State Sen. Bush highlights new mental health programs

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GRAYSLAKE – State Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, is highlighting the Illinois Department of Human Services’ new mental health programs to help people who need additional resources for crisis support, housing and community care during their times of need.

“People are facing additional stressors right now and it’s important to provide them with the help they need,” Bush said in a news release. “These new programs will help more people who may not get the best results from traditional mental health programs, so they can receive help in a more community-based approach.”

IDHS announced three new mental health programs to provide additional support for Illinoisans. The agency worked with community mental health centers and nontraditional service providers to develop capacity and deliver clinical services and nontraditional supports.

The first new program – the Living Room Program – is designed for those in need of a crisis respite program to divert crises and break the cycle of psychiatric hospitalization. It provides a safe, inviting, home like atmosphere, where people can calmly process a crisis event while learning how to avoid a future crisis.

The Transitional Living Centers Program is a housing resource for people who have mental illnesses and who are in need of an immediate place to stay while they work to find permanent housing.

The Transitional Community Care and Support Program is for people who are in IDHS state-operated psychiatric hospitals and preparing to be discharged. It will include funding for nontraditional supports such as cellphones, food, clothing, transportation and other resources that are necessary for individuals to succeed as they transition back into communities.

Individuals seeking help from the Living Room Program may seek help directly or be referred by first responders or medical professionals. Participants of the other two programs will be referred by IDHS and other providers.

For information and to find additional mental health resources, visit www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=29735>.

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via | Lake County Journal

August 13, 2020 at 05:44PM

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