mental health services

Mental health centers were devastated during the Illinois extended budget stalemate. However, the state is working to expand behavioral health services to people who can’t afford them.  

Dr. Cari Wolf says Illinois is where Texas used to be.

“It was common to have people experiencing a mental health crisis languish in ERs for days. Law enforcement spent hours responding to mental health crises and trying desperately to link people with services.”

Rockford aldermen approved $100,000 in funds for the Rosecrance Behavioral Health Triage Program.  

Located at 605 Mulberry Street, the program provides emergency services to people suffering from psychotic episodes, extreme paranoia, and other mental health issues.  However, Rosecrance was in danger of closing its doors after a dearth of state funding.  


In recent weeks, WNIJ has reported on cuts to mental health services in northern Illinois. The situation has especially been felt in McHenry County, which saw its main behavioral health provider close this summer, largely because of delayed state payments.