Mission, Vision, and Overview


Mission, Vision, and Overview


Mission

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


Vision

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