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Community Mental Health Board

The Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township (CMHB) is a branch of Oak Park Township. The CMHB is comprised of nine residents appointed by the Township Supervisor with the approval of the Township Trustees.

The purpose of the Community Mental Health Board is to assist in planning, developing, coordinating, evaluating, and funding mental health services in Oak Park. This includes services for persons with mental disorders, alcohol or other drug dependence or developmental disorders. The Township’s Community Mental Health Fund provides over $1million in financial support for programs and services to 12-20 agencies per year in Oak Park.

Health Connection Hub (The HUB):

The HUB is a closed-loop referral database that helps connect community members to the behavioral health and other social services that they need. Learn more and search for services at

CMHB Database Login:

Board Membership Information

Members of the Community Mental Health Board are appointed by the Township Trustees to four-year terms. The Board looks for individuals with social service experience or experience in other areas directly and indirectly related to the field of mental health, developmental disabilities, and Substance Use Disorder. The Community Mental Health Board meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm.  CMHB meetings are at 1011 Lake Street, 2nd Floor conference room, Oak Park, IL  60301.  Locations are subject to change.

Current CMHB Members

Nancy Staples, President
Jaimee Reggio, Vice President
Liz Raleigh, Treasurer/Secretary
Dr. Richard Carroll
Dr. Bruce McNulty
Ann Schreiner
Dr. Marge Trybus, Oak Park Township Trustee
Janet Graf
Gustavo Espinosa

For additional information about the CMHB, please contact Oak Park Township at (708) 383-8005, or click here for an application to the CMHB Committee.  We welcome applicants when a board opening becomes available.

Contact Information

Cheryl Potts
Community Mental Health Board Executive Director

Laura Brookes
Associate Director for Contracts & Partnerships

Melissa Lobring
Community Mental Health Board Office Administrator

1011 Lake Street, Suite 307
Oak Park, IL  60301
(708) 358-8855

Currently Funded Agencies

The Community Mental Health Board (CMHB) provides funding to local social service agencies on an annual basis.  For more information on these agencies, please contact CMHB at (708) 358-8855.  Please click here  for a list of currently funded agencies.

CMHB History

In 1973 Oak Park citizens voted to establish a Community Mental Health Board and levy an annual tax for the purpose "...of providing community mental health facilities and services including facilities for the developmentally disabled and those with Substance Use Disorder." The vote was authorized Community Mental Health Act, recently passed by the by the Illinois Legislature. For the full text of the act, go to:

MENTAL HEALTH (405 ILCS 20/) Community Mental Health Act.

Following the successful referendum, the Township board appointed the nine-member CMHB to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the Act. One year later a full-time executive director was hired to coordinate the day-to-day affairs, assist the voluntary Board members and add professional input and expertise to the Board's activities.

CMHB Mission

  • Enhance the mental health and developmental potential of Oak Park residents.
  • Establish an appropriate continuum of community support service.
  • Manage local resources in a fiscally responsible manner.

Vision Statement

The Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township shall provide leadership to develop a comprehensive array of community based services, which are cost-effective, systematically evaluated, and responsive to evolving community needs. This requires a flexible network of easily accessible services for the treatment and prevention of mental illness, developmental disabilities, and Substance Use Disorder.

In pursuit of this vision, the board endorses the following concepts:

  • Accessible, community focused network of care.
  • Development of a continuum of care, responsive to the community and the evolving needs of clients – children or adults.
  • Client-centered approach to the provision of care provided in a coordinated fashion responsive to presenting issues of clients.
  • Providing choice within an array of community-based alternatives.
  • Services that build on client strengths as well as disabilities.
  • Improve the quality of life for Oak Park residents with disabilities.

Purpose and Philosophy

The Illinois Community Mental Health Act mandates that each Community Mental Health Board in the state:

  • Review and evaluate community mental health services and facilities.
  • Plan for programs of community mental health services and facilities.
  • Consult with others regarding the most efficient delivery of services.
  • Authorize distribution of funds to mental health services and facilities.

The Board is mandated to assure on behalf of the community that those in need of mental health, developmental disability or substance use disorder services will have those services available to them. To accomplish this task the Board must continuously engage in policy development to ensure access, quality, and cost efficiency for the community’s behavioral healthcare needs.

Application for Funding

Online Grant Portal

Grant Awards for FY2023 have been awarded and are listed below.  To learn more about funding opportunities through the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township, please contact Cheryl Potts, Executive Director, at or (708) 358-8855.

FY23 Summary of Funding - please click here to download.

Please click on the link below to:

Funding Guidelines

Please click here for the CMHB Funding Guidelines report.

Resources Community Mental Health Resources & Links

Health Connection Hub (The HUB):

The HUB is a closed-loop referral database that helps connect community members to the behavioral health and other social services that they need. Learn more and search for services by zip code at

Stress and Anxiety Reduction Resources:

Behavioral Health Resource:

  • Riveredge Hospital - the largest free-standing psychiatric hospital in Illinois, offering a continuum of inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services for children, adolescents and adults.

Resource Guides
Behavioral Health Resources
Mental Health and Substance Use Prevention/Intervention
Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities


CMHB Board Meetings and Agendas

Meeting Location:
Community Mental Health Board
1011 Lake Street, Conference Room Suite 213
Oak Park, IL  60301

Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.  Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and the dates are subject to change.

2023 Meeting Agendas

2023 Approved Meeting Minutes

2022 Meeting Agendas

2022 Approved Meeting Minutes

2021 Meeting Agendas

2021 Approved Meeting Minutes

2020 Meeting Agendas

2020 Approved Meeting Minutes