Evanston Mental Health Board (MHB)
MHB was adopted by a local referendum in 1969. The MHB consists of nine community members who are appointed by the Mayor to plan, fund, coordinate and evaluate local community-based services for: 1) individuals with psychiatric impairment; 2) individuals with developmental disabilities; and/or 3) individuals who abuse alcohol and/or other drugs. The MHB allocates funds to community agencies through contracts for specific programs; monitors and evaluates Evanston agencies that provide mental health services; and provides advocacy services to facilitate, expedite, and/or change systems to ensure provision of services.
Mental Health Services
Mental Health Service provides staff support to maintain the Mental Health Board's (MHB) operations. Contract administration and performance monitoring are provided for the MHB's Community Purchased Service agencies that receive funds from the board. Information and referrals are provided about local agency services, and other mental health programs. Short-term intervention and case management are made available for people in crisis. A directory of services is published about all of the community's services. Assistance is provided to individuals to find whatever services are needed, whether in Evanston or through programs in other communities.
In the summer of 2002, the Evanston City Council adopted a recommendation from the Human Services Committee and the Evanston Mental Health Board to consolidate the City of Evanston’s Community Purchased Service budget and the MHB’s Purchased Service Allocations. This MHB manages this consolidated funding process. They are accountable for allocating, monitoring, and evaluating the use of local tax dollars to purchase broad based human services, for both mental health and general social service issues, for Evanston residents (community purchased services).
After Hours Communication
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