We are concerned about your wellness and safety as well as your academic success. Counselors can refer you to community agencies that can assist you with personal concerns.
County health departments develop and administer programs and services that are aimed at maintaining a healthy community. The health department works with other community organizations to assure that needed services and programs are available.
CEAD Council is a community based, not-for-profit corporation offering services to address chemical abuse, dependency and other therapeutic needs. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for behavioral health promotion and substance abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment through an ongoing process of needs assessment, remediation implementation and systematic evaluation of accomplishments. CEAD Council has treatment facilities in Mattoon, Charleston, Lerna and Shelbyville.
HOUR HOUSE/MAIN FACILITY
635 Division St., PO Box 532
Charleston, IL 61920
LifeLinks’ mission is to design and deliver an array of high quality, cost effective, outpatient behavioral health services oriented toward consumer recovery and responsive to the needs of the consumers, their families and the community. Services include, but are not limited to, counseling and psychiatric services.
750 Broadway Ave. East
Mattoon, IL 61938
Douglas County Mental Health’s mission is to provide quality services in a comfortable, empathetic environment to people suffering from a mental illness or emotional disturbance, and to return them to a higher quality of life. A variety of services are offered for children, adolescents and adults.
114 West Halton
Tuscola, IL 61953
Heartland Human Services focuses on the individual and customize treatment plans based on each individual’s needs. They offer a variety of community-based programs and services in the following program areas: mental health, addiction treatment, family counseling, older adults, and crisis intervention.
1200 North Fourth Street
Effingham, IL 62401
Shelby County Community Services (SCCS) aims to provide and promote mental health and rehabilitation programs for the residents of Shelby County. SCCS is dedicated to securing for those citizens who are developmentally, emotionally, or culturally disadvantaged, the opportunity to realize their goals of where and how they may learn, live, work, reside, and play.
101 East North 12th Street
Shelbyville, IL 62565
CEFS is a not-for-profit Community Action Agency incorporated in 1965 to help people achieve their full individual and economic potential. CEFS serves the counties of Christian, Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Montgomery, Moultrie, and Shelby by developing, implementing, and evaluating social service programs to assist economically and socially disadvantaged people in their quest for greater self-sufficiency.
ERBA is a Community Action Agency organized to administer grants and other programming for the target population of low-income citizens of all ages. ERBA serves the following counties: Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Jasper, Lawrence, and Richland, and maintains ten staffed Outreach Offices in the nine counties it serves. Staff members at the local offices are trained in basic information and referral to assist with problems relative to social services. Information on programs offered by ERBA as well as other Social Service Agencies and Organizations are available to the individual in need of assistance; this serves to provide the individual with the best possible resource guide.
Catholic Charities maintains a substantial presence in ten communities throughout the twenty-eight counties of central Illinois by providing a variety of social services, including food pantries and nutrition assistance, legal help, crisis intervention, family services, counseling solutions, and elderly aide.
SAIL is a community-based, non-residential Center for Independent Living (CIL). Its purpose is to promote and practice independent living for all people with disabilities and strives to encourage and assist people with disabilities to gain effective control of their lives by participation in all aspects of society to their fullest extent possible, especially in performing routine daily activities. SAIL promotes personal dignity of people with disabilities and develops community awareness by providing training, direct services and information.
CCAR Industries’s mission is to provide community-based services and supports that enhance the quality of life of East Central Illinois citizens with developmental disabilities and/or other functional limitations throughout their lifespan. Services include early intervention, developmental training, vocational services, client and family support, and 24 hour residential services.
1530 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
The Salvation Army is a religious, charitable and social service agency serving millions of men, women and children around the world since 1865. The Salvation Army of Coles and Cumberland Counties houses several Salvation Army programs – the After School Drop in Center, Summer Feed Programs, Winter Assistance, Social Services, Food Pantry, Adult Enrichment, Sports/recreation, Character building, and more. These services are available to residents of Coles and Cumberland counties.
1300 Richmond Avenue
Mattoon, IL 61938
SACIS provides crisis and on-going services to victims of sexual violence. Counseling services are also available to the victims’ significant other. Services are free and confidential and include individual and group counseling, medical and criminal justice advocacy, information and referral, institutional advocacy, public education and professional training.
1505 18th Street, Suite 2
Charleston, IL 61920
SAFE provides confidential services for survivors of sexual violence, their families and friends. SAFE assists with healing by creating a support system for victims and their families consisting of medical and legal advocacy, counseling and education. They also provide free educational programs for schools and civic groups as well as professional training.
HOPE’s mission is to empower persons to live independent, non-violent lives through the provisions of Housing, Outreach, Prevention, and Education. HOPE maintains two housing programs: the domestic violence emergency shelter and ten transitional housing through local apartments. They also offer a host of programs aimed at decreasing violence in our community, ranging from outreach educational efforts in the local schools to referrals and counseling designed to empower victims to lead self-sufficient, safe, and successful lives. HOPE of East Central Illinois serves Coles, Clark, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie, and Shelby counties. All services provided by HOPE of East Central Illinois are free and confidential.
1927 18th Street
Charleston, IL 61920
Crisis Pregnancy Centers offer pregnancy testing and ultrasounds, verification for WIC and Medicaid, education and information, counseling and support, and referrals for other community services. All are free of any charge. All medical services are provided by licensed medical personnel. All other services are provided by trained client advocates.
Crisis Nursery of Effingham County provides protection from and prevention of childhood trauma, abuse and neglect through 24 hour emergency shelter care to children birth through six. Crisis Nursery offers a unique and nurturing space equipped with safe hands and open hearts to all children and families in need.
924 North Merchant St.
Effingham, IL 62401
Child Care Resources and Referral (CCR&R) is provided through the Eastern Illinois University School of Family and Consumer Sciences. CCR&R offers referrals of child care providers to parents and families and assists families in paying for child care. Parents can search for child care in local counties and throughout the state of Illinois.
The Illinois Safe Haven Law offers a safe, legal option to unsafe infant abandonment. An unharmed newborn up to 30 days old may be safely relinquished to staff at hospitals, police or staffed fire stations, or emergency care facilities, no questions asked.
The Eastern Illinois Foodbank is the primary food source for food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and other programs working to feed the hungry. The Foodbank also offers events such as foodmobiles (mobile food pantries) and pop-up pantries for veterans. The Eastern Illinois Foodbank serves 17 eastern Illinois counties, including Champaign, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, Jasper, Livingston, McLean, Moultrie, Piatt and Vermilion. The Foodbank provides comprehensive lists of food pantry locations by county on their website.
The Central Illinois Foodbank is the primary food source for food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and other programs working to feed the hungry. The Central Illinois Foodbank serves 21 central Illinois counties, including Adams, Bond, Brown, Cass, Christian, Effingham, Fayette, Greene, Jefferson, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Marion, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott and Shelby. The Foodbank provides comprehensive lists of food pantry locations by county on their website.
Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center offers a Community Online Resource Directory (CORD) that is even more comprehensive than the list provided here. CORD allows users to search for agencies and programs by county, category, agency, or by keywords. Counties included are Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Jasper, Moultrie and Shelby.