Reinvestment Concerns Among Mental Health Advocates

By: Jessica Geraci
By: Jessica Geraci

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Statewide Mental Health advocates argue that when the Singer Mental Health Center closes, if the state doesn't provide the same amount of funding to new community based mental health programs, Illinois will be in violation of its own laws.

Mark Higherman is the founder of the Mental Health Summit. He says, according to state statutes, the $14 million that was in the Illinois budget for Singer has to be re-invested into the community. Only $4.5 million will be. Higherman says that violates a 2005 law which requires the state to put money from a shuttered facility back into the community.

Higherman says a lawsuit against the state is pending to get back millions for Illinois' mental health care system.

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