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UPDATE: Autism Services Group’s sudden closure impacts local families

UPDATE 11:00 PM — In response to the statement provided by ASG co-owner Mike Evans, Gorbold Behavioral Consulting (GBC), said they are not affiliated with Autism Services Group (ASG), despite Evans’ statement about the two groups merging.

In a statement GBC said that is just, “not accurate.”  They went on to say, “Although we are hoping to secure the lease locations of the previous ABA company, Autism Services Group (ASG), GBC aba is not acquiring or affiliated with that organization.”

GBC also said they “are hoping to secure leases for the locations because [they] want to make the transition for these families as seamless as possible…”

To read the full statement, click here. 

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PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) — A facility that serves families impacted by autism is closing its doors.

The Autism Services Group, or ASG, in Peoria shut down the Knoxville Avenue location. The business was formerly known as Skill Sprout.

We spoke to a company official last week, who informed us of the closure, but did not give a date. The facility provided services for children with autism or a neuro-disability and support for their families.

An e-mail obtained by 25 News was sent by ASG’s regional operations manager to clients last week. The e-mail said the clinic serving the Peoria region ended as of Feb. 21, as the owners were unable to “financially sustain it.”

“Unfortunately, our staff has been working without pay for several weeks, and things were not going to turn around,” said the e-mail. “Although this is a dramatic and unexpected change, I felt we needed to let our families know immediately and allow our staff to begin transitioning to other opportunities that they deserve. As you can imagine, this is a horrific outcome that we never thought would happen.”

An Illinois Department of Labor spokesman said the Fair Labor Standards Division of IDOL currently has seven open unpaid wage complaints against Autism Service Group. He declined to comment further.

In a phone interview, ASG co-owner Mike Evans said the company is becoming part of Gorbold Behavioral Consulting (GBC). Evans said the ASG locations are closed, but employees will be offered the opportunity to apply for jobs with Gorbold.

“Autism Service Group (ASG) and GBC ABA are pleased to announce that GBC ABA will be moving into ASG’s clinic at 8500 North Knoxville, Peoria to provide ABA services for children with autism in our community,” said Evans in an follow-up e-mail statement. “ASG recently ceased services at the clinic due to a staffing shortage.  GBC ABA is a well established leader in autism therapy in Illinois and shares ASG’s commitment to clinical excellence and the best possible outcomes for their clients.  The clinic will reopen in the coming days so there is the least disruption in services.”

 

ASG has locations in Peoria, Normal, Champaign, Springfield and Lombard. It is unclear if other locations are similarly impacted, though there are reports of closures in Champaign and Normal.

Evans said GBC will also take over the Normal clinic.

The Central Illinois Autism Association is providing a list of other organizations which can provide similar services.

 

 

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