708 Board Members

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Please note:  The 708 Board is currently seeking two additional members, whose lives have been personally affected by Mental Illness, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, and/or Substance Abuse

Please contact us for more information.  You may also download the Resume for County Board Appointment form to apply.


The Jackson County Board appoints seven members to the 708 Board. The Chair of the County Board may, upon request of the 708 Board, appoint two additional members. No compensation shall be paid to the Board members for their services. Expenses of the Board members in performance of their official duties shall be reimbursed after approval by the Board for each instance.

Conditions on Membership

No member of the 708 Board may be a full-time or part-time member of the Department of Human Services or a board member, employee or any other individual receiving compensation from any facility or service operating under contract to the Board. Only one member shall be a member of the Jackson County Board. Members shall be residents of Jackson County and, as nearly as possible, be representative of interested groups of the community such as local health departments, medical societies, local comprehensive health planning agencies, hospital boards, lay associations concerned with mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse, as well as the general public. Duties of the 708 Board include but are not limited to:

  • Attendance at bi-monthly Board meetings and at committee meetings as necessary
  • Develop an annual budget
  • Review request for 708 funds from local mental health service providers
  • Evaluate and monitor mental health services in Jackson County
  • Cooperate with the Illinois Department of Mental Health & Development Disabilities
  • Set policies of the 708 Board
  • Develop short and long-range plans for the delivery of mental health services in Jackson County

Besides the regular bi-monthly meetings and committee time, Board members are encouraged to periodically participate in activities relevant to mental health including agency board meetings. Time commitment will vary with level of interest but generally entails five (5) hours per month. Qualities useful for 708 Board membership:

  • Interest in Mental Health and willingness to learn about the Mental Health needs and services in Jackson County
  • Interest in making a contribution to the community of Jackson County on a voluntary basis
  • Previous involvement with community volunteer boards and knowledge of program planning and evaluation, grant writing, and budgeting

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