Mental Health Services
Mental health concerns span a range of intensity. People may need guidance to get through a difficult time in life (like a divorce, loss of a job, money problems). Some benefit from an intervention to cope with a situational depression or bout of anxiety. Others have serious mental illness – brain disorders like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder that require ongoing support and medication to manage the illness. Whether for a short-term support or long-term therapy, KYC is here to support clients regardless of their ability to pay for services.
To learn about our Good Faith Estimate policy for services, click here.
KYC’s Recovery Video
Living with mental illness can be hard, but at KYC our team of compassionate professionals are ready to help. We’re proud to feature the success stories of our clients and the dedicated team who support them.
Intervention for Those with Mental Health Concerns
When you, your child, or someone in your family is struggling with mental, emotional, work, school, or relationship problems, you can talk to a counselor at Kenneth Young Center. You will be offered a screening appointment to best meet your individualized needs. You may also get some answers over the phone, such as a referral to a self-help group or other community resources.
In your screening appointment, a KYC counselor will work to understand your reasons for needing help and assess your current situation. You and your counselor will decide together whether to begin treatment at KYC. If so, you’ll be connected to the program you need, which might offer individual, group, or family counseling, or case management.
Counseling offers an opportunity to process and deal with life situations that may be challenging. Therapy also helps people struggling with anxiety, depression, emotional trauma, and other mental health issues. Treatment may include some or all of the following:
- Meeting with a counselor to identify problems and develop strategies for change.
- Individual, couple, or group therapy with professional support.
- Education about your problem, diagnosis, and ways to change for the better.
- A combination of counseling and medication.
With children, therapists may use play as well as discussion to address problems. Counselors can provide direction and support for parents and help families understand the experiences their children are having.
Treatment for Those with Serious Mental Illness
People diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness are coached and taught skills to move toward recovery. Clients may take part in groups that teach skills for self-care, social relationships, self-expression, and independent living. Recovery from mental illness means living an independent, productive, and satisfying life.
Services for adults with mental illness:
Our vocational program helps people who have a mental illness diagnosis gain and maintain employment. Some are returning to work, some may be trying to get their first job, and others may have a problematic work history for which they are seeking solutions. Once a person obtains an employment position, emphasis shifts to coping with stress to minimize symptoms and maintain meaningful employment.
We work with KYC clients, as well as those referred to us through the Illinois Division of Rehabilitative Services (DRS). Our services consist of assessment, career exploration, resume development, job-search planning, interview coaching, job coaching and evaluations, job retention counseling, and Job Club meetings in individual and/or group settings.
KYC’s Drop-In Center promotes community among people living with mental illness. The Drop-In Center is designed to create a non-clinical environment to sharpen social skills, make new friends, and further explore opportunities within the community. Funded by the Department of Human Services, any adult with a mental health diagnosis is welcome 364 days a year. To learn more about the Drop-In Center or for a list of their current calendar of activities, click here.
Behavioral Health Recover in the Community — Permanent Supportive Housing
Kenneth Young Center is proud to provide support services to four supportive housing buildings:
- Myers Place: With 39 units for adults in need of supportive living services, Myers Place opened in 2013.
- PhilHaven: With 49 one, two, and three bedroom units, PhilHaven opened in 2017.
- Marison Mills: multi-unit development in South Elgin
- Water’s Edge: multi-unit development in South Elgin
KYC also provides in-home support to adults with mental health disorders throughout the Northwest suburbs.
For housing inquiries, including waitlist status, please contact the Housing Authority of Cook County directly at thehacc.org.
Transitional Living Program
Our transitional living program provides individuals with apartment living supervised at different levels. The primary goal is to support clients as they develop independent living skills within the community so they can transition into independent living.
