We're here...to enhance the mental health and well being of Township residents.
The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (IDHS/DASA) announced the establishment of the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances. The confidential and free Helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for individuals experiencing opioid use disorders, families, and anyone affected by the disease. Helpline specialists are trained in evidence-based approaches to help connect callers with treatment services and recovery support services. To reach the Helpline, call 1-833-2FINDHELP.
River Forest Township and its partners have just completed the Community Health Needs Assessment for the River Forest and Oak Park communities, which focuses on physical health, behavioral health, developmental disabilities and substance use. The Needs Assessment is based on a community survey, extensive data analysis and a series of stakeholder meetings.
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Vaping and use of e-cigarettes is a growing and dangerous trend, especially among young people. Click here for information on the facts, trends, risks, and how to talk to your children about the topic. Click here for details
Also check out this link https://www.facebook.com/MattBaronOakPark to view a talk on vaping by expert Andy Duran of LEAD, held at OPRF High School on April 11.
Sibshops Continue Through April! Sibshops, a fun, activities-based program specially designed for siblings of kids with disabilities and physical/mental health challenges, will take place on two Saturdays per month, 11:30 am-1:30 pm, starting in September, at Thrive, 120 S. Marion Street, Oak Park. Lunch is provided. Sibshops kickoff January 20 and continue on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays, February 3 through April 21. If you are interested or have questions, please email Supervisor Carla Sloan firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LOSS is a unique grief support group for those suffering the loss of a loved one to suicide. Two new monthly drop-in groups are being held in River Forest:
Teens 13-18, third Thursdays, 6 pm. Click here for details
Adults over 18, third Mondays, 7 pm. Click here for details
The Oak Park Community Mental Health Board has just completed its Wellness Guide for Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Click here for the guide. Many of the services offered by the agencies listed in this guide are also accessible to River Forest residents.
In addition, River Forest Township has developed its own Resource Guide to Developmental Disability and Mental Health Services. Click here for that resource
While these resources are helpful, in the event of a mental health emergency, please call 9-1-1.
River Forest Township Mental Health Annual Report 2017
Mental Health Services Administrator
Avis Rudner, River Forest Township Mental Health Services Administrator
River Forest Township Mental Health Committee
You can find peace of mind in the knowledge that the River Forest Township Mental
Health Committee is working to enhance the mental health and
developmental potential of residents by establishing a continuum of community based services that are cost-effective,
systematically evaluated and responsive to evolving mental health needs.
The Mental Health Committee's mission is fulfilled through partnerships with community agencies. These agencies
provide a flexible network of easily accessible services for the treatment and prevention of mental illness, developmental disabilities
and substance use. Services include case management, supervised housing, psychiatric treatment, volunteer opportunities,
24-hour crisis management and social/recreational services.
River Forest Township offices, River Forest Civic Center Authority Building,
8020 W. Madison Street, River Forest.
All meetings will take place on the first Tuesday of the month. Meetings are scheduled for 6:30 PM unless otherwise indicated.
To download the River Forest Township Resource Guide to Developmental Disability and Mental Health Services, click here or
2018 Mental Health Committee Meetings:
1st Tuesdays, 6:30 pm, 1/2, 2/6, 3/6, 4/3, 5/1, 6/5, 9/4, 10/2, 11/6.
River Forest Township offices, 8020 W. Madison Street, River Forest.
No meetings in July, August and December.
MHC Funding Applications for 2018 - 2019:
Cover Letter for Grant Applications
Grant Application Instructions - New Agencies and/or Programs
Grant Application - New Agencies / Programs Only
River Forest Grant Application
River Forest Prevention Application
River Forest Prevention Guidelines
River Forest Outreach Application