Vision: Every child in Illinois grows up healthy.

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Children’s Mental Health Initiative Symposium

On September 19, 2019, ILCHF hosted a full day symposium focused on integrating mental healthcare into community based settings. PowerPoint presentations from the symposium are available here.

Children’s Mental Health Initiative Symposium

ILCHF Hosts Children’s Mental Healthy Symposium, Dec. 6, 2018 Stakeholders from dozens of IL communities gathered to discuss lessons learned from 8-year, $12 million CMHI project. Podcast and searchable written transcripts from the symposium are available here.

Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation
Accomplishments and Lessons Learned:

Children’s Mental Health Initiative, Building Systems of Care,
Community by Community

Since 2004

$81.15 Million Awarded

  • Oral Health 33 million

  • Mental Health 37 million

  • Other 11 million

499 Grants Awarded

  • 184 Oral Health Grants

  • 174 Mental Health Grants

  • 141 Other Grants

ILCHF is the only private Illinois foundation that funds children’s healthcare statewide.

ILCHF Grants Touch All 102 Illinois Counties

We work collaboratively with organizations to improve community-based systems of care that treat children holistically and focus on prevention, wellness and education. We partner with grantees to increase children’s access to mental and oral health services.

Quite simply we want to ensure that kids get the care they need, when they need it – regardless of where they live or what insurance card, if any, they carry.
Jim Ryan, Former Illinois Attorney General


For Immediate Release: December 18, 2020 Media Contact: DeRondal Bevly Email:  Program Contact: Amy Starin Email:   Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation Invests $4.25 Million in Children’s Mental Health Five Communities to Build Mental Health Systems of Care (Oak Brook, IL) – December 18, 2020 – Building upon two successful cycles of its Children’s Mental Health Initiatives (CMHI 1.0 and CMHI 2.0), the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) announces a new round of nearly $4.25 million dollars to five organizations
For Immediate Release: October 28, 2020 Media Contact: DeRondal Bevly Email:  Program Contact: Amy Starin Email:   Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation Announces New Statewide Mental Health Investments New Round of Grantmaking Provides $2.5 Million in Funding for 23 SASS Providers (Oak Brook, IL) – October 28, 2020 – COVID-19 has increased mental health needs for children and families across the State. Simultaneously, the pandemic has damaged mental health providers, including significant damage to Screening, Assessment, and Support Services (SASS)
36 Illinois Health Centers Receive $3 Million in COVID-19 Grants Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation partners with Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation in Combined Oral Health Relief Effort Oak Brook, Ill. (October 1, 2020) – Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF), in partnership with the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation (DDIF), awarded $3 million in grants to 36 Illinois Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and other public health clinics that deliver vital oral health care services. The Foundations developed the grant opportunity

Open RFPs

Teacher Child Interaction Training – Universal (TCIT-U) RFP Proposals due on February 28, 2020.

This RFP invites proposals to initiate a second round of Teacher-Child Interaction Training-Universal (TCIT-U) in Illinois.  In April 2020, an Illinois public school district ($20,000 grant) or two adjacent districts ($30,000 grant) will be selected to implement TCIT-U beginning in summer 2020. Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) is partnering with Learn Ventures, LLC to strengthen teachers' positive impact on the social-emotional and behavioral learning of young children in their classrooms.  Toward this end, ILCHF will support three Illinois public school implementations of TCIT-U, a manualized, train-the-trainer, professional development model for teachers designed to improve both children's behavioral outcomes (pre-K through second grade) and teacher's skills and confidence in interacting with children.
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Recent Publications

Mental Health Initiative Project Findings

CMHI 1.0 was an eight-year, $12 million initiative that awarded grants to four communities to bring together schools, medical, and community health organization to establish a sustainable children’s mental health system of care. The report was released today at a day-long conference intended to pass along initiative successes and challenges to stakeholders from across the state, including mental health, medical and school professional.

Executive Summary

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Influencing the Dental Workforce in Illinois: A Case Study of the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation

Influencing the Dental Workforce in Illinois: A Case Study of the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation

ILCHF partnered with Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine and University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry to implement the Pipeline Project. This Study conducted by researchers at Loyola University at Chicago Center for Urban Research and Learning captures key learnings related to dental workforce development strategies.  The eight-year study involved relevant constituents, i.e., students, alumni, faculty, deans, admissions committees and extramural site

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Oral Health in Illinois

October 2016

This assessment provides a foundation for understanding and strengthening the oral health infra- structure in Illinois. The assessment indicates numerous opportunities to move the system forward. (Full Report)

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