Reality Illinois Teens Working On Another Southern Will County Tobacco Prevention Initiative

Reality Illinois Teens Working On Another Southern Will County Tobacco Prevention Initiative

These Teens Take Tobacco Prevention to a New Level

JOLIET-The Will County Health Department has enlisted Reality Illinois (RI) teens in another project designed to reduce teen smoking rates in Southern Will County.

Reality Illinois

Reality Illinois

Educate Teens on the Effects of Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke

REALITY Illinois is an anti-tobacco campaign developed by Illinois' teens and funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as part of the Illinois Tobacco-Free Communities Program.



Student Clinical Training Program

Student Clinical Training Program

Training for Interns and Practicum Students

The Clinical Training Program of the Behavioral Health Division of the Will County Health Department is an APPIC (Association of Postdoctoral and Internship Centers) accredited and ACEPT (Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training) member program that trains interns and practicum students from the numerous universities and professional schools in the Chicagoland area and from all other parts of the United States.

In addition to providing direct mental health service delivery, training staff assist with administrative functions, conduct outreach services, and participate in community projects and initiatives, such as Road to Reality and the Chicagoland ACEPT Practicum Fair. Additionally, they attend and participate in health department meetings, staffings, and events. 

The training for students offers applied practice of clinical psychology in a community mental health setting, a school-based mental health program (Youth Experiencing Success in Schools-Y.E.S.S.), the youth and adult crisis programs,and the forensic program.  In addition to direct service delivery and case management, students participate in weekly didactic training along with group and individual supervision. Doctoral candidates and Bachelor and Master level students are prepared for clinical practice and to be future leaders in service delivery, teaching and training. The supervisory training staff is comprised of several licensed psychologists who take a multi-cultural and interdisciplinary approach to service delivery, clinical application, teaching and instruction.

Adult Psychiatry

Adult Psychiatry

Providing Community Based Mental Health Outpatient Services

Adult Psychiatric Services are now handled at the Will County Health Department Community Health Center. Call 815-727-8670.
Vision and Hearing Program

Vision and Hearing Program

Screenings for Children as Well as Adults

Vision and hearing screenings are performed for school age children as well as adults.  The main goal of the vision and hearing program is early detection of vision and hearing problems in children.

 Program Services

  • The Vision and Hearing program has certified technicians that do vision and hearing screenings at schools as well as in preschool settings.
  • Once a month screenings are done in the office by appointment only.

 Vision screenings are not a substitute for a professional examination by an eye doctor. The Will County Health Department does not have an optometrist on staff.

 Fee for Services

  • There is no fee for screenings performed at the Will County Health Department.
  • There is a charge for screenings performed in the schools.

Contact Information:

Hope Cathelyn, Chief Technician
Phone:  815-727-8849 (for questions and information)
Phone:  815-727-8502 (for appointments)

Community Health Center Services

Community Health Center Services

Summary of Services

The Community Health Center offers a broad range of health services to the citizens of Will County. The Center has a 24 hour answering service and bilingual staff and physicians. Fees are based on a sliding scale according to income. Appointments are preferred; walk-ins are accepted based on availability.


As Your Medical Home we can help you manage your total health care, as well as your cultural and language needs.  Our highly trained and compassionate nurses and staff members work closely with our doctors, dentists and managers to provide a quality experience for patients needing services at the center.


Tell us about other health care professionals who care for you.  Keep us informed about your medical history, current medications, ER visits, recent test results to ensure safer care and better health outcomes. 


