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Mental Health Resources in Illinois


Illinois-mental-healthIllinois has a population of approximately 12.9 million people. Close to 3.21% of adults (according to SAMHSA) in Illinois live with serious mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression.

Public mental health services in Illinois are administered and provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services–Division of Mental Health (DMH). Substance use and addiction treatment services are overseen by the Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA).

Only 44.6% of adults with mental illness in Illinois receive any form of treatment from either the public system or private providers (according to SAMHSA). The renaming 55.4% received no mental health treatment. According to Mental Health America, Illinois is ranked 15 out of the 50 states and Washington D.C. for providing access to mental health services.

Medicaid is a combined state and federal program that provides health coverage to people with low income, including those who are unable to work because of a mental health disability. Residents of Illinois can apply for Medicaid through the Illinois Health Marketplace.

RtoR Family-Endorsed Providers in Illinois

Our Directory of Family-Endorsed Providers features multiple mental health resources in the state of Illinois. All of the Illinois providers listed below have been recommended by a family member of a person who has used their services and have been carefully vetted by our Advisory Group.

All Family-Endorsed Providers have three defining characteristics. They are recovery-oriented, embracing the principle that recovery is a real possibility for all people with mental health conditions. They are family-friendly, including family members in the treatment process. They use evidence-based best practices that are backed by scientific research.


Other Illinois Resources

Illinois Department of Human Services–Division of Mental Health

Illinois Department of Human Services–Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse

Illinois Medicaid

Illinois 211 – 2-1-1 is a free referral and information helpline that connects people to a wide range of health and human services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To contact 2-1-1 in any state, including Illinois, simply dial the numbers 2-1-1 from any phone.

National Alliance on Mental Illness–Illinois – The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a nationwide advocacy group, representing families and people affected by mental health disorders in the United States. The national organization is organized into state and local affiliates, of which NAMI–Illinois is one.

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