New Mental Health Crisis Center Possibly in the Works

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) – People experiencing a mental health crisis should soon have access to more immediate treatment.

A proposed center by Rosecrance would be the first of its kind in the State of Illinois.

Robin Garvey understands the challenges that come with a mental illness. One of her family members has bipolar disorder.

“We would spend up to 9-10 hours just waiting for an evaluation in an ER,” said Robin Garvey from the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI).

For someone who is in a psychiatric crisis, that’s a really difficult experience. Rosecrance wants to help patients avoid those waits by offering more services at a building on Mulberry Street.

The goal is to renovate it and combine its triage program and crisis residential beds under one roof to form the crisis stabilization center.

“Everything that you can do to lessen the trauma and to deliver services efficiently and rapidly to these individuals is going to in the long run assist in their recovery, said Rosecrance Director of Communications, Judy Emerson.

The center will offer detoxification services, which wasn’t provided under the triage program which forced patients to go to hospitals.

“Co-occurring disorders of mental health and substance abuse are common, so being able to do that at one place and treat both disorders is really important.”

Rosecrance will also expand its crisis beds from 12 to 16, pending city council approval. They hope to be moved into the building by the end of the year.

The center has already been approved by the zoning board of appeals. Next, it goes to codes and regulations, then the full council. Garvey is the president of NAMI for Northern Illinois.

The non-profit provides resources for families dealing with mental illness. If you’d like to get in touch with them please call 815-963-2470.

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