Sobriety Is Possible for Everyone Challenged by Substance Abuse

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There is hope for recovery for persons experiencing mental health and related issues.

Providing Mental Health Services to DeWitt County Residents

The DeWitt County 708 Community Mental Health Board (MHB) was established by DeWitt County voter referendum in 1967. We derive our authority from the Illinois Compiled Statutes Community Mental Health Act (405 ILCS 20/). The MHB maintains membership in the Association of Community Mental Health Authorities of Illinois (ACMHAIL).

About the Board

The DeWitt County Community Mental Health Board (MHB) comprises of seven volunteers who serve 4-year terms. The general body of law in the State of Illinois, which applies to conflict of interest situations, is applicable to the board’s appointments.

Responsibilities of the Members

  • The DeWitt County MHB is an oversight body for the planning and delivery of services for residents with mental illness, substance use disorder, and developmental or intellectual disabilities. This is accomplished through funding and by participating in a network of agencies.

  • The MHB is responsible for reviewing applications for funding, planning and evaluation of services, publishing an annual report, and creating a 3-year strategic plan.

  • The MHB is responsible for administering a combined budget of local tax funding and other funding as available (e.g., donations, grants) for the provision of services through multiple organizations.

  • The MHB meets on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 PM in the Vespasian Warner Library in Clinton. Additional meetings may be called for strategic planning, meetings with providers, annual reporting/budgeting, and special projects.

Membership Information

  • Members elect a president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary annually.

  • Members must be at least 18 years of age and residents of DeWitt County.

  • Members may be removed by the appointing officer for absenteeism, neglect of duty, misconduct, or malfeasance.

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For more information, please contact Sharon Mills, Board Administrator, DeWitt County Community Mental Health Board through:

Mail: Illinois State University

Campus Box 4950

Normal, Illinois 61790-4950

Phone: 309-438-5326

Email: [email protected]

Funding Information

The source of funding for the DeWitt County MHB is a tax levy collected by the DeWitt County Board.

Members of the MHB review requests for funding annually from eligible providers of mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disability services. The MHB meets with the DeWitt County Board during the County’s annual budget review process when a levy is approved for mental health purposes.

Written funding criteria are available from the MHB. To request funding information and/or to apply for mental health funds, please contact Sharon Mills.

Directions and Goals

The board’s current goals and priorities within four strategic directions include the following:
 1. Special Interests
    • Children’s Mental Health Forum to Respond to Needs, Resources, Prevention, Intervention, and Opportunities for Collaboration to Support Children's Health
    • Universal Prevention Programs to Increase Empathy, Decrease Bullying, and Prevent Violence
    • Mental Health Integration Across Systems
2. Advocating for Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Developmental Disability Issues through Public Awareness, Education, and Stigma Reduction
3. Increasing Collaboration
    • Create Linkages Among Providers
    • Participate in County Coalitions and Service Networks, the Association of Community Mental Health Authorities of Illinois, and Other Entities to Promote DeWitt County Resident Health and Access to Services
    • Identifying and Sharing Best Practices
    • Leveraging Resources
4. Enhancing Our Performance
    • Board Development and Involvement
    • Knowledge of the Affordable Care Act 
    • Knowledge of the Community Mental Health Act (405 ILCS 20/) Governing 708 Community Mental Health Boards
    • County-Wide and Population-Specific Assessment Related to Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Developmental Disability
    • Provider and Consumer Outcomes Measurement and Evaluation

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