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What is the 708 Mental Health Board?

The LaSalle County 708 Mental Health Board, in accordance with the Community Mental Health Act, exists to fund priority services and to provide awareness, education, and advocacy for mental health, substance use, intellectual/developmental disability, and related mental health services.

The Community Mental Health Act

The Community Mental Health Act of 1963, signed by President John F. Kennedy, established research centers and grants for facilities that provide assistance in combating mental illness and disabilities.

 The LaSalle County 708 Mental Health Board operates under the provisions of H.B. 708, Illinois Revised Statutes, also known as the Community Mental Health Act.

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Mental Health Funding in LaSalle County

Each year, funds are distributed to provide a limited number of core priority services for residents of LaSalle County experiencing mental health disorders, developmental disabilities, substance use disorders, and related issues. Contracts are awarded to community-based, nonprofit organizations that provide mental health-related services in accordance with 708 Board priorities, guidelines, and requirements. 


We attempt to serve priority populations in LaSalle County that include seriously and persistently mentally ill adults, seriously emotionally disturbed children, people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, child welfare, victims of violence, and other related areas.


For a copy of the Community Mental Health Act, please contact the LaSalle County 708 Mental Health Board at (815) 434-0708.

LaSalle County


Competently administer available levy funding through its statutory 708 mental health authority role and in accordance with the Mental Health Act/Illinois 708 statute and established funding eligibility guidelines.

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Monitor county mental health/substance use, IDD, and related service needs/availability and advocate for existing and new funding with decision-makers based on identified needs of La Salle County residents.


Serve in a consultative knowledge role to public health, service providers, health systems, decision-makers, and other service stakeholders.


Promote mental health awareness, education, and access to services in LaSalle County.



Stay current with federal, state and other mental health system trends, legislation, funding changes, and best practices and work with the Illinois Department of Human Services/divisions in accordance with its statutory role.


Actively participate in the Association of Community Mental Health Authorities of Illinois to gain knowledge and benchmark other activities/programs throughout the State of Illinois.

FOIA, Meetings, and Other Information

Meeting Agendas & Minutes

March 3, 2022 Minutes

May 18, 2022 Minutes

November 9, 2022 Minutes

February 8, 2023 Minutes

May 10, 2023 Minutes

August 9, 2023 Minutes

March 3, 2022 Agenda

May 18, 2022 Agenda

August 10, 2022 Agenda

November 9, 2022 Agenda

February 8, 2023 Agenda

May 10, 2023 Agenda

August 9, 2023 Agenda

November 29, 2023 Agenda

Executive Committee January 24, 2024 Agenda 

February 21, 2024 Agenda

Meeting Schedule

1:30 PM  1st Wednesday of Months Feb, May, Aug, November
Location To Be Rotated Among Funded Agencies 


Proposed Calendar Year 2024

*Wednesday, February 21st, 1:30 pm, 424 West Madison Street, Ottawa
ednesday, May 1st   
*Wednesday, August 7th     
*Wednesday, November 6th


*Note:  Meeting dates may vary and possible additional meetings in the summer based on the County budget calendar and new funding requests.

Service Needs Funded for Adults and Children:

  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

  • Mental Health Counseling/Therapy

  • Substance Use Counseling/Therapy

  • Victims of Domestic/Sexual Abuse

  • Child Welfare Service Recipients

  • Assessment

  • Court-appointed Advocacy

LaSalle County 708 Mental Health Board  FY 24 Summary of Contracts/Service Funding


Total Number of Nonprofit Service Organizations Funded:  9

Organizations Funded:

  • Ottawa Friendship House (Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities)

  • Safe Journeys (Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse)

  • LaSalle County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) (Child Advocacy)

  • Horizon House of Illinois Valley (Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities)

  • Open Door Rehabilitation Center (Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities)

  • Youth Service Bureau (YSB) (Child Welfare and Related)

  • North Central Behavioral Health Systems (NCBHS) (Mental Health & Substance Use)

  • Streator Unlimited (Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities)

  • Starved Rock Regional Center for Therapy & Child Development (SRRC) (Assessment & Related)


Types of Services Funded:

Emergency/Crisis Intervention; Assessment; Counseling/Therapy; Case Management; Community Support; Group Therapy; Intensive Outpatient Substance Use Counseling, Substance Use Prevention/Education; Community and school-based substance use prevention programs; Psychiatry; Nursing; Child Welfare Counseling, Outreach, Community Support Services; Workshop, Day Services, Employment Training, Developmental Training; Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault; Child Advocacy, Psychiatry and Medication Support    

2023 Funding Information:

Total Locations Where LaSalle County Residents Were Served:   16 service locations plus home-based and community-based services throughout La Salle County.

Total Projected Number of Individuals/Families Directly Served for the Year: 5,500+

Total Projected Individuals Served in Community Education & Outreach Services: 30,000

Total Projected Service Units Fully or Partially Funded:   423,936 Units of Service

Total Goals/Measurable Outcomes of Programs Funded:  48

Average % of Each Program’s Costs Funded by 708: 42%  (Range: 3% to 100%)

Total Contract Amounts of 708 Funded Services:   $2,534,680.00

Total Expense Budgets of Organizations Funded: $50,000,000+

Number of Employees in Funded Organizations:  Approximately 1,100 Employees

Total Community Leaders Serving as Board Members of Organizations Funded:  87

FOIA Contact: 815-434-0708

708 Board Goals: FY 2023-2025

Goal #1: Update the service & budget process to continue to reflect 708 Board priorities and the allocation of available funding.

Goal #2: Assess LaSalle County mental health/substance use needs and advocate for funding increases with decision-makers based on local hospital needs assessments, the LaSalle County Health Department ICAN Needs Assessment, and regional, state, and national needs assessment data.

Goal #3: To raise awareness and understanding of good mental health, when to seek services, and what services are available.

Goal #4: Advocate and build awareness for needed mental health, substance use, and related services with key decision-makers and stakeholders.

Goal #5: Continue to participate in ACMHAI to gain knowledge and benchmark other activities/programs administered by 708 Boards throughout the State of Illinois.

Goal #6: Ongoing monitoring of federal, state, and other mental health system trends, legislation, funding changes, best practices, and ongoing work with the Illinois Department of Human Services Divisions in accordance with 708 statutory requirements.

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