The mission of the Jackson County Mental Health (708) Board is to plan, allocate funds, coordinate, and evaluate a comprehensive system of Community Mental Health, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse services for the citizens of Jackson County, Illinois.
Authority and Responsibility
The Jackson County Mental Health (708) Board is a special purpose unit of county government operating under the provision of H.B. 708, Illinois Revised Statutes, Vol. 2, Chapter 91 1/2, Sections 301-314 inclusive. The cited legislation enables local governments to levy taxes for purposes related to mental health. In November of 1964, through a county-wide referendum, the citizens of Jackson County voted to levy this tax, thereby creating the Jackson County Mental Health (708) Board.
The 708 Board, as it has come to be known, is appointed by and responsible to the Jackson County Board. The 708 Board has the responsibility to develop and maintain a comprehensive mental health program available to all residents of Jackson County in accordance with the Community Mental Health Act, H.B. 708, as amended. By the term "comprehensive" the statute mandates that mental health funds are for mental illness, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services.