Integrated services a relatively new trend in Rock River Valley

ROCKFORD — Wilbur Collins suffers from depression and has heard voices in his head. He also suffers from some chronic physical ailments, such as high blood pressure.

He is getting help from the Rosecrance Health Network and, thanks to Rosecrance’s partnership with Crusader Community Health, he can visit just one location to take care of his various medical needs.

The movement’s philosophy, part of a national trend, is that homeless people, drug addicts, the mentally ill and members of other troubled populations are often dealing with a multitude of problems.

“It’s convenient,” case worker Tammie Rubka said, chaperoning one of Collins’ recent medical appointments at the Rosecrance Ware Center to keep track of all that he must do to try to keep himself whole.

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