What We Do

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Mental Health America of Illinois (MHAI), a leading non-profit, statewide organization, has worked to promote mental health,prevent mental disease and improve the care and treatment of those suffering from mental and emotional disorders. 

Since 1909, MHAI has been at the forefront of educational and advocacy efforts to improve access to high-quality, affordable treatment for millions afflicted with mental illness and to eliminate the stigma that exists about mental health disorders. Continued cuts in state and federal funding of resources and treatment for mental illness makes MHAI work more important than ever. MHAI continues to find innovative approaches to ensure mental health services are available in our communities. Our three primary goals are to educate, to advocate, and to serve. 

MHAI is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. We are staffed entirely by teams of dedicated volunteers.

Public Policy and Advocacy

MHAI continues to expand its public policy and advocacy at the state level. MHAI co-founded and chairs the Mental Health Summit, a coalition of providers, advocates, legislators, and consumers dedicated to increasing access to high-quality resources for persons with mental illnesses in Illinois.

MHAI’s current advocacy efforts are focused primarily on reducing the number of persons with mental illnesses in prisons and jails and on ensuring that the Affordable Care Act is implemented in Illinois in a manner which maximizes the quality and quantity of mental health services available in our state. 

The Mental Health Summit

MHAI co-founded and currently Chairs the Mental Health Summit (MHS), an advocacy coalition dedicated to improving the mental health system of care in Illinois. MHS develops and supports policy positions as needed in partnership with legislators, state agencies and other not-for-profit advocacy groups to increase resources for persons with mental illnesses in Illinois.

National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) Outreach Partnership Program

The Outreach Partnership Program is a nationwide initiative of the National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison (OCRPL). The program works to increase the public’s access to science-based mental health information through partnerships with national and state nonprofit organizations.

The program has a particular emphasis on reaching historically under-served populations. It also strives to enhance opportunities for the public to benefit from participation in research. These partnerships provide NIMH with the opportunity to engage community organizations in dialogue to better understand the needs, questions, and concerns of those intended to benefit from the research the Institute supports.


Your support will help us keep these programs strong. To make a tax-deductible donation by mail, please write to us at:

Mental Health America of Illinois
1103 Westgate Suite 302
Oak Park, IL 60301
(312) 968-9070

You may also make your donation online by clicking the button below.