Community Outreach

Raising Awareness About Services, Resources, and Preventative Education

The goal of the Community Outreach program is to enlighten, educate and promote The Council as the premier Behavioral Health Treatment Facility in our surrounding communities. We are striving to build The Council’s brand, solidify the current structure and expand The Council so we can reach and heal more people in our communities.  
Community Outreach continues to develop relationships with community representatives to ensure awareness of The Council to all residents in the Chicago Southland and Northwest Indiana. These efforts will allow for an easier and a more streamlined recovery process for clients. Community outreach efforts have expanded to local and statewide agencies to improve our continuum of care approach. Meetings with elected officials, townships, hospitals, schools, police, fire and other partnering organizations are being done on a weekly basis to improve the overall success of our clients and our communities. This is most notably evidenced by the significant increase in linkage agreements.  
Community outreach receives monetary donations, in-kind donations, and sponsorships yearly to help meet the needs of the clients we serve. We attend community fairs, health and wellness fairs and resource fairs to further help with expanding our brand and our services to the Chicago Southland and Northwest Indiana communities.  

Linkage Agreements

A nonbinding agreement that connects two or more organizations and articulates a mutual understanding of how the participating jurisdictions will work together to facilitate connected services.

Volunteer Program

The primary role of a Council volunteer is to share the message of hope and recovery with the patients in treatment while maintaining confidentiality at all times. Other volunteer responsibilities include sharing your “story” with the patients, reassuring them that entering treatment is a step in the right direction, listening to a patient in detox, and comforting a “1st” timer.
  • To be accepted as a volunteer an individual must agree to the following: 
    • Attend the Council Volunteer Orientation Program 
    • Submit a Drug Test 
    • Complete a 2-step TB Test  
If you are interested in volunteering please submit a letter of interest to Community Relations Specialist  Lori Dill ,, Fax to: 708-589-1317, Mail to: The Council, Attn: Community Relations, 1909 Cheker Square, East Hazel Crest, IL 60429