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Programs and Services

Behavioral Mental Health

Behavioral Mental Health offers recovery-based individual and group therapy services, case management, crisis intervention, community support and psychiatry. MFS Behavioral Mental Health services promote psychological, social and emotional development which helps to achieve and maintain recovery. MFS offers Behavioral Health Programs to Children, Adolescents and Adults. Outpatient counseling, psychiatric and support services are available for Veterans and their families.

CILA (Community Integrated Living Arrangement)

Offers a supported, shared-apartment living environment for adults with mental illness, with staff on-site 24 hours a day. Staff provide case management, counseling, medication monitoring, transportation to medical appointments, and training in daily living skills.

Community Schools

Community Schools operate during non-school hours and expand positive choices and opportunities for youth while achieving academic success. Tutoring, homework help, recreation, life skills, cultural opportunities, and case management services are included.

Domestic Violence Advocacy Program

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Program provides office based services to survivors/victims of intimate partner abuse. Services include brief in-person domestic violence case management, adult educational domestic violence groups, safety planning, crisis intervention, advocacy services, community outreach, referral and linkages. MFS provides workshops and presentations in the community to increase awareness of domestic violence services and available resources. Services are free, confidential and provided in both English and Spanish.

For 24-hour Emergency Services, Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline number is 1-877-863-6338.

Early Learning Home Visiting Programs

Provide expectant and new parents with education and support they need at the time of their child’s birth and during the most crucial first five years of life. Sessions in the home focus on providing young children experiences that foster healthy growth and development and positive parent-child interactions. Families also meet for activities, to socialize and attend workshops.

Mental Health Juvenile Justice (MHJJ)

Mental Health Juvenile Justice works with eligible youth and their families to provide support and services to improve clinical functioning, school performance and attendance, and decrease recidivism. Counseling, case management, home and community-based services are provided to youth who have had contact with the juvenile justice system and display serious mental health concerns.

Mobile Crisis Response (MCR)

Mobile Crisis Response (MCR) stabilizes crisis situations and provides intensive Mental Health Services to adults, children and adolescents who are experiencing acute psychiatric episodes. MCR uses intensive community-based intervention to limit psychiatric hospitalizations.

Workforce Development

Workforce Development provides TANF recipients with innovative job readiness training including communication, conflict resolution, professional networking, workplace ethics, resume creation and mock interviewing. Job Seekers will receive individual coaching, career goal planning, an individualized employment plan, specialized industry training, supportive services including transportation, work ready and credential attainment, access to parent support, behavioral health, legal aid and other supportive programs. Participants will also be invited to exclusive hiring events with access to a variety of dedicated employer partners.

The Gerst Family Young Fathers Program

Helps fathers become employed, financially self-sufficient and raise healthy children. The program includes job readiness training and placement, money management training, parent education and co-parenting counseling. Participants are encouraged to actively nurture and financially support their children.