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Illinois has seen state funding plummet in the mental health field, the tune of 30% over the last three years.

Last month, HD Singer Mental Health Center was forced to close because the state simply couldn't afford to keep it open.

That is putting a strain on facilities here in the QCA, at places like Robert Young, where they are forced to do more than ever with fewer resources.

"We have such a financial crisis in Illinois.. And we understand it. The question becomes how do you care for the sickest and the poorest?" said Robert Young Center President, David Deopere.

These are the questions so many mental health facilities are trying to answer.

With a 28% drop in state funding over the last five years, Robert Young was eligible to apply for a grant from the state after the shutdown of the Rockford center.

This was worth nearly $500,000.

With this money, they are trying to bolster security at the facility as well as create a crisis response team.

They will be able to make house calls to patients in times of need, rather than them coming to hospitals, tying up beds and taxpayer money.

But, Illinois Congressman Rich Morthland, doesn't believe it needs to be this way but until changes are made within the Illinois tax system, there may not be that light at the end of the tunnel just yet.

"Illinois is the brokest of all broke states and it is sad when we take out the problems of Illinois on the most vulnerable citizens we have."

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