A Rockford mental health treatment program will not receive $1.2 million in funds that were included in the Illinois state budget approved this summer over Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto, the state Department of Human Services confirmed today.

"The Department has informed Rosecrance on several occasions that state funding for triage services will end," IDHS Communications Director Meghan Powers said in an email to WNIJ News, "and they should seek to get federal funding through Medicaid Managed Care Organizations to cover these 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.

SwedishAmerican announced a $70,000 donation for Rosecrance's behavioral health program.

Rosecrance recently threatened to close its mental health triage center because of the Illinois' budget impasse. 

Bill Gorski, President and CEO of SwedishAmerican, says the stopgap budget isn't enough to keep those services afloat. 

"We know that the long term sustainable answer though, is going to have to come most likely from the legislature," Gorski said.

Gorski says the Rockford-area health facility is supporting the program because it meets a community need.

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A Rockford center that helps people who are having a psychiatric crisis will close in 30 days, unless it comes up with funding that’s being held back by the state. 

Rosecrance Triage To Cut Crisis Service Hours

Oct 30, 2015

The Rosecrance Mulberry Center announced that it will no longer provide mental health triage services around the clock beginning Nov. 2.

According to a news release, reserve funds used to keep the triage open 24/7 during the budget impasse have been cut off.

The Rockford facility will now be open only between noon and 11 p.m.

The Center has been operating since the close of Singer Mental Health Center in 2012. It provides interim care for those facing mental health or substance abuse crises.