About the MCMHB

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About The Macon County Mental Health Board

The Macon County Mental Health Board is a unit of local government operating under the provisions of H.B. 708, Illinois Revised statutes, also known as the Community Mental Health Act.

The Macon County Mental Health Board was created by a referendum approved by the voters of Macon County in 1965. Through the passage of this referendum, a property tax levy was established to support the Mental Health Board’s mission to assure that a comprehensive and coordinated system of effective and efficient public mental health services is available and accessible to all of the citizens of Macon County in need of such services. The Community Mental Health Act defines mental health services as those services related to mental illness/mental health, services related to developmental disabilities, and services related to substance use.

Each year, levied funds are distributed to various organizations to provide services for residents of Macon County related to mental illness/mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance use. The Macon County Mental Health Board supports services for over 12,000 individuals in Macon County annually.

The Mental Health Board engages in planning activities designed to better determine the mental health service needs within Macon County.  The Board oversees the provision of disaster mental health services and critical incident stress management for emergency service providers.

Our History and Mission

Established in 1965, the Macon County Mental Health Board supports services for over 12,000 annually throughout Macon County.

The mission of the Board is to assure that a comprehensive and coordinated system of effective and efficient public mental health services is available and accessible to all of the citizens of Macon County in need of such services.

The Community Mental Health Act defines mental health services as those services related to mental illness/mental health, services related to developmental disabilities, and services related to substance abuse.

The Mental Health Board engages in planning activities designed to better determine the mental health service needs within Macon County. The Board oversees the provision of disaster mental health services and critical incident stress management for emergency service providers.

Our Board of Directors and Committees

The Chair of the Macon County Board appoints a nine-member Mental Health Board to administer the mental health tax. State statute requires this Board, a unit of local government, to plan, fund, coordinate and evaluate public mental health/mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services in Macon County.

Each of the nine members of the Board must be residents of Macon County. A term is four years. One member is also a member of the Macon County Board. No member of the Board may be a board member or employee of any facility or service provider operating under contract to the Board, or a full-time or part-time employee of the Illinois Department of Human Services.

 

The Board usually meets monthly and uses various committees to accomplish its work. These committees are: Executive, Budget & Finance, Policy and Nominating. The full Macon County Mental Health Board assigns relevant tasks to the appropriate committee. The committee completes the task using staff assistance as necessary and makes a recommendation to the full Board. A final decision is made by a vote of the full Board. The Board rarely takes spontaneous action. The Board and staff have separate roles. The Board is charged with setting policy; staff is charged with administering and implementing Board policy.

BOARD MEMBERS

Linda Little, President – 10 Years of Service – Employment: ADM
Bryan Smith, Vice President – 13 Years of Service – Employment: Township Officials of Illinois
Stephen Clevenger, Treasurer – 3 Years of Service – Employment: Soy Capital Bank
Sherri Arnold, Secretary – 3 Years of Service – Employment: Former Executive Director of Mental Health Association of Macon County
Steve Rathnow, Member – 13 Years of Service – Retired: St. Mary’s Hospital
Eric McRae, Member – 10 Years of Service – Employment: First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust
Evyonne Hawkins, Member – 4 Year of Service – Employment: Richland Community College
Barb Dunn, Member – 3 Years of Service – Retired: CHIC (Community Health Improvement Center)
Jerry Johnson, Member – 1 Year of Service – Employment: Decatur Area Arts Council

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Linda Little, Chairperson
Bryan Smith
Sherri Arnold
Stephen Clevenger

BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE

Stephen Clevenger, Chairperson
Steve Rathnow
Jerry Johnson
Barbara Dunn
Sherri Arnold

POLICY COMMITTEE

Bryan Smith
Jerry Johnson
Barbara Dunn

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Bryan Smith, Chairperson
Evyonne Hawkins
Sherri Arnold

ADDRESS

132 S. Water Street, Suite 604
Decatur, IL 62523

PHONE

(217) 423-6199

EMAIL

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