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.