Gov. Pritzker, IDPH Announce $9.5M to Strengthen Mental Health Services for Youth Across Illinois


Funding from American Rescue Plan Act is Intended to Aid Post-COVID-19 Mental Health Services for Young People

Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today that the State of Illinois has awarded $9.5 million in funding to 40 different applicants across the state to support post-pandemic child and adolescent health. The size of the grants ranges from $83,000 to just over $400,000. Sixty percent of the grants are going to schools, 20% to hospital or clinic-based programs, 17.5% to local health departments and 2.5% to colleges.

The funding is primarily from the CDC’s COVID-19 Public Health Workforce Supplemental Funding program authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) plus $500,000 in state dollars. It is being offered to help schools and local agencies improve student care through workforce enhancements, developing frameworks to prevent adverse childhood experiences, interventions to assist children suffering from trauma, and training for medical and school staff to expand adolescent mental health resources.

“We recognize that the last few years have presented numerous challenges for all of us, and this is especially so for our youth,” Governor Pritzker said. “Thanks to this infusion of federal funding, we are strengthening school-based programs and local agencies that serve the mental health needs of young people all across Illinois. I applaud the Biden Administration for recognizing the need to direct resources to these kinds of programs that support our youth.”

“IDPH is excited to support innovative ideas from across the state dedicated to addressing the mental health needs of children and young people,” said IDPH Director Dr. Sameer Vohra. “From Winnebago County in the north to Gallatin County in Southern Illinois, we were impressed with the thoughtful proposals we received from schools, health care providers, local health departments, and colleges to strengthen child and adolescent health.” 

The funding opportunity was overseen by IDPH’s Office of Women’s Health & Family Services. More than 50 percent of the applicants for the funding opportunity are receiving funding.

The proposals outline numerous different strategies to strengthen mental health services for students across Illinois. These include developing student support programs and offering specialized curriculums in areas like stress management and nutrition; providing mental health training, education and support for teachers; providing such training for all school personnel; creating suicide awareness and prevention efforts; creating plans for mental health outreach; developing plans to address mental health needs during current and future public health emergencies; hiring counselors and other mental health professionals; and providing telehealth counseling and evaluation services.

See below for list of grantees and funding amounts:

GranteeAmount AwardedCountyCity
Alivio Medical Center$415,000.00CookChicago
Arrowleaf Johnson County$249,000.00JohnsonVienna
Bloomingdale SD 13$249,000.00DuPageBloomingdale
Board of Trustees University of Illinois$281,308.58CookChicago
Bond County Health Department$83,000.00BondGreenville
Bourbonnais Elementary School District 53$313,341.60KankakeeBourbonnais
Chicago Heights School District 170$342,674.36CookChicago Heights
Chicago Public Schools$415,000.00CookChicago
Cicero School District 99$176,583.33CiceroCook
Clay County Hospital$180,630.85ClayFlora
Community High School District 99$249,000.00DuPageDowners Grove
Crusaders Central Clinic Association$249,961.74WinnebagoRockford
Douglas County Health Department$241,974.05DouglasTuscola
Downers Grove Grade School District 58$332,592.62DuPageDowners Grove
DuPage High School District 88$249,000.00DuPageDowners Grove
Egyptian Public and Mental Health Department$224,752.53GallatinEldorado
Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205$249,000.00DuPageElmhurst
Erie Family Health Center$182,270.43CookChicago
Evanston Township High School District #202$169,030.45CookEvanston
Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124$292,118.50CookEvergreen Park
Fenton Community High School District 100$249,000.00DuPageBensenville
Glenbard Township High School District 87$249,000.00DuPageGlen Ellyn
Gower School District 62$124,031.88DuPageWillowbrook
Greene County Health Department$166,000.00GreeneCarrollton
Herrin Community Unit School District 4$316,546.94WilliamsonHerrin
Horizon Health Foundation$99,731.66EdgarParis
Indian Prairie School District #204$248,585.00DuPageAurora
Joliet Public Schools District 86$206,688.16WillJoliet
Lincoln Elementary School District #27$86,657.93LoganLincoln
Loyola University of Chicago$132,800.00CookMaywood
Marquardt School District 15$249,000.00DuPageGlendale Heights
Rochelle Township High School$99,669.42OgleRochelle
Salt Creek SD 48$249,000.00DuPageVilla Park
School District 45$249,000.00DuPageVilla Park
Stark County Health Department$197,930.02StarkKewanee
Stephenson County Health Department$83,000.00StephensonFreeport
Tamaroa Grade School District #5$278,302.60PerryTamaroa
Tapestry 360 Health$408,890.58CookChicago
Tri-County Special Education Association$377,807.70DeWittBloomington
Will County Health Department$214,870.33WillJoliet
TOTAL AWARDED$9,431,751.26

***Courtesy of the State of Illinois***

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