We're here...to enhance the mental health and well being of Township residents.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, local mental health providers, as well as agencies serving those with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities, are continuing to provide services, either in person or by telehealth and telephone. Refer to www.healthconnectionhub.org for information on local providers. In a medical or mental health emergency, please dial 911.
In addition, click here for a listing of community-based outpatient services, most of which are available to River Forest residents.
Support4U App for River Forest and Oak Park Middle and High School Students: students can anonymously text licensed clinicians 24/7 for support with mental health-related needs.
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LOSS is a unique, nondenominational grief support group for those suffering the loss of a loved one to suicide. A group for adults (age 18+) is being held by zoom on the third Wednesday of each month at 6 or 7 pm (time TBD). Please call 312.655.7283 or email [email protected] with questions or to register.
In-person LOSS meetings are temporarily suspended. Meetings are being held online; call 312.655.7283 for more info.
Click here for a list of "Suicide Safe" resources and hotlines (list provided by Thrive Counseling Center).
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 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.
Click here for the complete report
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.
Youth Substance Use Education and Treatement Services for the Oak Park and River Forest Communities. Click here for the guide
Outpatient Services: Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Click here for that resource
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.
Mental Health Services Administrator
Sarah Schwarting, River Forest Township Mental Health Services Administrator
E: [email protected]
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
2021 Mental Health Committee Meetings:
1st Tuesdays, 6:30 PM, 1/5, 2/2, 3/2, 4/6, 5/4, 6/1, 9/7, 10/5, 11/2.
River Forest Township offices, 8020 Madison Street or by Zoom (due to Covid-19 safety measures)
No meetings in July, August and December.
Mental Health and I/DD Funding Applications:
The funding cycle for FY2023 (4/1/22-3/31/23) is now closed. Applications for FY2024 (4/1/23-3/31/24) will be available in October, 2023 and due in December 2023.
For more info, contact Sarah Schwarting, Mental Health Administrator, [email protected].