For the past two years, the Bloomington-based nonprofit PATH Inc. has managed 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline calls for all of Illinois, acting as the primary contact locally, and the backup for crisis call centers statewide when their lines were busy.

This amounted to over 1,000 calls daily from people in mental health crises, and oftentimes, people in the process of dying by suicide.

But the organization also has had public struggles since the death of former CEO Chris Workman last April. There’s been frequent turnover across positions, including top leadership, and the nonprofit blundered multiple grant opportunities in recent months.

Now, it’s lost out on a $9.5 million 988 call center contract, meaning dozens of employees who work there will be laid off after the end of the current fiscal year on June 30, according to an email obtained by WGLT from interim CEO and Executive Director Adam Carter.

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