Intensive Recovery Group (IRG) Services
Intensive Recovery Group (IRG) services are comprised of a combination of group and individual treatments that promote improved skills of daily living and socio-emotional development in adults ages 18 and up. IRG services focus on stability by offering multiple groups per week to create daytime structure. This program supports adults with mental health challenges that may be newly emerging or who have chronic and enduring mental health diagnoses. These services are intended to adapt to the changing needs of a medically diverse portion of our community, including individuals who have experienced higher, more restrictive levels of care as well as those who have struggled at lower levels of care.
IRG curriculum-based groups help individuals with:
- Living with current or long-term difficulties with mental health
- Learning or increasing social skills, anger management, and relationship skills
- Acquiring or strengthening independent living skills
- Vocational Development
- Learning and practicing skills out in the community
The following areas are also addressed in IRG groups:
- Coping and cognitive skills
- Community integration and communication skills
- Independent living
- Work and school readiness
- Medication self-management
- Health care and nutrition
- Symptom management
- Interpersonal/relationship/family skills
- Anger and stress management
- Organization and time management
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
To learn more about Intensive Recovery Group services, please call KYC at 847−524−8800
Services for Children and Adolescents
Children, adolescents and teens come to KYC for a variety of reasons and are in different degrees of need. KYC has a broad range of services designed to meet the unique needs of each child, adolescent and teen, as well as their families.
Child and Adolescent Services
In many cases, youth come to KYC because their parents need help getting them through a difficult time which may be related to divorce, school-phobias, anxiety, peer rejection, behavior problems, serious trauma or a variety of other factors. Our Child & Adolescent Services team also work with youth who are in psychiatric crisis due to serious emotional disturbance. Whatever the reason, youth who come to Kenneth Young Center will receive unbiased, professional help. We strive to reduce internal and external conflict, as well as help youth cope with difficult situations and transitions.
Therapists may use play as well as discussion to address problems with children. Counselors can provide direction and support for parents and help families understand the experiences their children are going through.
Below are few of our groups currently being offered to children and teens. All participants are screened to determine if the program is a good fit prior to participation.
- Social Skills: Shining Stars
Children ages 6 – 9 years old will learn skills to help with impulse control, making friends, building empathy, following directions, listening, communication, and mindfulness.
- Impulse Control: Jumping Beans
Children ages 7 – 10 years old will learn skills to help with impulse control, self-control, boundaries, coping, and more.
- Girl’s Circle
Children ages 13 – 18 who identify as female or femme will build self-esteem, work on establishing healthy relationships, and gain interpersonal and empathetic skills.
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Adolescent Group
High school children will learn to live in the moment, cope healthily with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others. This is a skill-based cognitive behavioral therapy group.
- Anxiety and Depression Group
Middle school children will engage in activities to learn about depression and anxiety and how to monitor moods through effective coping strategies.
For more information or questions about these groups, please contact our Intake team at 847−524−8800 ext. 136.
Behavioral Support Services (Mentoring)
Behavioral Support Services, also known as Mentoring, are available for youth through age 24 to help practice coping skills, socialization, and emotional management strategies. Behavioral Support Services are a clinical support offered to qualifying clients who also receive individual therapy at Kenneth Young Center. Behavioral Support Specialists work one-on-one with clients to use activities and social experiences as opportunities to build confidence and practice skills learned in therapy in real-world settings. To learn more about this program, how to qualify, and how it supports a client’s personalized treatment plan, please call 847−524−8800 ext. 136.
Children and adolescents with severe emotional or behavioral disorders may be a danger to themselves or others. In this situation, they may require more intensive support and therapy in an outpatient or inpatient setting.
KYC provides community-based Screenings, Assessments, and Supportive Services (SASS) to determine the severity of the psychiatric crisis and recommend appropriate treatment. For most, this means providing an array of support and wrap-around services that enable them to remain in their home and community.
Kenneth Young Center provides SASS services in Hanover, Schaumburg, Elk Grove, and Maine Townships.
If you are concerned that a child or adolescent is experiencing a psychiatric crisis and may be an imminent risk of harm to themselves or others, call the CARES line immediately at (800) 345‑9049.