Gateway Foundation. Gateway is a charitable foundation in Carbondale that operates a substance abuse program.

The foundation is one of 10 drug and alcohol treatment centers in Illinois. Lori Dammermann, executive director of the foundation, said along with eliminating treatment, the budget cut would jeopardize the chances of patients getting a job when leaving the program.

The center has 70 in-house residential beds for men, women, boys and girls. Dammermann said even though the foundation can only house 70 people, it still assists patients who can not get into the center as out patients.

Jane Nichols, an assistant professor at SIU's Rehabilitation Institute, helps coordinate the substance abuse addiction program. The program does not treat patients, but trains individuals to become counselors and work with a broad range of people facing challenges.

“First of all, as a taxpayer, I appreciate having someone go to treatment," Nichols said. "It costs substantially less than to go to jail."

Dammermann said when a patient goes to rehab, they learn skills to help them become employable, better parents, more capable of managing emotions and family life, and they also learn where they can go to get support.

"Sending people to rehab saves money in the long run," Dammermann said. "Lock people up and they just learn to be better criminals."

It costs patients $600 to stay one night in the Gateway Foundation. If the proposed budget cuts are approved, the foundation estimated it would lose more than $2 million. As a comparison, the annual cost per inmate at the Menard Correctional Center in Chester is $20,699, which is about $57 per day, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

“The money is important to our foundation because it affects people with Medicaid, and a good portion of our clients are on Medicaid,” Dammermann said.

The cut would result a 12 percent overall decrease, eliminating 710 patients from receiving healthcare.

Dammermann said she did not know the exact number of clients on Medicaid and how much was provided for each client, but stressed the importance of losing them if the budget passes.

“If this goes through, certain people may not receive the treatment they need,” she said.

Nichols said treatment centers are good for more than just alcohol and drug problems—they can diagnose other issues in people's lives.

The Gateway Foundation also helps treat family problems and psychological troubles. It is one of the only centers in Illinois to help out young adolescent girls, Dammermann said.

“This area needs more centers to help people. Substance abuse is higher in areas like Carbondale,” Nichols said. “The people who have serious problems are the ones who need an intervention. Treatment gets them away from those problems.”

Since 2009 the state has slashed $39.7 million from treatment, denying care to 8,941 individuals in order to solve annual chronic budget problems, according to the Gateway Foundation.

 “It's something that needs to be treated like diabetes or cancer," Nichols said. "The only alternative for some of these people are jail. They don’t have a way out outside of the rehab center. They will end up in a mental hospital, jail or dead.”

 on: March 26, 2015, 04:03:58 PM 
Started by Forevermah - Last post by Forevermah
This topic has been moved to PAROLE/RE-ENTRY.

 on: March 26, 2015, 02:37:19 PM 
Started by mom0f1son - Last post by jcruz1104
If the person is paroling to a half-way house, in our experience, they do not have to pay,  your l.o if on parole is still "property of IDOC" and they make the arrangements. Field Services and your l/o facility will take care of this. It can literally take the day before release to get this info so do not worry about it. If your l/o paroles to a half-way house he/she has to follow their rules along with PO rules. If they find a place of their own the must get approval from PO prior to moving. Also your love must remain where he is to be living until a PO visits this could take a few days.  If they leave prior to PO visit that is a parole violation.

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