Cross Over Ministries

Serving Montgomery County, Illinois


Who Are We?

Cross Over Ministries is a Christ-centered community committed to cultivating mental health opportunities through Hope, Opportunity, Mercy, and Encouragement.

Awareness, Education, Wellness, Exercise

Suicide Awareness Month Events

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. There are several events planned in Montgomery County and elsewhere that many can participate in to promote hope and actively support suicide prevention.

Week of September 6—11, 2020

Wear your suicide awareness/mental health t-shirts this week. Take a picture and hash tag it #suicidehurts . Share it with as many people as you can and ask them to share it too. Do one or several of these things this week:
° Random Acts of Kindness, especially to someone who you know needs a friend
° Send someone a card to show you care
° Walk or run in honor of someone you know affected by suicide and share who you are walking or running for
° Put these numbers in your phone and share them with 5 other people
   • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline—800-273-8255, Text “Home” to 741-741
   • Illinois WarmLine—866-359-7953
   • YouthLine—877-968-8491, Text teen2teen at 839863
° Take the pledge to be “STIGMAFREE” and share with others that you promote suicide prevention and mental health

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Employment Opportunity for people in recovery from a mental health condition or substance use disorder who have a desire to support others in their wellness journey

Training for Recovery Support Peers Program

September 28 & 29, 2020

Cross Over Ministries is now taking applications through September 15th for a new mental health training program that will eventually lead to employment.
The training program will kick off with a two full-days. This Competency Training is the same training that Illinois Certified Recovery Support Specialists attend in Springfield. There will be a maximum of 6 people who will go through the Competency Training. After the two-day training, RSPs will spend approximately 20 hours per month for the next 6 months enhancing competency skills in the domains of mentoring, advocacy, professional responsibility and support.

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Counselors & 24 hour Mental Health Crisis Hotline

Illinois Remote Patient Monitoring Program & Montgomery County Support Lines

Illinois has set up a Remote Patient Monitoring Program for mental health services. This telehealth and mental health support line is for underserved communities and those at risk during the COVID 19 pandemic. To access this program, text TALK to 552020. Please do not wait to get the mental health treatment you deserve.

Also remember that Montgomery County Mental Health is open and has available counselors for you. You can call them Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at 217-532-2001 (Hillsboro) and 217-324-3430 (Litchfield).

There is also a 24 hour Mental Health Crisis Hotline which can be reached at 888-324-5052 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and after hours or weekends at 217-313-4730.

Let your community support you!

Please Pardon Our Dust

We are hard at work to bring you a new website!

We appreciate your patience as we finish our redesign, and look forward to announcing the completion of our website in the near future.


Upcoming Events & Meetings

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 — 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Cross Over Ministries Board Meeting
Hillsboro Area Hospital Conference Room (1200 E. Tremont Street, Hillsboro, IL)

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 — 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Cross Over Ministries Board Meeting
Hillsboro Area Hospital Conference Room (1200 E. Tremont Street, Hillsboro, IL)

Our Mission

Through Hope, Opportunity, Mercy, and Encouragement

We are cultivating mental health opportunities and promoting individual recovery and wellness through:

  • Resources for mental health, recovery, and suicide prevention
  • Assistance with co-pays, Transportation
  • Training opportunities
  • Support and Recovery groups
  • Community awareness and advocacy
  • Story Sharing in the form of Memorials and Testimonials
To Achieve Our Mission

Long-, Mid-, & Short-term Goals

From holding educational and fundraising events, to growing the ministry, to evaluating and expanding programs, to establishing both a crisis-intervention facility and a long-term recovery residence, our goals represent what we see as current mental health opportunities in our community.

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Mental Health By The Numbers

About one in five adults has a diagnosable mental disorder. Mental illnesses are more common than cancer, diabetes or heart disease. Also, data shows that if you have a mental illness, your chance of having a substance use disorder is as high as 50%. Mental illness can affect persons of any age, race, religion, gender identity or socioeconomic status. People affected by mental illness include our church members, our friends and families, and ourselves, as well as all the people who support those experiencing mental illness. With proper care and treatment, between 70 and 90 percent of persons with mental illnesses experience a significant reduction of symptoms and an improved quality of life.

Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. (11.2 million) experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.


More than 90% of people who die by suicide show symptoms of a mental health condition.


18.1% of adults in the U.S. experience an anxiety disorder such as posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias.


Half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14; three-quarters by age 24. Despite effective treatment, there are long delays—sometimes decades—between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help.


Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition receive mental health services each year.


Drop Us A Line!

Better yet, see us in person! All Board meetings are open to the public.
We love our community. Join us at our events, meetings and fundraisers. Say Yes! Be Aware! Show You Care!