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Emotional Wellness

Through supportive, caring counseling, individuals and families in any phase of life are empowered to better handle life’s challenges. Our mental health services provide psychiatric evaluation, case management and crisis intervention to help children and adults with chronic mental illness recover and be productive. We also offer assistance for older adults and their caregivers to meet the unique concerns of this stage of life. Compassionate violence prevention programs alleviate the impact of community or domestic violence. And specialized veterans’ services help returning soldiers and their families reintegrate into civilian life and reconnect with one another.

Programs Include

Adoption Preservation

Provides home-based intervention to families formed through adoption or subsidized guardianship. Adjustment, grief/loss resolution, attachment, educational and emotional issues are addressed through counseling, crisis intervention and 24-hour on-call assistance. Therapeutic respite services and related referrals, psycho-educational and support groups, workshops and help with securing resources also are provided. The program is supported by DCFS.

Adult Mental Health

Offers recovery-based individual and group therapies, case management, crisis intervention and psychiatric services to individuals with mental illness to help them achieve and maintain stability.

Adult Protective Services

Investigates reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation of seniors ages 60 and older and adults with disabilities. When abuse is substantiated, interventions are planned with the victim, family and others to reduce risk of further harm. Legal services are also provided as well as senior self neglect.

At-Risk Counseling and Education Services

A school-based program in designated Chicago Public Schools for at-risk youth identified by teachers, school counselors and parents. Goals include improving school behavior, social skills, social/emotional problems, cognitive functioning and parental involvement.

Behavioral Health

Builds on individual strengths and capacity for change while addressing special needs, behavioral and situational problems, or mental illness. Counseling and psychiatric services are offered for children, families and adults. Services are provided in the office, client homes, schools, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and other human service agencies, including the People’s Resource Center in Westmont.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Promotes psychological, social and emotional development through psychiatric services and individual, family and group counseling, and community support. Services help children and adolescents address problems that interfere with daily functioning and school performance.

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, medication monitoring, transportation to medical appointments, and training to learn daily living skills.

Counseling Services

Counseling Services are provided for all ages and build on individual and family strengths, desire and capacity for change while addressing emotional, behavioral and life stress challenges. Counseling services at the North Center are offered to children, families and seniors.

Domestic Violence Clinical Services

Domestic Violence Clinical Services are for survivors of partner abuse and their children, and for teens and children who have witnessed domestic violence. Staff provide safety planning, individual and group counseling, case management, information and referrals.

Extended Family Support

Extended Family Support serves relative caregivers facing issues that threaten the safety, stability and placement of the child within the home. The DCFS-funded program helps caregivers obtain guardianship, apply for public aid grants, advocate with schools, and access community resources and referrals.

Family Support and Prevention

Family Support and Prevention helps families develop the tools they need to effectively parent their children and enhance family functioning. The program focuses on families with multiple problems, helping them address core issues that impact child and family functioning. Services include counseling and case management. This home-based program is free of charge and is funded by the Mental Health Board of the City of Evanston.

Get IN Chicago CCRE

Get IN Chicago CCRE – Community Collaboration and Resident Engagement is a community based resident led initiative to improve the safety and wellness in the Roseland Community. It strives to engage the residents, business, community stakeholders and youth around a common goal to collectively and positively impact our community.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Helps mobilize support services for older caregivers who are raising children and assists in future planning. Also provides assessment, referrals, support and educational groups, and in certain instances family and individual counseling.

In-Home Respite for Seniors

Provides regular in-home respite services to caregivers of elders to sustain caregiving relationships. Screened and trained volunteers are provided in partnership with community and faith-based organizations.

Integrated Health Care Services

Integrated Health Care Services are provided by a team of medical and behavioral health care specialists to meet patients’ psychological, emotional and physical needs. This integrated health care model makes it easier for patients to access care, increases patients’ capacity to follow doctor recommendations, addresses mental health issues and the key social determinants of health, and improves healthcare results while reducing healthcare costs. Integrated health/behavioral care services are available at VNA Health Center-DuPage in Carol Stream.

Intensive Placement Stabilization

Provides clinically intensive therapeutic interventions to emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children in DCFS custody.

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.

Midway Connections

Midway Connections provides a safe place for court-ordered supervised visitations and safe exchanges for children exposed to domestic violence. Children visit a non-custodial parent without compromising the safety of an abused parent.

MOMs Plus

MOMS Plus is for pregnant and/or young mothers and fathers ages 13–21 who are DCFS wards, and also for parents of developmentally delayed children. Home-based services and groups help improve the mother’s parenting skills, promote healthy child development, create support networks among young mothers, address trauma that may impact emotional and/or behavioral functioning, and link caregivers to resources.

Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review Program

Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review Program works closely with the Department of Mental Health and the Illinois Department on Aging to conduct comprehensive assessments of adults with mental illness who live in long-term care facilities and nursing homes. The evaluation includes a recommendation on the consumer’s readiness to live in the community autonomously, and identifies resources needed after discharge to strengthen successful community integration.

Screening Assessment and Supportive Services (SASS)

Screening Assessment and Supportive Services (sass) stabilizes crisis situations and provides intensive mental health services to children and adolescents who are experiencing acute psychiatric episodes. SASS uses intensive community-based intervention to limit psychiatric hospitalizations.

Senior Counseling

Senior Counseling helps physically, emotionally and/or economically vulnerable older adults function as independently as possible. It includes in-home or office assessments, family and individual counseling, support groups, case management and links to resources.

Seniors Homeowners Program

Serves low- to moderate-income homeowners age 60 or older who have difficulty maintaining their homes. The program provides referrals to reputable home repair contractors, and links seniors to city departments and programs to help maintain their property. We also conduct workshops on topics such as reducing consumer fraud.

The Older Caregiver Project

Helps older caregivers plan for children’s long term care (permanency planning). It aids families in establishing a stronger support system through case management and linkages to community resources, ensures the well-being and safety of the children and caregivers and provides a recommendation regarding the permanency of the children.

Veterans Individual and Family Program (VIP)

Offers outpatient counseling, psychiatric and support services to veterans and their families to help them manage symptoms, stress and challenges related to military service. The program emphasizes capacity for change while addressing key challenges, special needs and adjustment issues experienced by veterans.

Youth Intervention

Provides intervention and prevention services to youth at risk of developing delinquent behavior. Families benefit from intensive counseling, parenting classes, and psychiatric and other services.