That situation frustrates Stephen Knox, chief executive of Springfield's not-for-profit Triangle Center, which hasn't received a substantial payment from the state since mid-August.
"The governor is on the road, trying to expand health-care programs in Illinois," Knox
Triangle is owed almost $700,000 in state funding, or 22 percent of its $3.2 million annual budget, Knox
The backlog is the worst Knox has seen in his
20 years at Triangle, which has obtained a line of credit from a bank to survive the shortfall and now must ask for that line to be extended.
"In effect, we're subsidizing the state's activities," he
said, adding that the backlog and lack of a cost-of-living rate increase have contributed to a growing waiting list for Triangle's services.
"I haven't thought of expansion for three or four years because it's just impossible," Knox
The average wait at Triangle is 60 days.When people with drug and alcohol addictions want treatment but must wait, they are at high risk from medical problems, drunken driving, domestic abuse and suicide, Knox
...Rikeesha Cannon, spokeswoman for the Department of Human Services, declined to comment on the statements by Knox and Powers about Illinois Covered's funding.