From 1971 to 1975, the organization was under the auspices of the Randolph County government and was known as Randolph County Mental Health Services. In 1975, Randolph County Mental Health Services gave way to a new 501 (1) (C) (3) not for profit, the Human Service Center of Southern Metro-East.
Soon after its incorporation, the Human Service Center acquired more government grants to expand services and service locations. Substance abuse services and mental health services were provided in Red Bud, Chester and Sparta. In June 1981, the corporate headquarters were moved from Chester to Red Bud. A comprehensive community based youth service was created to serve the needs of youth and their families. A day service program for people with developmental disabilities and an intensive counseling program were developed at the Red Bud site.
In 1991, the agency’s first group home was established in Sparta to serve people with mental illness. Later, another group home was developed in Chester to serve people with developmental disabilities.
In 1993, at the request of the local circuit court, divorce mediation services were created to help couples experiencing divorce. Later, Children First services were added to help divorcing parents understand how to care for the needs of their children. In 2012, mental health services were expanded to include Washington County, Illinois. In 2014, substance abuse and DUI Services were added at the Okawville location.
At each step along the way of the organization’s growth and development, a volunteer board of directors has provided the guidance needed to become a comprehensive community service provider. Just as in the founding days of the organization, the local area citizens remain the “moral owners” of the organization providing the support needed to remain responsive to community needs.