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McNeill award-winning DePaul Family and Community Services (FCS) is located on the university's Lincoln Park campus in Chicago. DePaul FCS provides mental health services to children, adolescents (up to age 17) and their families who live in the Lincoln Park, Near North and Loop neighborhoods of Chicago.

The programs of DePaul FCS are jointly funded by DePaul University and the Illinois Department of Human Services.

McNeill Memorial Award

DePaul Family and Community Services received the Harry V. McNeill Memorial Award for Innovative Community Mental Health in 2005. The McNeill Award is given to one program in the nation once every two years by the American Psychological Association's Division 27 (Society for Community Research and Action) in conjunction with the American Psychological Foundation.

This national award cited "the trustees were impressed by the fine work of the Center. The organization stands as a wonderful model for community development and action." DePaul FCS was compared with other organization on three criteria:

  1. Development of innovative practice in community mental health
  2. Evidence of stimulating participation in local community activities
  3. Transfer of expertise to the community