ROCKFORD (WREX) — A change in the way the Rockford Fire Department responds to 911 calls takes a step forward Monday.
Right now the fire department is required to take patients in a mental health crisis to a hospital emergency room. But the fire department is the first in the state to get a special exception to bring patients to Rosecrance instead.
“While they’re a very good job of doing what they can, the facilities that are able and capable to provide the most comprehensive mental healthcare, have been facilities that we have been legally unable to transport people to directly,” Rockford Fire EMS Coordinator Brian Park said.
Rockford aldermen approved the plan in committee Monday. It heads to city council next week.