  • Family Practice / General Medicine- Physical exams, diagnosis, and sick visits are provided to adults as well as children.
  • Text4Baby Program - Get support throughout your pregnancy & your baby's first year with FREE text messages on topics like prenatal care, baby health, parenting and more. Find out more at Text4Baby.
  • Pediatrics - Physical exams, including well baby exams, school exams, sick visits, immunizations, medical diagnosis, and treatment for all illnesses for children.  Download the School Physical information flyer below.
  • Family Planning - Medical exams, pregnancy tests, lab tests, counseling, women's health education, and family planning methods are provided to meet your individual needs. Download the Family Planning Brochure below.
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)- Counseling, testing, treatment, and follow-up care.
  • HIV / AIDS Testing- Available by appointment and walk-in.
  • Women's Services- Prenatal and gynecological care is provided. Prenatal care through delivery is available at any stage of pregnancy. We encourage you to seek care as early in the pregnancy as possible. Gynecological care provides a full range of services including breast exams and cancer screening.
  • Behavioral Health Services- Behavioral Case Management Services include assessment of individuals social service needs, linking them with community res
Dental Care

Dental Care

Specializing in Dentistry for Children 6 Months through 21 years old; Adults on Emergency Basis.

Dental Services are provided to private insurance, Medicaid recipients, low income and non-insured people.  We now accept DentaQuest for Dental Medicaid Managed Care.   Dental services include oral exams, school exams, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, fillings, cleanings, and simple extractions.

Effective March 24, 2014 New Minimum Fees - Per Dental Visit

$50:  Emergency Exam & X-rays or comprehensive/periodic exam & full mouth x-rays

$50:  Teeth cleaning (extra charge for deep cleaning)

$75:  Filling Visits

$100:  Extraction Visits

***Minimum fees are based on proof of income and insurance
*** Payment is expected at time of service
***Payment plans available.
All dental fees are below standard charges in this area.  Minimum fees are requested to provide high quality care to our patients.  No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

Mobile Dental Unit

Provides Dental Services to Schools and Shelters

Will County’s 40-foot mobile dental van features digital x-ray capabilities and two fully-equipped dental chairs. It will enable Will County Community Health Center dental professionals to offer services to clients at schools and community shelters who might not otherwise have access to preventive and restorative dental services.


Health care Program for Children in the Custody of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Will County Health Department is the Lead Agency for Will and Grundy counties for HealthWorks of Illinois. HealthWorks of Illinois is a comprehensive health care program for children under age 21 who are in the custody of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. HealthWorks maintains a network of providers for Initial Health Screenings, Comprehensive Health Examinations, primary care physicians and specialty care physicians

Every child that enters DCFS custody is assigned to a medical case manager (MCM). Foster children age 0-6 receive medical case management services up to age 6. Children over the age of 6 receive medical case management services for the first 45 days of DCFS custody. The MCM assists the foster parent in choosing a primary care physician and ensuring that all the necessary exams are scheduled, including the Comprehensive Health Evaluation. The MCM is responsible to obtain past medical history and forward that to the Primary Care Physician. MCM also maintains regular contact with the foster parent to answer any medical questions and receive an update on any medical visits and forward that to the DCFS/POS case worker.

Foster parents should contact HealthWorks at 1-800-543-4345 when they receive a new foster child.

Contact Information

Contact:  Loy Rosen, RN
Phone:  815-774-7302

All Kids/Family Care Application Assistance

All Kids/Family Care Application Assistance

Health Care Program Assistance for Children and Pregnant Women

All Kids is a free or low cost health care program for children under 19 years of age, pregnant women and their babies. If a child already has insurance, All Kids may help pay for the child's insurance premium.

This low cost insurance program allows for a parent to apply for children who live with them.  Additionally, another relative (grandparent, aunt, sibling, etc.) may apply for children they are caring for in place of the parents.  A teenager who lives on his or her own may apply for him or herself.  Pregnant women of any age may apply and may quality for a temporary medical card (MPE) as well as ongoing coverage.  

FamilyCare has been added to the All Kids program.  FamilyCare allows a parent or other relative caring for children in place of their parents to apply for coverage for themselves.


You must live in Illinois and be either:

  • Under 19 years of age
  • A pregnant woman
  • A parent or other relative who cares  for children in place of their parents

Eligibility is based on family size and income.

Application assistance is provided free of charge by appointment.

Contact Information

For application assistance call the contact the information line at 1-866-ALL-KIDS.


All Kids Healthcare

Programs & Services