Elgin Treatment Center

The Elgin Treatment Center is a mental health inpatient treatment facility for convicted adult offenders in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections who have been designated with a severe mental illness. 

The adult multiple-security (including maximum-security) facility – located in Elgin, Illinois – consists of two treatment units – one for males and one for females. The 44-bed facility has a treatment capacity for 22 male and 22 female patients who are receiving psychiatric care while in DOC custody.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at the Elgin Treatment Center are currently based on scheduling availability and vaccination status. The Illinois Department of Corrections is implementing a multi-phase plan to resume in-person visits as safely as possible. The number of visitors per two-hour time slot is limited. 

Visitor Approval

All adult visitors must be on the inmate's approved visitation list. Inmates are responsible for arranging their visits and notifying their visitors of their visiting status. 

In-Person Visits

As of August 2021, the Illinois DOC is in phase two of their plan to resume in-person visits at Elgin Treatment Center. Phase two loosens restrictions for both visitors and incarcerated people who are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated visitors are allowed during appropriately marked time slots.

During phase two, each incarcerated person is permitted three visits per month. To visit an inmate at Elgin Treatment Center, you must sign up at least seven days in advance.

All visitors must be at the facility at least 10 minutes prior to their scheduled visit time. Visitors who arrive late and miss their scheduled visit will not be penalized and will be allowed to reschedule without the visit being counted against them. 

General Visiting Rules

All adult visitors are required to have a current photo ID, such as a driver’s license, a state identification card or acceptable documentation of non-US citizenship including a current passport, Visa or Matricula, and documentation that includes their date of birth. 

Visitors are not allowed to bring electronic devices (such as cell phones, smartwatches, tablets, or laptops), food, drink, smoking materials, currency, packages, purses, bags, sacks, books, magazines, sunglasses, or personal keys into the Visiting Room. Visitors must put personal items in small lockers that are available at no charge. 

Items that a visitor may possess inside the visiting room or in a secured locker, unless otherwise approved by the CAO, shall include: 

  • Any item approved for an ADA request for reasonable accommodation. 
  • One identification card
  • One key fob or car door key without remote attachment
  • One locker key; if issued
  • One jacket or coat appropriate for the weather
  • Religious headgear, and
  • Lifesaving medication

If visiting with an infant or toddler, the following items may be brought into the visiting room in a clear plastic bag or container:

  • Three diapers and wipes
  • One blanket
  • Two filled clear plastic bottles; two sealed containers of baby food; a combination of one bottle and one sealed container of baby food
  • One change of clothes
  • One bib
  • One pacifier
  • One plastic spoon
  • One clear empty cup with lid
  • One coat or jacket and one hat
  • One pair of gloves or mittens during appropriate weather

Dress Code

All adult visitors must be dressed appropriately for a prison environment or the visit will not be permitted.

Clothing must not advertise or suggest any items that signify a Security Threat Group or other illegal activity. Visitors should not wear clothing that is sexually explicit, offensive, or degrading. All visitors must wear underwear and female visitors must wear a bra. 

Visitors should not wear clothing which reveals the buttocks or breasts. Examples of appropriate and inappropriate dress for visitors are: 

  • Dresses, shorts, or skirts must extend to the knee
  • Clothing that compromises the integrity of safety/security such as gang affiliated symbols and communication that may negatively impact ability to control the population
  • No see through/sheer clothing
  • No holes, tears, or “cutouts” in clothing above the knee
  • No tube tops, halter tops, tank tops, swimsuits, or swimsuit tops
  • Loose fitting clothing is encouraged but not required
  • Visitors may be permitted to wear religious headgear if there are no safety or security concerns. Wigs are not considered headgear and will not result in the denial of visits. 
  • Visitors may wear two rings (inclusive of one wedding ring), one pair of earrings, and piercings that cannot be removed.

Physical Address

Elgin Treatment Center
750 South State Street
Elgin, IL 60123

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/tMn7V2HwAN9zYoaS9

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Elgin Treatment Center
Inmate name and number
750 South State Street
Elgin, IL 60123

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call a resident who is at the Elgin Treatment Center, but they do have access to phones during certain hours and are allowed to make outgoing calls.

How to Send Money

You can send money to a resident at the Elgin Treatment Center via the following methods. (You must use the inmate's IDOC number and legal name for all electronic transfer of funds.)

Money Orders

Money orders must be sent with a lockbox deposit slip and must be complete with the inmate name, IDOC inmate number, sender’s name, and address. 

Deposit slips are available by clicking here. The money orders should be made payable to JPay and sent with the deposit slip to: 

PO Box 260250
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Programs For Inmates

Each unit at the Elgin Treatment Center has a patient day room, outdoor recreational space, numerous treatment rooms, various areas for individual and group sessions, and a soothing room. 

The units also provide access to auxiliary aids and services for patients who require disability accommodations.

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Careers at Elgin Treatment Center

If you are interested in a career with the Illinois Department of Corrections and would like more information about the job openings at the Elgin Treatment Center, click here.