708 Mental Health Board

What is the 708 Mental Health Board?

The Stephenson County 708 Mental Health Board has seven members who are all volunteers from the community. No compensation is received by any member nor per diem expenses. Grant applications are received each year and the Board evaluates the need of each agency and how available dollars will be distributed. Currently nine local agencies receive 708 grants. Meetings are devoted to 708 Board operational matters and agency reports of funded programs. All meetings comply with the Open Meetings Act and the public is invited. This website posts Board members, agencies, the current year’s meeting dates, times, and location, the meeting agenda and the annual budget.

How we were created.

Illinois passed the Community Mental Health Act (CMHA) in 1963. This act gives local governing bodies, which most often are counties, the authority to establish by referendum a 708 Mental Health Board. Stephenson County passed such a referendum in 1967. Levied tax dollars as defined by the CMHA are distributed annually to various county agencies. The levy is $0.005 of assessed property value. These agencies provide services to meet the needs for mental health, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, crisis intervention, maintenance of independent living along with other programs of support to schools, law enforcement, health providers and community groups.



708 Mental Health Board Members

Name Address Contact Term
Martha Furst, President 3446 Daren Dr.
Freeport, IL 61032
mfurst@aeroinc.net
815-238-9391
2024
Casey Jacobs Anthony, Vice President, County Board Representative 1441 South Plum Avenue
Freeport, IL 61032
canthony@stephensoncountyil.gov
815-297-4427
N/A
Anthony V. Coon, Treasurer 10 N. Galena Ave, Suite 210
Freeport, IL 61032
tonycoonlaw@aol.com
815-235-2212
2025
Carrie Helm, Secretary 2667 Marvin Lane
Freeport, IL 61032
chelm329@gmail.com
815-275-7055
2025
Hugh Knapp 1747 W. Parkview Dr.
Freeport, IL 61032
huknapp.hk@gmail.com
815-232-6864
2024
Deb Scott 1433 W. American St
Freeport, IL 61032
marydebra@icloud.com
815-275-9484
2027/2031
Danielle Jackson 533 North Hardin Avenue
Freeport, IL 61032
mick 2995@yahoo.com
815-751-9247
2026/2030
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