Mental Illness Outpatient

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Adult Outpatient

  • Target Population: Individuals who are 18 years of age or older seeking mental health treatment services.
  • Purpose/Goal: Provide short-term individual and/or group counseling to help clients develop more effective coping skills in dealing with mental/emotional issues with the long term goal of decreasing their need for future behavioral health services. Additionally, the program provides crisis intervention services during regular business hours as well as screening and referral of persons for admission to the state regional psychiatric hospital (McFarland). The program's PAS Agent screens persons referred for long-term care placement.
  • Purchaser: DHS-DMH, Federal Probation, State's Attorney's Office and third party reimbursement.
  • Admission Criteria: Persons with DSM IV-TR diagnosis who are seeking mental health services or persons who are mandated to receive such services.
  • Discharge Criteria: Clients have resolved their presenting issues satisfactorily, have been referred to a more appropriate type and level of care within Heritage, or have been referred to other appropriate community social service agencies.
  • Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am - 7:00 p.m. and Fridays 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, year around, excluding major holidays.

Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services

  • Target Population: Children and adolescents 3 through 18 years of age experiencing behavioral and/or emotional problems.
  • Purpose/Goal: To provide age specific assessment, and to reduce the emotional and/or behavioral difficulties experienced by youth. As well as strengthening identified deficits by providing therapy and case management services to clients and their families.
  • Services/Modalities: Individual, family, and group therapy for symptom amelioration and resolution of presenting problems. Crisis intervention and case management services as needed to stabilize and support the client and family.
  • Purchaser: DHS-DMH, DMH Medicaid, third party payors, and individual clients.
  • Admission Criteria: Children and adolescents 3-18 years old who are exhibiting behavioral and/or emotional difficulties who reside in Central Illinois.
  • Discharge Criteria: Completion of treatment goals and objectives or referral to a more appropriate level of care.
  • Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am - 7:00 p.m. and Fridays 8:00 am - 5:00 pm., year around, excluding major holidays.

Screening Assessment and Support Services (SASS)

  • Target Population: Children 0-18 years of age that either have no form of insurance or have an active public aid card or All Kids insurance and adults 18-21 years old who have an active public aid card who are at risk for psychiatric hospitalizations and are located at the time of crisis in Macon or Piatt counties.
  • Purpose/Goal: To screen and assess children to determine the need for psychiatric hospitalization and to deflect when appropriate; to provide ongoing monitoring of youth admitted to a state funded facility to ensure timely discharge planning, linkage, and aftercare; and to assure or provide appropriate mental health services to youth deflected from a state operated facility to sustain the youth in his/her home.
  • Services/Modalities Provided: Individual, family and group therapy. Crisis intervention and pre-hospital screenings. Case management services to gain entitlements and to meet needs the client or family may have.
  • Purchaser: Department of Human Services (IDPA).
  • Admission Criteria: Children 0-18 who have an active public aid card or no form of insurance or have All Kids insurance or adults 18-21 who have an active public aid card who at the time of crisis are located in Macon or Piatt Counties and are at risk of psychiatric hospitalization due to severe emotional and/or behavioral problems; are currently hospitalized for psychiatric reasons; or have been recently discharged from a psychiatric hospital.
  • Discharge Criteria: Determination that there is no medical necessity for continued SASS services; successful completion of treatment goals and objectives. This is normally a 90-day program.
  • Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 p.m., year around, except for major holidays, with evenings and weekends as needed and crisis services available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Intensive Placement Stabilization (IPS)

  • Target Population: Children through age 18 in Macon, DeWitt,or Piat counties who are under the custody or guardianship of Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
  • Purpos/Goal:  The purpose of IPS is to deflect DCFS wards from being placed in more restrictive settings and to maintain them in their current placements whenever possible.  Also to develop and identify strengths and then utilize them in the treatment process. 
  • Services/Modalities Provided:  Intensive Placement Stabilization services include individual, group, and family therapy, mentoring services, case management as well as psychiatric services to provide support to the identified client, foster home, parent, and caseworker to help stabilize the placement.  IPS will provide services for every accepted case and not place any IPS referrals on a wait list. 
  • Admission Criteria: Children who are wards of DCFS residing in Macon, Piatt, or DeWitt counties who are at risk of moving placements and who are placed in relative foster homes, that have been referred by the child's caseworker.
  • Discharge Criteria: Resolution of presenting problems or referral to a more aproprite level of care.  The program period is six months, but extensions of services can be requested. 
  • Hours of Operation:  Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., year round, except for major holidays, with evenings and weekends as needed and crisis services available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.