SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate voted on Thursday to allow the Department of Human Services to temporarily relocate residents of Rushville's Treatment and Detention Facility while it undergoes construction.
Senate Bill 93, sponsored by Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville), allows residents of the Rushville facility to be temporarily housed in the state's maximum-security mental health center in Chester. Rushville's Treatment and Detention Center is undergoing a $13 million expansion to alleviate overcrowding. The expansion will add room for an additional 96 residents.
"This is an important construction expansion project for central Illinois," Sullivan said. "During construction we must continue treating the residents, ensure the safety of the security, health care and maintenance staff, and protect the communities that house them."
The TDF in Rushville is the only facility in the state that can legally house Sexually Violent Persons, and legislation like SB 93 is the only way to authorize their temporary transfer.
A Sexually Violent Person is someone who has served a prison sentence for a violent sex crime, has a mental disorder and cannot be immediately released because they are likely to commit future acts of sexual violence.
The Senate approved SB93 without opposition. It now goes to the House for approval.