A Winnebago County judge has tossed out a legal challenge aimed at getting Rockford's Singer Mental Center re-opened. The Illinois Nurses Association filed a lawsuit last fall as the state closed Singer. The association wanted a judicial review of the process to grant a permit to shutter the facility. It was also seeking an emergency stay of Singer's closure.
A court hearing is scheduled next week related to the recent closing of Rockford’s Singer Mental Health Center. While the legal battle plays out, local providers say a new network of mental health service is making strides.
A Winnebago County judge on Tuesday denied a motion to keep open the Singer Mental Health Center in Rockford. The request was made by the Illinois Nurses Association, which is suing to get a judicial review of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board's decision to grant a permit to close Singer.
On Monday, the state of Illinois plans to stop accepting new admissions to the Singer Mental Health Center. The Rockford facility is one of several closures planned by the governor’s office as part of a cost-cutting move. WNIJ’s Mike Moen reports on what’s being done to help the community transition to a new mental health care system.
Work is underway on a facility in Rockford aimed at helping people dealing with a psychiatric crisis. It's one of several steps being taken as the state prepares to close the Singer Mental Health Center.
Illinois regulators have given their consent to the state's plan to close Rockford's Singer Mental Health Center this fall. The decision by the Health Facilities Services and Review Board came in a 5 to 3 vote this week.
Governor Pat Quinn signed Illinois' new spending plan over the weekend. His action included plans to shut down Rockford's Singer Mental Health Center, and use some of that money to increase funding for community-based care.