Brain Injury Association of Illinois

The Brain Injury Association of Illinois is a statewide membership organization comprised of people with brain injuries, family members, friends, and professionals.  BIA of IL is part of a network of brain injury associations across the country and is an affiliate of the National Brain Injury Association.  They work to assist in developing communication channels between families and professionals in a way that improves relationships and cooperation, enhances teamwork, and helps decrease potential issues that may arise.  They are dedicated to providing information, resources, advocacy, and support to people with brain injuries and their families.  They provide educational programs and an annual conference, host therapeutic recreational camps for children and adults with brain injury, offer statewide support groups, and participate in legislative advocacy.

Phone: (312) 726-5699  |  Address: P.O. Box 64420, Chicago, IL 60664-0420  |  Email: info@bial.org  |  biail.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Illinois (NAMI Illinois)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Illinois is affiliated with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and has 23 local affiliates throughout Illinois.  Their members include individuals living with mental illness, family members, friends, and professionals.  Its purpose is to help improve the lives of people affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy.  NAMI Illinois has a variety of education and support programs directed to individuals living with mental illness, family members, friends, professionals, other stake holders, and the community at large to address the mental health needs of Illinois.  They work to inform the public about mental illness by distributing information about mental illness through every means of communication.

HelpLine: (217) 522-1403  |  Address: 218 West Lawrence, Springfield, IL 62704  |  namiillinois.org

Resources for All Ages

Please contact the Illinois Respite Coalition at 866.455.7377 ext 101 or ext 103 for Spanish speakers for more information about resources in your area.


Service Provider IDendification and Eploration Resource (SPIDER) is on anline resource to help people in Illinois locate programs ranging from counseling, job training, financial assistance and more. 

Click here for the link. 

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 by phone or chat.


Click here for chat. 

Statewide Information and Referral Across the Lifespan

The Illinois Respite Coalition (IRC) provides information and referral services for individuals across the lifespan throughout the state of Illinois. We are dedicated to matching your loved one with services in their area based on eligibility requirements. Do not hesitate to call or email us in order to find respite that meets your needs. 

Illinois Respite Coalition Respite Guide

The IRC created a PDF respite guide overview that includes resources that families, caregivers and individuals of all ages and abilities can use in order to locate additional resources that are available to them. Click here in order to access the PDF and begin to find resources that meet your needs. If you have specific questions or would like to talk more in-depth with someone, feel free to call the Illinois Respite Coalition in order to receive additional information and referral services.

Phone: (866) 455-7377 ext.101  |  Address: 555 Skokie Blvd, Ste 500, Northbrook, IL 60062  |  Email: ilrespitecoalition@gmail.com