Mission, Vision, and Overview

Mission, Vision, and Overview


To maximize community supports and develop skills for persons with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbance.


An efficient, effective, high-quality mental health service delivery system must be grounded in a clear vision that supports the recovery of adults with mental illnesses and promotes the resilience of children and adolescents with emotional disorders.

In Illinois, We Envision:

All children with a diagnosis of, or at risk for developing, an emotional disorder will have access to a

  • family-driven
  • youth-guided
  • trauma-informed
  • culturally and linguistically competent
  • strengths-based system of care

that supports optimal physical and mental health and social and emotional wellbeing.

In Illinois, We Envision:

All adults with a diagnosis of, or at risk for developing, a mental illness will have access to a

  • coordinated
  • integrated
  • well-funded mental health system

that promotes recovery and social inclusion through timely access to prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.

Community Services

Populations Served

  • Adults
    • Over 18
    • Diagnosis of Mental Illness
  • Children/Adolescents
    • Treatment of Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED)
    • Prevention services for symptoms of SED
  • Forensics
    • Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity (NGRI)
    • Unfit to Stand Trial (UST)
  • Long Term Care
    • Residential Care
    • Nursing Homes/Institutions for Mental Disease (IMDs) 

Community Services

Provider Network

  • Approximately 150 community mental health centers
    • Outpatient Clinics
    • Residential Services
  • Approximately 30 additional youth residential providers

Organizational Structure

  • Central Office - Chicago and Springfield
    • Develops policies, contracts, budgets
    • Mental Health Authority oversight
  • Regional Offices Throughout the State
  • Bureaus:
    • Community Services
    • Recovery Support Services
    • Forensic Services
    • Regional Services
    • Child and Adolescent Services
    • Rebalancing