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Programs and Services

Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation

Provides home-based intervention to families formed through adoption or subsidized guardianship. Counseling, crisis intervention and 24-hour on-call assistance help address adjustment, grief/loss resolution, attachment, educational and emotional issues. This DCFS-supported program also provides therapeutic respite services, psycho-educational and support groups, workshops, and help securing resources.

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.

Blue Island Robbins Neighborhood Network (BIRNN)

The BIRNN is a collaborative initiative that responds to community need in the Blue Island Robbins community by creating more expansive, stable and interconnected delivery of social services. United Way Metropolitan Chicago is a co-coordinator among network partners providing neighborhood-specific solutions to community challenges. MFS functions as the lead partner to deliver and enhance services through R-3 and BIRNN in the education, income, legal aid and health and wellness community service impact areas.

Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA)

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

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Program

Provides office-based services to survivors/victims of intimate partner abuse. Services may 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, the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline number is 1-877-863-6338.

Legal Aid

Legal Aid at Metropolitan Southwest, through the Legal Aid Society and the R-3 initiative, provides legal assistance and civil legal representation for low-income individuals, returning citizens, immigrant populations, and victims of crime. Areas of support include housing, employment, consumer issues and various re-entry services.

MFS Nurse Family Partnership

The Nurse Family Partnership empowers vulnerable first-time mothers through regular home visits and support that is provided from specially trained nurses during their pregnancy under 28-weeks, continuing through the child’s second birthday. The expectant mothers benefit by getting the care and support needed to have a healthy pregnancy. Throughout the partnership, the home visit nurse provides new moms with the confidence and tools needed to assure a healthy start for their babies. Participating moms are able to envision a life of stability and opportunities for success for both mom and child.

Mobile Crisis Response (MCR)

Stabilizes crisis situations and provides intensive mental health services to adults and adolescents who are experiencing acute psychiatric episodes. MCR uses intensive community-based intervention to limit psychiatric hospitalizations.

Pathways to Success

The Pathways to Success Initiative enhances access to critical behavioral, medical and social services for children with complex behavioral health challenges in Illinois. As a Care Coordination and Service Organization (CCSO) agency, MFS is responsible for the coordination of care involving multiple stakeholders involved in a child or adolescents’ treatment to ensure healthy and safe outcomes.

Southwest Safety Net

A safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment that serves as an alternative to seeking emergency room services for individuals in crisis. Upon arrival, individuals are paired with a peer mentor to assist in managing their crisis and attaining stabilization. The objective is to provide an empathetic, supportive and comfortable environment, deferring individuals in crisis from the emergency room.