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Intouch Adult Day Services to close Moline facility Feb. 26
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Intouch Adult Day Services to close Moline facility Feb. 26

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MOLINE -- Intouch Adult Day Services, a program of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI), is scheduled to close the doors on on its Moline center Feb. 26.

Statewide, the Des Plaines-based LSSI is ending 30 programs and eliminating more than 750 positions, or 43 percent of LSSI's total employees.

"As a result of these closures, approximately 4,700 people will no longer be receiving services from LSSI," said LSSI spokeswoman Barb Hailey in a news release, Friday.

Locally, the closure means 70 jobs will be lost and more than 250 clients of Adult Day and home care will no longer be served, according to program director Sharon Patten.

Intouch Adult Day Services is located at 4011 Avenue of the Cities. Ms. Patten said Intouch Adult Day has served the Quad-Cities since 1980.

"We're very sad," Ms. Patten said. "The decision was based on the budget impasse in Springfield."

LSSI is the largest statewide provider of social services. Mark A. Stutrud, LSSI president and CEO, said in a statement, "Over the past months, LSSI has relied on a bank line of credit and available resources from our foundation to compensate for the state's inability to pay its bills.

"Currently, we are owed more than $6 million by the state for services delivered. After seven months, we can no longer provide services for which we aren't being paid."

Ms. Patten said without state Medicaid reimbursements, the programs can't continue.

 Intouch Adult Day Services - Moline, is one of the largest adult day facilities in Illinois, providing personalized attention and stimulating activities in a comfortable, monitored environment to active seniors, socially isolated adults, and medically and psychologically challenged adults.

The services also offer caregivers respite from their daily responsibilities.

Melissa Uzzell, an elder law attorney out of Rock Island who refers clients to Intouch, said it will be a big loss to the area.

"I don't think a lot of people out there realize what services they provide," said Ms. Uzzell,  who volunteers time with veterans groups that meet  at the center. "It's the only facility of its type on the Illinois side. It's going to leave a huge hole, a huge gap for us.

"A lot of veterans use it. We have a pretty good group, sometimes 15 to 20 guys meet there on Wednesday mornings. That's a reason a lot of those guys come to Intouch.

"It's a horrible loss for us (Quad-Cities)."

Jerry Schroeder, senior program specialist with the local Alzheimer's Association in Davenport said it was a shock when heard the news.

"I've known they (Intouch) have had financial challenges for years," he said. "I can tell you, it's an inestimable loss to the community.

"From the quality of care, the atmosphere they create, the goodness they provide - there are going to be a lot of people displaced. This is nothing different than a family being broken up.

"As it is, there are not enough adult day centers. I'm heartbroken."

Ted Pappas Jr., president and CEO of Friendship Manor, 1209 21st Ave., Rock Island, said his first reaction to the closing was, "Wow!"

Mr. Pappas said Lutheran Social Services of Illinois has been impacted by the lack of Medicaid reimbursement.

"I think it's a real loss for the community," Mr. Pappas said. "Some of these families work, take care of a family member, a spouse, a parent, and Intouch provides a real means for folks that enables them to continue their work. 

"Intouch works with some of our neediest citizens that otherwise, could be out on the streets."

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