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Sibshops fall session has started! Space is still available. Sibshops, a fun, activities-based program specially designed for siblings of kids with disabilities and physical/mental health challenges, will take place on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at Thrive, 120 S. Marion Street, Oak Park. Lunch is provided. If you are interested or have questions, please email Supervisor Carla Sloan at cbsloan.rftownship@gmail.com or call 708-366-2029.

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LOSS is a unique grief support group for those suffering the loss of a loved one to suicide. A drop-in group for adults (age 18+) is held monthly in River Forest on the third Mondays, 6-8 pm (note time change). Click here for flier

Note: The previously held LOSS group for teens is no longer being held in River Forest. For more information regarding teen support, please call LOSS at

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.
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 2018
Partner Agency Events and Programs

NAMI opens Living Room in Broadview, offering drop-in mental health services.
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Housing Forward 2019 "Street Card" provides housing and shelter resources
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Sign up today for NAMI Metro Suburban (National Alliance on Mental Illness) classes for family members and caregivers, held in River Forest and Oak Park. Visit www.namimetsub.org for details and to register.

FRED Parent Support Group Meets 3rd Tuesdays

llinois Children's Mental Health Partnership's Family Help Guide

Mental Health Services Administrator
Avis Rudner, River Forest Township Mental Health Services Administrator
P: 708.771.6159 x270
E: Arudner@riverforesttownship.org

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
Contact Us.

2019 Mental Health Committee Meetings:

1st Tuesdays, 6:30 PM, 1/8, 2/5, 3/5, 4/2, 5/7, 6/4, 9/3, 10/1, 11/5.
River Forest Township offices, 8020 Madison Street

No meetings in July, August and December.

MHC Funding Applications for 2019 - 2020:

Cover Letter for Grant Applications
River Forest Grant Application
River Forest Prevention Application


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