At its Dec. 12 meeting, City Council approved the recommendation of the Mental Health Board to allocate $767,055 in funding to 19 different agencies or 24 individual programs in 2017. The MHB makes recommendations regarding the use of City funds to social services for programs that address priority needs of Evanston residents, particularly at-risk residents. The Human Services Committee previously approved the allocations.

The MHB defined three priority areas for funding in 2017, for programs and services to:
• Address and reduce youth violence
• Address mental health needs and substance abuse of our residents with emphasis on youth and young adults
• Enable challenged adults to meet basic human needs including food, shelter, and access to health care.
Few agencies and programs received the full amount requested from the Mental Health Board, and three received no funding from the City. The allocations recommended by MHB and recommended by HSC, see sidebar.

MHB Funding Allocations

Center for Independent Futures – $7,500Child Care Center – Child Care Center of Evanston -$10,000 Child Care Center – Family Child Care Connections – $18,500CNE – Early Childhood Education and Family Support – $65,000 CNE – Learning Together – $35,000Connections for the Homeless – Entry Point  $45,000Family Focus, Inc. – Afterschool Program $35,000Housing Options for the Mentally Ill – Clinical Services – $60,000IWS – Teen Baby Nursery -$65,000LAF – Evanston Legal Services – $8,500Meals at Home – $8,000Met. Family Services – Family Support & Prevention – $70,000 North Shore Senior Center – Social Services for Seniors – $30,000 Northwest CASA – Sexual Assault Intervention Program – $18,000 PEER – Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment – $14,000PEER – Adult Substance Abuse Treatment – $30,000 PEER – DIMENSIONS – Dual Diagnosis Treatment – $40,000PEER – Youth Early Intervention –  $14,000Reba Early Learning Center – $7,500Shore Community Services – Lois     Lloyd Center – $17,000 Shore Community Services, Inc. – Residential Services – $20,000 James B. Moran Center – Youth Advocacy – $41,000Trilogy – Evanston Mental Health – $30,000Y.O.U. – Youth and Family Services – $78,055