The Community and Children’s Resource Board
of St. Charles County was created by the St. Charles County Council
in 1997 by County Ordinance 97-152. This Board replaced the St.
Charles County Community Mental Health Board of Trustees and began
meeting in June of 1998. Board members are appointed by the County
Executive and approved by the St. Charles County Council. Members
serve three-year terms, but may be re-appointed. All members must
be St. Charles County residents and registered voters in the County.
No Board member or staff may be an employee, board member or volunteer
of any agency or organization receiving financial assistance from
the Resource Board.
It was through the Resource Board and several
local mental health agencies, including the Crider
Center for Mental Health
, and Family
Advocacy and Community Training
that St. Charles County applied
for a federal grant from the Centers for Mental Health Services
in Washington DC. In October of 1998, St. Charles County was awarded
a 6-year, $7.1 million grant to serve children with a serious emotional
disorder and their families, adding on an additional $1.5 million
for a seventh year later. This program is called Partnership
. The Resource Board was responsible for overseeing
the entire grant, including all financial aspects, clinical work
and research. The federal grant ceased in the fall 2005, but funding
for the continuation of this model project was made available through
the passage of Proposition 1 (November 2004), which created a Children’s
Community Services Fund, realized from County sales tax revenues.
In October 2006, the Children and Family Services
Authority was renamed the Community and Children’s Resource
Board, or CCRB.
In addition to its responsibilities of administering
funds from the Children’s Community Services Fund, the CCRB
also oversees local funding for the Children’s
Trust Fund license plate program. The CCRB awards funds to local
agencies for child abuse and neglect prevention programs each year.