Rockford Fire could change response to mental health crisis 911 calls

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.

Breane Lyga

Breane Lyga

Content Manager

More News

13 Weather Authority

Rockford
70°
Freeport
66°
DeKalb
69°
Rochelle
Sterling
68°
Janesville
66°
Monroe
66°
Connect with WREX
Top Stories
Scroll to top
Skip to content