Mental Health

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.


The primary mental health mission of the Office of Mental Health is to help maximize community supports and develop skills for persons with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbance.


Our vision is excellent mental health care and treatment with compassion and respect for every person who turns to the public mental health system for help. Goals for Comprehensive Community Networks for Mental Health Services:

  • Foster the continual development of a comprehensive public mental health system of care.
  • Improve the appropriateness and effectiveness of clinical interventions to match the changing needs of clients.
  • Develop appropriate tools and structures to manage resources and care.
  • Promote integration of service systems in order to provide a comprehensive array of mental health and support services.
  • Enhance staff competence through the development of skills and knowledge in leadership, management and clinical intervention.
  • Increase data-based decision-making in a continuous quality improvement environment.
  • Enhance and expand the involvement of consumers in the review, planning, evaluation and delivery of mental health services.
  • Expand the knowledge required for effective statewide service system planning through innovative projects and activities within networks.

Mental Health Services

A range of services are available, depending on a person's needs. The Division offers a continuum of services from intensive in-patient hospitalization to outpatient care, backed by supportive housing and employment programs throughout Illinois. Its forensic services are designed for the care and treatment of people referred through the court system. Specialized programs for children and adolescents are also provided. Services are recovery oriented, community focused, and attuned to the culture of the persons receiving care. See how to receive Mental Health Services.