A “708 Board” or Community Mental Health Board is established through referendum by a community, municipality, or township for the purposes of planning and funding mental health, developmental disability and substance abuse services.
Some of the responsibilities of a 708 Board include:
Is this something our Villages are ready for? How about DuPage County?
708 boards already exist in McHenry and JoDaviess counties:
McHenry County http://www.co.mchenry.il.us/county-government/departments-j-z/mental-health-board/
JoDaviess County http://www.jodaviess.org/index.asp?SEC=8E8E6647-8C07-47E9-A402-E0C5555EA927&Type=B_BASIC
Enabling legislation: “Any county, city, village, incorporated town, township, public health district, county health department, multiple-county health department, school district or any combination thereof, in consultation with and being advised by the Department of Human Services, shall have the power to construct, repair, operate, maintain and regulate community mental health facilities to provide mental health services as defined by the local community mental health board, including services for, persons with a developmental disability or substance use disorder, for residents thereof and/or to contract therefor with any private or public entity which provides such facilities and services, either in or without such county, city, village, incorporated town, township, public health district, county health department, multiple-county health department, school district or any combination thereof.”
For more information please visit the Associaiton of Community Mental Health Authorities of Illinois at: http://www.acmhai.org