mental health resources

Access a list of various mental health resources and hotlines available across the state of Illinois.

Illinois Behavioral Health Workforce Education Center Task Force Report (PDF)

The task force report was sent to the Illinois General Assembly regarding the Illinois behavioral health workforce crisis and recommended solutions to grow, recruit and retain a qualified, modern, diverse, and evolving behavioral health workforce: Response to House Bill 5111 (PA 100-0767)

Bhwc brochure (PDF)

Certified recovery support specialist

A Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) is a professional with lived experiences with mental health and/or substance use challenges, who have been trained and certified to help others as they move forward in their own recovery. Learn how to become a Certified Recovery Support Specialist below.

CADC Workforce Expansion

The Illinois Certification Board (ICB) and the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR) are pleased to share the launch of the CADC Workforce Expansion Program.

This initiative is a new workforce incentive program for certified alcohol and other drug counselors (CADCs) in Illinois. Under this program, individuals in an ICB Accredited Training Program (ATP) wishing to enter the substance use services field in Illinois can receive tuition payments, scholarships, internship stipends, and certification-related payments to obtain their CADC credential.

2023 Illinois Behavioral Health Workforce Data

View the dashboard to see data gathered showing the current availability of behavioral healthcare providers of different types in different regions across the state.

Funding Opportunities

The BHWC often provides the opportunity to apply to different grant and training funding opportunities. Check back often to see what kind of funding support is available.

N.A.P.S. job Board

The National Association of Peer Support Professionals (N.A.P.S.) recently launched a new job board for peer support professionals seeking employment and employers seeking to hire peer support professionals across the United States.