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 ● 1510 West Ottawa RoadP.O. Box 162Paxton, Illinois 60957

phone: 217.379.4302 fax: 217.379.4304 email: questions@4crcc.org

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In October of 1966, Dr. John T. Wood, then Medical Director of the Champaign County Mental Health Clinic, spoke to the Lions Club in Paxton regarding mental health needs in Ford County. A steering committee was formed and numerous informational meetings were held over the next few months to discuss the need for a mental health association in Ford County.

A nominating committee was selected on March 30, 1967. The committee consisted of seven persons representing the seven major areas of the county - Gibson City, Paxton, Melvin, Sibley, Roberts, Piper City, and Kempton/ Cabery. A Board of Directors was elected and the group voted to affiliate with the Illinois Association for Mental Health. The Ford County Mental Health Association was chartered on May 11, 1967 by the Illinois Association for Mental Health.

Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Illinois Secretary of State's office in June of 1975, officially changing the name of the agency to Community Resource & Counseling Center, Inc. The agency was formed as a not-for-profit corporation to operate a resource and counseling center, to provide and/or secure comprehensive social services, including mental health resources, to persons residing in Ford County and neighboring communities. Officers of the corporation were elected and installed and an executive director was hired to handle the day-to-day operations of the agency.

The Ford County Mental Health Association began in a house and, over the years, has moved to accommodate the growing needs of the community it serves. CRCC moved to its current location in 1997 and is housed in a 6,000 square foot building located on Route 9 in Paxton.

The number of staff members has increased over the years to a current staff of 21. Staff members include the Executive Director, Clinical Supervisor, Program Director, Business Administrator, 10 therapists, two case managers, a psychiatric nurse, and office staff. In addition, a psychiatrist, specializing in child psychiatry, currently sub-contracts his services to CRCC. This psychiatrist sees adults, adolescents, and children alike, and makes it possible for consumers to receive needed services without traveling out of county.

With all the changes the agency has made over the years, the mission has stayed the same. Promoting behavioral health by providing an array of services in Ford County and the surrounding area is still the focus of CRCC today.