Southern Thirty Adolescent Center

Southern Thirty Adolescent Center (STAC) is a 30-day short-term emergency-shelter care facility that is located in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. The populations served are adolescents, ages 11-18. STAC focuses on empowering youth to make better choices so they can move forward and successfully transition to the next phase of their lives.

Youth in Care

Youth come to STAC for a variety of reasons.

  • Some are in transition as they struggle with behavioral or emotional issues.
  • Others have had unsuccessful foster home placements.
  • Others have been removed from their home due to abuse or neglect.


Shelter Program

The male youth reside at STAC 24 hours a day, seven days a week. During their stay, all their medical, psychiatric, nutritional, recreational and educational needs are addressed.




STAC Services

Assessment and Planning

During their time at STAC , staff assess the youths’ strengths and long-term needs and develop individual plans, which help the transition to their new placements such as:

  • Live with a foster family
  • Enter a group home or residential center
  • Return home or live with relatives


Therapeutic Environment

Therapeutic services help the youth develop strategies and skills for a successful transition to the next phase of their lives. The following services are provided to individuals in both programs:

  • Clinical assessments
  • Crisis intervention and stabilization
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Educational services
  • Psychiatric and medical medication monitoring
  • Medical services
  • Therapeutic recreation



All referrals are made through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Southern Thirty Adolescent Center

17077N. Illinois Highway 37

Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

(618) 242-2238

Fax (618) 242-2239