The Division of Mental Health administers and coordinates forensic mental health services for the state of Illinois. Its primary responsibility is coordinating inpatient and outpatient placement of adults and juveniles referred through the court system who are found "not guilty by reason of insanity," and those persons found "unfit to stand trial." The Division is responsible for their court-ordered treatment, secure placement, and for keeping track of these individuals when they are conditionally released into the community. The Division operates six secure adult and one secure juvenile inpatient facility for persons who have been referred through the courts for mental health reasons.

The Division of Mental Health also operates the Mental Health Juvenile Justice Initiative, which identifies young people with mental illnesses who are in detention, and it links and monitors their access to appropriate care and service.

The Division is facilitating the development of statewide programs to provide community- based alternatives to incarceration. It works to facilitate statewide expansion of the Mental Health Courts in Illinois and statewide expansion of the Datalink Program, which improves continuity of care for persons with mental illnesses making the transition from jails to the community.

The Division also operates the state's inpatient Sexually Violent Persons Program.

To Get Help

Contact the nearest Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) by

In life threatening, emergency or crisis situations call 911. Hospitals, police, and fire department personnel are trained responders to situations involving mental health issues.