Community Mental Health 708 Board
In April of 2021, voters in Milton Township approved a referendum that called for the creation of a 708 Community Mental Health Board. This board will oversee the funds from the approved tax levy and will allocate these resources for grants to support services for residents with mental health, intellectual and developmental disability and addiction disorders where current funding is insufficient. Under the Illinois Community Mental Health Act, 80 Community Mental Health Boards have been created across Illinois.
A call for board applications
Residents of Milton Township who have an interest in serving on the board are welcome to submit their application at the link below. An organizing committee will review applicants and then interview and recommend finalists for appointment by incoming Milton Township Supervisor, John Monino. “We believe this will be a true resource for the community and we look forward to forming a board that will serve some of Milton Township’s most vulnerable,” Monino stated. The township supervisor will make the community mental health board appointments in June. All interested Milton residents should apply at the link below.
A transparent process
The process for funding the work of the board as well as any grants made by the board will be transparent to all Milton Township residents. As the board is formed residents can check back on this page to learn about board member appointees, bylaws, budgets, meeting minutes, grants, and results from the board’s efforts.
Apply to be on the first Milton Township Community Mental Health Board
The organizing committee will recommend a slate of 2-year, 3-year and 4-year board appointees. Township Supervisor Monino will approve the final selection. Specific term lengths are to allow a proper transition period for the board over the next four years. After the initial phase, all subsequent board appointments will be for a 4-year term. Please use the link below to apply.
About 708 Boards
A 708 Board is named for the Illinois House of Representatives Resolution 708 that created a board structure to respond to the local mental health, substance use disorder, and developmental/intellectual disability needs of their communities. These volunteer boards are appointed by Township Supervisors, under the Illinois Community Mental Health Act (405 ILCS 20) and are accountable to the citizens of their community.