The Rosecrance Mulberry Center, which serves people dealing with mental health crises, will cut hours in specific services by more than half beginning Monday.
The triage program will no longer operate around the clock. It will be open only from noon to 11 p.m. Individuals in crisis who encounter police or who are present at emergency rooms overnight will have to remain in custody or in area hospitals until staff is on duty to assess them for the appropriate level of care.
“The state has abandoned the good-faith agreement it made to fund community services for people in psychiatric crisis after closing Singer Mental Health Center,” said Philip W. Eaton, President/CEO of Rosecrance Health Network “This is bad public policy and a horribly short-sighted decision. It strikes at the heart of the most vulnerable people among us.”
At issue is not just the budget impasse in Springfield which began July 1st, it is also that almost $1.5 million in funding promised for the triage center was zeroed out in Governor Rauner’s proposed budget.
“The consequences of this broken promise by the state are that more people will end up restrained in hospital emergency rooms or in the back of police cars. Police will once again be tied up for hours – or an entire shift – dealing with individuals in crisis,” said Eaton.