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William Briska

Connection to Illinois: Briska worked at Elgin Mental Health Center from 1974 - 2002.

Biography: William Briska worked at Elgin Mental Health Center from 1974 - 2002. His job experience helped inform his understanding of the facility's history. Starting as a treatment unit caseworker, he progressively advanced to an assistant unit director; assistant and later Director of Central Admissions Service; Administrator over the departments of Medical Records, Utilization Review, and Clinical Audits; Mental Health Court Liaison; and Director of Management Information Services. He has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in social work. He greatly appreciates being able to volunteer as Elgin Mental Health Center' s historian and being invited to give lectures and tours related to mental health history.


Primary Literary Genre(s): History; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Elgin Time: A History of the Elgin National Watch Company 1864-1968
ISBN: 094396394X OCLC: Elgin, Ill. :

Elgin Historical Society Elgin, Ill. : 2003

The History of Elgin Mental Health Center: Evolution of a State Hospital
ISBN: 0916445453 OCLC: Carpentersville, IL :

Crossroads Communications Carpentersville, IL : 1997