Officials: Ecker Center for Mental Health's Group Home for Women Will Close May 8

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Officials: Ecker Center for Mental Health's Group Home for Women Will Close May 8


Byline: Elena Ferrarin eferrarin@dailyherald.com

Despite efforts to save it, a group home for mentally ill women in Elgin will close May 8 as a result of the state's budget crisis, officials said.

Ecker Center for Mental Health plans to sell the group home on the city's northwest side, which costs about $10,000 monthly to run, Executive Director Karen Beyer said.

A fundraising effort earlier this year netted $30,000, which is keeping the home open through May.

Five of the seven residents will move to a local nursing home. Arrangements are pending for the other two residents.

"It's been a very difficult thing for everybody involved," Beyer said. "We tried to do the very best we could for the seven ladies."

The agency provides a variety of outpatient mental health services to adults and children; it also runs another group home -- whose federal funding had been coming in -- plus six residential apartment programs.

The sale of the women's home, along with a pending $175,000 loan from the city of Elgin, should keep Ecker Center's other operations in business through November, Beyer said.

The Elgin City Council is expected to give the final OK to the loan application tonight.

"We are hoping that after the November elections, that money (from the state) will become available," Beyer said.

Ecker Center's annual operations total about $5 million.

Beyer declined to say how much she expects the home to sell for, but she said it will fund 1 1/2 pay periods for the agency's 100 or so employees, including part-timers.

The agency will not use the city's loan to fund the group home because it is focusing on avoiding large-scale service cuts, Beyer said. …

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