In 1968, the voters of Livingston County passed a referendum to "establish and maintain community mental health facilities and services including facilities and services for the developmentally disabled and the substance abuser and levy therefore an annual tax not to exceed .15%."  The Livingston County Mental Health Board is appointed by the County Board to administer the funds and monitor the services provided by the agencies receiving funds from the department.  In accordance with the Mental Health Act, the County Board appoints one of their members to serve on the Mental Health Board.  The Mental Health Board consists of seven members who are appointed to serve three-year terms and are eligible to be re-appointed at the expiration of their terms.  The Board meets on the third Thursday of each month.  The officers are elected at the annual meeting in June.

     The Mental Health Board is the Case Coordination Unit and the Pre-admission Screening Agent for the county and serves developmentally disabled children and adults.  The Board also administers the programs of the Livingston County Commission on Children and Youth and writes the grant proposals, which provide funding for the services.  The services in both areas are funded only by federal and state sources.

     The Livingston County Board for the Care and Treatment of Persons with a Developmental Disability also is appointed by the County Board and funds services for persons with developmental disabilities through the programs administered by the Mental Health Board. 

Independent Service Coordination

     The focus of the Case Coordination program is to assure the provision of needed services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.  The program provides referrals, linkage, resources, and advocacy as needed or requested. 

    The PUNS, the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services, is a statewide database that records information about individuals with developmental disabilities who are potentially in need of services.  An Independent Service Coordinator (ISC) will work with the individual and their family to identify the need for services, explain services and identify the urgency of need.  The ISC Agency will update the PUNS with the individual/family at least annually.   

     The Pre-Admission Screening program provides a coordinated system to determine the eligibility of an individual for developmental disability services.  The ISC completes nursing home screens for those individuals with developmental disabilities that require nursing home services.  If an emergency exists, the ISC will provide immediate intervention and make a determination concerning service needs within the PAS guidelines set forth by Department of Human Services/Division of Developmental Disabilities.  Staff are available 24 hours per day, seven days a week to respond to emergency situations. 

     Under Individual Service & Support Advocacy (ISSA) services, the ISC provide individuals who are receiving Medicaid Waiver services and their family/guardian access to independent case coordination, advocacy, and support services.  The ISC is responsible for monitoring the quality of services and the satisfaction of the individual with developmental disabilities and their family/guardian of all their services and supports.  Visits are completed quarterly with the individual, usually in their home or at their day/work site. 

     The Livingston County Mental Health Board, specifically, the Independent Service Coordination Unit, is under contract with the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Developmental Disabilities and follow all the guidelines and requirements set forth in the ISC manual by the State of Illinois. Referral of an individual with a developmental disability in need of service can be made by calling (815) 844-7708.  

The Livingston County Commission on Children & Youth (LCCCY)

The purpose of the LCCCY is to promote the development of an integrated, comprehensive community system of services for children and youth in Livingston County, particularly those who have special problems of emotional, physical and intellectual development, or who are not functioning successfully within the life of the family and the community.  The LCCCY is funded by the state and federal government, the Humiston Trust, the Livingston County United Way, and the Fairbury Community Fund.  

  • Children First – The Children First program’s goal is to educate parents about the negative impact divorce can have on children.  It is required for all divorcing parents with children under the age 18 and gives parents the opportunity to learn about and discuss the effect divorce has on children.
  • Intensive Placement Stabilization (IPS) – IPS serves children who reside in a foster home or children who have returned home from residential placement.  In order to help preserve the placement, this program provides counseling, respite care, and mentoring along with hard services, such as clothing, furniture, recreational opportunities, etc.
  • PLATO Program – The PLATO program provides children in various schools in the community the opportunity to develop their education skills through a computer program known as PLATO.  This program assesses where the child is academically and aids the child in increasing their knowledge.
  • The ACHIEVE Learning Center (A Center Helping Individuals Experience & Value Excellence) – The ACHIEVE Learning Center’s mission is to enable students to become successful learners and remain at grade level with age peers and to improve personal self-esteem/worth through guided learning and a personal tutor.  Scholarships are available through the LCCCY.
  • Family Support Specialist – The Family Support Specialist will complete intake for all juvenile delinquency court referrals, participate in all truancy hearings, and to provide case management to deliver intervention and associated activities to support juveniles and their families.