What is the Winnebago County Community Mental Health Board?
- The Winnebago County Community Mental Health Board (WCCMHB) is a funding source that supports and invests in local organizations, non-profits, and governmental agencies that provide important mental health and substance use services for adults and children in Winnebago County.
- WCCMHB engages in planning, grantmaking, community engagement, coordination, and critical evaluation to strengthen the Community Support System (CSS) for mental health and substance use services in the county.
- The Winnebago County Community Mental Health Board, is located in Winnebago County in Northern Illinois.
- WCCMHB is a vital partner and resource for us as a funded mental health service provider. Their support and investment enable us to deliver essential services to adults and children in the community.
Half-Cent Sales Tax
Winnebago County residents approved a half-cent sales tax in March 2020, generating approximately $18 million annually for mental health and substance use services. Previously, Winnebago County was the largest county in Illinois with no local funding for mental health care despite 1 in 5 individuals meeting the criteria for a mental health diagnosis.
RSAC Outreach Therapists
Funded in-part by WCCMHB, RSAC outreach therapists provide therapy to schools in the area to ensure that child and adolescent sexual abuse/assault survivors can receive free quality therapy services. Sexual abuse and assault cause severe emotional disturbances, which can be helped by having trained professionals providing therapy. Since many children and adolescents have transportation issues, providing therapy in the schools meets the survivors in a safe, convenient place that allows for consistent appointments. This is RSAC's third year receiving WCCMHB funding.
To learn more about the Winnebago County Community Mental Health Board's mission. half-cent sales tax & other funded mental health and substance use services, please visit their website at http://r1planning.org/wccmhb.