708 Mental Health Board

What is the 708 Mental Health Board?

The Stephenson County 708 Mental Health Board has seven members who are all volunteers from the community. No compensation is received by any member nor per diem expenses. Grant applications are received each year and the Board evaluates the need of each agency and how available dollars will be distributed. Currently seven local agencies receive 708 grants. Meetings are devoted to 708 Board operational matters and agency reports of funded programs. All meetings comply with the Open Meetings Act and the public is invited. This website posts Board members, agencies, the current year’s meeting dates, times, and location, the meeting agenda and the annual budget.

How we were created.

Illinois passed the Community Mental Health Act (CMHA) in 1963. This act gives local governing bodies, which most often are counties, the authority to establish by referendum a 708 Mental Health Board. Stephenson County passed such a referendum in 1967. Levied tax dollars as defined by the CMHA are distributed annually to various county agencies. The levy is $0.005 of assessed property value. These agencies provide services to meet the needs for mental health, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, crisis intervention, maintenance of independent living along with other programs of support to schools, law enforcement, health providers and community groups.

708 Mental Health Board Budget - Click Here

List of 708 Mental Health Board Funded Agencies

Agenda and Minutes - Click Here

Name Address Contact Term
Hugh Knapp, President 1747 W. Parkview Dr.
Freeport, IL 61032
huknapp.hk@gmail.com
815 232-6864
2020/2024
Martha Furst, Vice President 1066 S. Browns Mill Rd.
Freeport, IL 61032
martha.furst@mcness.com
815 238-9391
2020/2024
Bobbi Dykstra, Treasurer 3144 Sandy Pointe Dr.
Freeport, IL 61032
bdykstra@unionsb.com
815 291-7274
2022
Beckya Hebert, Co Board 879 W. Stephenson St
Freeport, IL 61032
animore70.bh@gmail.com
815 291-6534
 
Anthony V. Coon 10 N. Galena Ave, Suite 210Frreeport, IL 61032 tonycoonlaw@aol.com
815 235-2212
2021/2025
Carrie Helm, Secretary 2667 Marvin Ln.
Freeport, IL 61032
carrie@helmgroup.com
815 275-7055
2021/2025
Denise McIlwain 515 W. Mosley St
Freeport, IL 61032
denise.mcilwain@fsd.org
815 297-2850
2021/2025
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