AID invites Elgin Township residents to fundraiser for 708 Board referendum

The Association for Individual Development and other Elgin-area non-profits will host a fundraiser to support the mental health referendum from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Nick's Pizza and Pub, 990 S. Randall Road in Elgin. Dinner is $30. Sponsorship levels are: $1,000 for Gold, $500 for Silver and $250 for Bronze.

On March 17, Elgin Township voters will see a referendum question on their ballot: “Shall Elgin Township establish and maintain community mental health facilities and services including facilities and services for the person with a developmental disability or a substance use disorder and levy therefore an annual tax of not to exceed 0.15%?”

Should the referendum pass, a 708 Board will be established. This will result in a 7-member volunteer board being appointed by the township supervisor. The purpose of this board is to respond to the local mental health, substance use disorder, and developmental disability needs of their constituents.

Some of the services that are funded by 708 Boards include: mental health services in schools, substance use prevention services for young people, in-home mental health support for seniors, mental health services for domestic violence survivors, co-response crisis services in conjunction with law enforcement, in home therapy for youth with autism and many others.

To learn more about the Elgin Township 708 Board Referendum, visit

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