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Board of Mental Health Commissioners - RG 306 | Illinois State Archives

Name: Board of Mental Health Commissioners - RG 306
Variant Name: Board of Public Welfare Commissioners


Historical Note:

The Board of Public Welfare Commissioners was created in 1917 to serve as an independent advisory board to both the Governor and the Department of Public Welfare (L. 1917, p. 26). The Civil Administrative Code further empowered the board to study the entire public welfare field and to publish statistics annually on mental health and crime. The board also investigated and reported upon the policies of the department and the institutions under its jurisdiction as well as surveying conditions at all charitable, penal, and reform institutions in the state.

With the creation of the Department of Public Safety in 1941 the board also acquired investigative authority over institutions under the Department of Public Safety's control (L. 1941, vol. 1, p. 1214). When the Department of Mental Health assumed the duties of the Department of Public Welfare in 1961 the board's name changed to the Board of Mental Health Commissioners (L. 1961, p. 2659). The board was abolished in 1975 when its responsibilities were transferred to the newly created Commission on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (P.A. 79-377, p. 1394).

See also BOARD OF ADMINISTRATION, RG 351.000.






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