Rosecrance 1801 Fox Drive Champaign IL 61820 217-398-8080



Rosecrance is a multifaceted, important cornerstone of the Champaign-Urbana area. As their mission and vision statement explains:

Mission: Rosecrance provides help, hope and recovery to children, youth, adults and families.

Vision: Rosecrance will offer the best opportunity for lasting recovery.

They operate a dozen-plus properties in the area for services as well as supportive housing, in addition to working closely with the hospitals and other health care and social services. 


Rosecrance provides a variety of prevention, intervention, and mental health services, including:

  • counseling and therapy, psychiatric care, medical assistance, and crisis prevention for youth and adults suffering from behavioral problems, mental illness, and/or trauma
  • housing assistance for homeless youth and adults
  • assistance for youth in the foster care system
  • assistance for youth in the juvenile justice system

Special programs also exist for families as well as pregnant teens and adults. These services include the following:

  • Healthy Young Families: This program offers free home-visiting services and teen support groups for first-time teen moms age 18 or younger. Visits are intended to begin while the mother is pregnant or before the baby turns 6 months old.
  • Healthy Families: The program is similar to the one above, except participants are over age 18. Women must be expecting their first child or have a child less than two weeks old. 
  • Prevention InitiativeThis program provides free home-visiting services, educational/support groups, and community events for English or Spanish speaking parents of any age. Children must be under age 3.
  • Fatherhood Initiative: Part of the Prevention Initiative program, the Fatherhood Initiative provides services for fathers of any age who are the significant male caregiver for a child. Children must be under age 3.
  • Parenting with Love and Limits®: This program provides multi-family group therapy and family therapy sessions for youth who are involved with the juvenile justice system and/or are having behavioral concerns at home, school or in the community.  
  • Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS)SPARCS is a 16 week, evidenced-informed group for adolescents ages 12-17 who have a history of trauma and are currently dealing with the impact of trauma and chronic stress.  Services are provided in area schools and are currently supported by grant funding.


Largely taken from the Community Elements website, with technology history added based on personal interviews.

1956: The Champaign County Mental Health Clinic opens its doors as a program of the Champaign County Mental Health Society. The clinic is operated by the society through 1966, when it changes its name to the Champaign County Association for Mental Health and splits off from the Mental Health Center.

1968: The Champaign County Mental Health Center incorporates on July 22, 1968.

1976: Mental Health Center operates in Mercy Hospital (Two West) and then later moves to the St. Mary’s School Building where it remains until 1993.

1982: Services expand to Champaign County Correctional Center. Twenty-four hour crisis services to the county begin.

1984: The Center establishes a group home in Champaign to house up to eight seriously mentally ill adults. Parents Too Soon funding received.

1987: Purchases three computers for use by the accountant, the administrative assistant to the director, and the centralized data entry staff member. The majority of written work is completed by typewriter.

1990: The Center purchases an eight-unit, one-bedroom apartment complex in Urbana to house homeless mentally ill on a transitional basis.

1994: COMPEER volunteer program is formed for support to adults with psychiatric disabilities in conjunction with Champaign County Mental Health Association. The Mental Health Center and United Way is awarded AmericCorps/CHART grant to plan services for the homeless mentally ill. HUD funds an 18-unit permanent housing complex in Urbana for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Emergency Psychiatric Respite Center is funded and opened in April 1994. Two new facilities are identified and funded with bonds.

1995: The Mental Health Center Counseling and Personal Development service is initiated, incorporating Counseling Institute. Facilities move to new locations at 1801 Fox Drive and 205 West Park Avenue, Champaign.

Advent of the MIS Department to meet technology needs.

1996: Mental Health Center sponsors Homestead Apartments to the homeless and continues efforts to expand residential services.

1997: Mental Health Center incorporates the Men’s Emergency Shelter (future TIMES Center) and the Volunteer Center of East Central Illinois into its structure. First accreditation by Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. A building is purchased on State Street to house Keystone, a consumer-run resource center. Purchases a home in Urbana as a supportive group home for women.

1998: Volunteer Center of East Central Illinois is hosted by the Mental Health Center. Homestead Apartments are opened for occupancy. Property for TIMES Center is donated. TIMES Center is developed as the replacement facility for the Men’s Emergency Shelter. Compeer program is expanded to serve youth. Healthy Families program begins. The Housing Authority purchases 205 West Park and the Mental Health Center purchases the Champaign National Bank Building as a replacement. The Workforce Preparation Center is also housed in this new building.

1999: Affiliation with Provena Covenant Medical Center effective January 1st. Groundbreaking for new facility for TIMES Center at Washington and Market Streets.

2000: Opening of TIMES Center, including Emergency Psychiatric Respite Center. Resurveyed by JCAHO, attaining score of 98.

2001: Property purchased in Rantoul for a HUD-funded, 18-unit permanent housing complex for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Office opened in Rantoul for case management, counseling and psychiatric services. Compeer Volunteer and Match honored by Compeer International for a National Award.

2002: School-based services in Champaign Alternative Schools begin.

2003: Expands outpatient counseling and psychiatric services to Vermilion County through work with Provena United Samaritans Medical Center and expansion of System of Care Services with DCFS. Assumes responsibility for Roundhouse Shelter from Children’s Home and Aid Society. Opens the Village Apartments in Rantoul.

2004: TIMES Center loses emergency designation funding due to state legislature changes. Name changed from “Transitional Initiatives and Men’s Emergency Services” to “Transitional Initiatives and Men’s Empowerment Services.” Partners with Best Interest of Children to expand Family Conference programs. Expands behavioral health services through partnerships with Christie Clinic and School Based Health Clinic in Urbana.

2005: Restructures organization to focus on Champaign County core services. Ends affiliation with Provena Health Central Illinois Region effective January 1st. Vermilion County services are transferred to existing agencies. Expands Prevention services.

2010: Changes name from Mental Health Center of Champaign County to Community Elements to more accurately reflect the diversity of services and the degree to which the organization is involved in the community.

2016: Community Elements merges into Rosecrance.

This CU wiki entry began as a UIUC research project.  For more on that see Study of UC2B Anchor Institutions' Technology Use




Rosecrance is a private not-for-profit organization offering behavioral health services for children, adolescents, adults and families throughout the country. With more than 40 locations in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa, Rosecrance offers comprehensive addiction services for adolescents and adults, including prevention, intervention, detoxification, inpatient and outpatient treatment, experiential therapies, dual-diagnosis care and family education.

Rosecrance also offers high-quality, efficient and effective outpatient mental health services for children, adults and families through a variety of programs. Rosecrance serves more than 22,000 families each year.