Southern 30 Adolescent Center

If you believe youth should have the opportunity to get on the right track and build better lives for themselves, we invite you to share in the mission of Southern Thirty Adolescent Center (STAC).

Located near Mt. Vernon, Illinois, STAC is a 30-day, 18 bed, emergency shelter care facility for adolescents 11-18. Using a peer group model, STAC provides emergency shelter care, clinical assessments, counseling and foster care. STAC offers two programs:

  • Residential Services
  • Foster Care/Day Treatment-Residential Alternatives Program (STAC-RAP)


Residential Services

Specifically for male youth who live at the facility and are served at STAC 24-hours-a-day. During their stay at STAC, all the youth's nutritional, medical, recreational and educational needs are met.

Foster Care/Day Treatment-Residential Alternatives Program

Specifically for female residents who live in LCFS licensed foster homes from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. and participate in the day programs at STAC from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The following services are available to youth in both programs

  • Clinical assessment 
  • Crisis intervention, stabilization and transition services 
  • Individual and group counseling
  • On-site educational services
  • Therapeutic recreation
  • Medical services  


Referrals to the STAC/STAC-RAP programs can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 618.242.2238.

The Center serves the following counties in Southern Illinois:

Alexander, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Montgomery, Pope, Pulaski, Richland, Saline, Shelby, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White, Williamson

Office Locations

17077 N. IL Highway 37
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: 618.242.2238