We are very pleased that Elgin Township will have an established 708 board.
To learn more or to apply to be a member of the board: please go to www.elgintownship.com
The Elgin community has important critical imperative serious immediate vital behavioral health needs.
Many factors protect or threaten the health of Elgin residents. For behavioral health issues, poverty, access to care, culture, family structure and language isolation can impact identification and successful treatment.
Everyone knows someone impacted by mental illness, addiction, or developmental disabilities.
experiences a mental illness in a given year.
have one or more developmental disabilities or other developmental delays.
aged 13-18 experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life.
youth aged 12 and older have used an illicit drug such as heroin, cocaine or marijuana in the past month.
National stats from NAMI and CDC: Numbers are approximate.
The passage of a referendum that establishes a mental health board. This referendum will allow voters to decide to support increased local funding for local mental health, developmental disabilities and substance use services for Elgin Township residents who need and/or are on wait lists for these critical services.
Improved local services
Illinois communities with 708 Boards have improved local services to those in need.
708 Boards are composed of local citizens who have a vested interest in community services.
More attention to community needs
708 Boards are based on careful long-term planning based specifically on community need.
More direct services
The ability of a 708 Board to focus geographically on local need ensures that more funding is dedicated to providing direct services.
Gaps in services are reduce/eliminated
Gaps in service, such as long waiting lists or arbitrary cut-off limits for underserved populations, are greatly reduced – and possibly eliminated - by a 708 Board.
Increased ability to act quickly in critical times
Due to the establishment of a careful and comprehensive community service plan that is managed by a board of local citizens, 708 Boards have increased ability to act quickly in times of critical need.
A 708 Board’s community plan allows for greater funding from grant and foundation programs, thus increasing potential for non-tax funding of programs and services
Ability to act quickly when families are in crisis
Reduce or eliminate gaps in service such as long waiting lists or arbitrary cut-off limits.
Screening for prevention and early detection.
Comprehensive local support services targeted to the needs of the local community to ensure that preventive and therapeutic programs are streamlined accessible, and affordable for all residents in the Township.