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Budget includes funding for Rosecrance Triage Center; Stadelman calls on governor to release money
The budget state lawmakers passed earlier this month despite the governor's veto contains $2 million in funding to provide care for people in psychiatric crisis in Rockford.

State Senator Steve Stadelman said Illinois must deliver on its promise to increase spending on community-based services after closing Singer Mental Health Center in 2012. Rosecrance Health Network responded to the closing by opening its Mulberry Center to provide rapid evaluations in emergencies, stabilize patients in 23 hours and determine appropriate follow-up care.

"We've approved a budget, and the money for Rosecrance is there," Stadelman said. "The triage program keeps those who struggle with mental illnesses out of jail cells and hospital beds, which saves taxpayers money in the long run."  

However, Gov. Rauner has opposed funding for mental health since taking office in 2015, zeroing out line items in his 2016 and 2017 budget proposals.

Last year, when the Rauner administration released less to Rosecrance than was designated under a partial stop-gap budget, local government and nonprofit agencies helped fill the gap. Earlier this year, Rosecrance warned triage hours may be cut after July if state funds don't materialize.

"We are very encouraged that the state legislature passed a budget that includes funding for the Triage Center," Rosecrance Health Network President and CEO Phil Eaton said.

"We understand these are challenging times for the state and are very grateful to our legislators who voted for and worked diligently to ensure that triage funding remained a priority and was specifically included in the budget," Eaton said. "We look forward to receiving contracts from the state for this program, which continues to serve members of our community who are in psychiatric crisis. We are also deeply grateful to our local community partners, whose support helped us keep the Triage Center open during the budget impasse."

Mark Bonne
Chief of Staff, Illinois Senator Steve Stadelman
Zeke Giorgi Center, 200 S. Wyman St., Suite 301, Rockford, IL 61101


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