Manteno State Hospital was a psychiatric hospital located in rural Manteno Township in Kankakee County, Illinois.
The facility was authorized in 1927 by the 55th Illinois General Assembly with its first patients arriving in December 1930. In 1954 the patient population peaked at 8,195. In 1983, the facility was authorized for closure by Governor James R. Thompson and closed on December 31, 1985.
In October, 1986 the Illinois Veterans home at Manteno was dedicated and still operates on a portion of the grounds of the original psychiatric facility while numerous other building have been demolished. The site was redeveloped as a VA home, an industrial park and a portion is now the Manento Municipal golf course. A state hospital cemetery is to the east of the site. The grounds are the now the home of numerous housing developments including a residential treatment center called Indian Oaks Academy. Indian Oaks Academy, a member of the Nexus family of treatment programs, provides residential treatment for males and females ages 12 to 21.
Great pictures at http://www.opacity.us/site106_manteno_state_hospital.htm
Historical information at http://www.mantenostatehospital.com/
By jbottero @ 2008-11-12 13:04:33