Rosecrance Prepares For More State Funding Cuts

Community Elements CEO Shelia Ferguson discusses her agency's merger with Rockford-based Rosecrance.

Shelia Ferguson (right) is the executive director of Rosecrance Champaign-Urbana.

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Social service agencies across Illinois are once again staring at a sudden cut in funding when the state’s stopgap spending plan runs out on Saturday.

Rosecrance is one of those agencies.  Sheila Ferguson is the executive director of their Champaign-Urbana facility.  Ferguson says Rosecrance was able to weather cuts to state spending for mental health services in 2016 because of a partnership with Promise Healthcare.

“I think that’s what we would look for if we had any additional cuts, is to look and see what kind of partnerships exist, what the impact of those cuts would be, and then we’d have to act accordingly," Ferguson said.

Ferguson says she’s not sure what specific services could be in jeopardy this time, because Rosecrance’s state funding comes from several different grants and agencies.  Rosecrance had to cut other services, including the emergency men’s homeless shelter at the TIMES Center because of state budget cuts in 2016.

Ferguson says she’s in contact with state lawmakers about funding issues and remains hopeful there will be another budget agreement in the near future.

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