Arkansas Crisis Hotline Center: If Government Shutdown Continues, Half of Budget in Jeopardy

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SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KFTA) — A local crisis hotline center says if the government shutdown continues, it could face the possibility of closing the doors.

On day 27 of the government shutdown, the Arkansas Crisis Center says right now it’s just doing its best to plan for the future.

The hotline center takes calls from people around the state who are experiencing any type of crisis, from domestic violence to suicide.

Nearly half of its funding comes from a government reimbursement grant, which covers the cost of helpline workers and operations.

Crisis Services Program Manager Emily Gilbertson says the hotline center has the means to operate for now, but if the shutdown continues into the coming months, it would have to rely on volunteers and community donations to stay afloat.

“If the government shutdown continues, any day they could turn around and tell us they can’t issue reimbursements which could be tomorrow or the next day or next week,” Gilbertson said.

Gilbertson adds the Arkansas Crisis Center is not alone, and several other NWA non-profits rely on the same reimbursement grant.

Right now, the crisis center is anticipating calls from people who might be going through a tough financial situation, and is doing it’s best to connect them with resources like food pantries.

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