15th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
ACYF Commissioner's Award Book
Bobby J. Hall
Office of Program Development and Support
Bobby J. Hall serves as Senior Administrator with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and as Chief, Office of Program Development and Support, Division of Planning and Performance Management. During his 33 years with DCFS, Mr. Hall has held many positions with DCFS in the field and in management. He has distinguished himself as a leader in developing innovative programming for children and families, securing and monitoring numerous Federal grants and projects, and supervising important aspects of the Department's planning process, particularly in the area of child protection. Mr. Hall is a primary architect of the DCFS Family Centered Services Program, which partners with community-based agencies and local service networks to support abused and neglected children and their families and deflect them from entering the child welfare system. A Department emissary throughout the State of Illinois, Bobby J. Hall's leadership has increased greatly needed services for children and families in every region.
In addition to his leadership at DCFS, Bobby Hall has dedicated himself to community service. He has served on numerous boards, task forces, and commissions in Springfield, Illinois, which address the needs of disadvantaged children and families in creative and positive ways. Mr. Hall has served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Attention Home for Youth, Family Services Center, the Head Start Policy Council, the Illinois Inter-Agency Athletic Association, the Springfield Area Literary Council, the Human Services Education Council, the Community Services Advisory Council, and the Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois. He is a long-standing member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, the Eta Psi Sigma Chapter that helps tutor and mentor African-American youth.
For the past decade, Mr. Hall has led the effort to establish a community health center in Springfield and currently serves as President of the Board of Directors. The Central Counties Community Health Center Inc. opened its doors in October 1999 and continually has expanded its services to the uninsured and underinsured residents of central Illinois. His vision and dedication have been recognized by the National Association of Community Health Centers, which awarded him the Health Center Governance Leadership Award in 2002. The State of Illinois proudly honors the inspiring public service of Bobby J. Hall.