Gov. Pat Quinn's office has confirmed that the Tinley Park Mental Health Center will close, effective July 2, even though the General Assembly passed a budget last month that includes $10 million to keep the facility open. Also, a Cook County Circuit Court judge denied a motion Thursday from two mental health advocacy groups seeking to block the closure.
Some advocates and legislators fear the state has not done enough to ensure that Tinley Park patients can be safely transitioned into community-based treatment centers. State Rep. Al Riley (D-Olympia Fields) told the Joilet Herald News that he wants to see the center remain open until at least January 1 to ensure a smoother patient transition.