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About Us

Mental Health Centers of Western Illinois Board of Directors:

Tom Hartzell- Board President 

Bill Hollis- Vice President

Sandra Prather- Treasurer

Rebecca Wydell- Secretary

John Dittmer

Jerry Edison

Jeff Gerard

Chris Little

Caitlin Hobson

In providing for the needs of a total comprehensive mental health facility, the board assures that a broad array of effective and efficient mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse service options are available and accessible to all of the citizens of the area counties. In planning for the future, Board actions are directed toward improving service options thereby enhancing the quality of life of citizens in this country. The board has fundamental values that guide its actions: 

  • To conduct the business of the Board with integrity, with social responsibility, and in the best interest of the citizens and taxpayers of local counties. 

  • To promote a full array of coordinated mental health service options based on an assessment of needs in order to make a positive difference in the mental health of residents of area counties

  • To provide leadership or a coordinated health system with ongoing communications among providers, advocates, recipients, citizens, boards, and funders. 

  • To expend funds to purchase necessary, effective, and cost-efficient equipment and supplies. 

Mission Statement

Mental Health Centers of Western Illinois has been organized to effectively
and efficiently serve the behavioral healthcare needs of small and rural
communities in Western Illinois.

CARF Accreditation


In December of 2022, CARF International announced that Mental Health Centers of Western Illinois ad been accredited for a period of three years for its following programs: 

  • Community Housing: Mental Health (Adults)

  • Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Adults)

  • Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Children and Adolescents)

  • Outpatient Treatment: Substance Use Disorders/Addictions (Adults)

  • Outpatient Treatment: Substance Use Disorders/Addictions (Children and Adolescents)

  • Community Integration

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization's substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer-review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable. 

This accreditation will extend through November 2025. 

What is CARF?


CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body established consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. 

For additional information, please contact Katie Wilson, Executive Director, at 217-773-3325. 

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