Summit testifies at hearing on closure of Singer Mental Health Center–August 7, 2012

Rachel Betts presented the Summit’s written and oral testimony concerning the proposed closure of Singer Mental Health Center at a hearing in Rockford on August 7, 2012.  The Summit does not oppose the closure but opposes the Department of Human Services plan for that closure because; (1) the Department is refusing to reinvest the money saved from the closure in alternative service in violation of Illinois law; (2) the Department’s plan relies on replacing the 76 beds at Singer with services at Elgin, McFarland and Read, even thought it has no plan to increase capacity at these already overcrowded facilities; and (3) the Department has claimed that it lacks the funds to keep the facility open or reinvest the savings from the closure despite the fact that funds were expressly appropriated for these purposes.

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Written testimony presented by Summit at Singer closure hearing on August 7, 2012