UTICA, N.Y. – Officials at ACR Health say the clinic has furloughed 70 staff members after failing to receive payment by New York State for several 2020 contracts.
According to ACR Health, they are owed more than $1.6 million for services delivered since January.
The coronavirus pandemic has halted state payments to ACR and similar organizations statewide.
The organization is still offering limited services with a reduced staff, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“This has been a heartbreaking process for our clients and our staff. We are helping people manage HIV, recover from substance use disorders, putting roofs over their heads and supporting LGBTQ Youth and Families,” said Wil Murtaugh, executive director of ACR Health. “The solutions for one pandemic should not come at the expense of the progress we have made on another. We need immediate action by the state and federal government to resume full operations.”
The Utica facility, at 287 Genesee St., will still offer HIV, Hepatitis C, HCV and STD testing, as well as the syringe exchange program on the on-site medical clinic. Youth and family services will also be available.