CRIS transitioning back to independent agency

Apr. 1—DANVILLE — CRIS Healthy Aging serves as a guiding light for older adults in Vermilion and Champaign counties.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2024, that mission continues on as the organization transitions to an independent agency, outside of the Carle healthcare system.

A little more than a year ago CRIS joined the Carle Health system to find necessary resources and stability at a time of significant transition. That support allowed CRIS to establish a solid operational foundation and prioritize the programming its clients rely upon, according to a press release from CRIS.

Also in this time, Lisa Miller joined the team as executive director, filling a much-needed senior leadership role. Going forward, the organization has deep connections with local, state and federal resources and they have every confidence that funding will be sustainable for a resilient future.

"Whether we are serving daily meals in our senior center, delivering home delivered meals, helping grandparents raising grandchildren, providing supervised exercise with our Fit and Strong Classes, assisting caregivers with extra support, or investigating abuse with our Adult Protective Services, the work we do is vital to the quality of life for older adults in our communities. That commitment is unwavering and I am confident we will move the organization forward in support of our clients and neighbors," Miller said.

Carle Health remains committed to CRIS as a community partner to ensure older community members have supportive services they need to improve their health outcomes and remain independent.

During the next several months Carle Health and CRIS teams will work to support the 37 employees who are part of CRIS Healthy Aging and create a seamless experience for the community members they serve.