Behavioral Health

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The Boone County Health Department is the lead agency of the Boone County Behavioral Health Task Force. The Task Force is a group of cross sector stakeholders dedicated to improving the quality of life of Boone County residents by promoting a lifestyle free from substance use through systematic change, comprehensive case management and increasing access to community resources. 

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance use or other behavioral health issues, please contact the COAR Program Manager at 815-708-4123 or at

*** Taskforce website link coming soon! *** 

Our programs are funded through multiple federal grant opportunities from the Department of Justice and work hand in hand to reduce recidivism and provide access to behavioral health services in Boone County.

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Program (COAR)
Identify and connect individuals and their families to local recovery support services
Implement behavioral health screenings in the Boone County Jail and develop a recovery release plan for inmates who struggle with substance abuse
Narcan distribution to the local community and businesses
Support Outreach Recovery Team (SORT)
Connect with law enforcement to intervene with individuals having contact with law enforcement due to behavioral health concerns
Provide Substance Abuse treatment and assessments in the local jail

Other Services

Narcan Training
Recognizing signs and symptoms of overdose
Harm reduction and overdose prevention
Introduction to local behavioral health programs

Please contact our program manager for information on individual or group trainings.

Family Support Group
Our program is inviting you to participate in a free Family Support Group. This group will allow loved ones of those struggling with addiction to find a safe place of their own to discuss the common concerns of loving someone with an addiction.

When: 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 5pm-6pm
Where: Crown Point, 925 Belvidere Rd. (Corner of 2nd and Belvidere Rd.) Enter in Door B.

To make a referral to any of our programs, please contact our Program Navigator, Colleen Long, at 815-708-4950 or


For any questions about our programs or membership on the Taskforce, please reach out to Program Manager, Jessica Perillo, at 815-708-4123 or

Boone County Health Department and Behavioral Health Taskforce staff on International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31, 2021.
Overdose Awareness Day 08-31-21 (1)

Our Community Law Enforcement Officer, Officer Schwartz, presenting at a Narcan Training.
Narcan training