Kenneth Young Center is honored to announce that NorthShore, including Swedish and Northwest Community Healthcare, has generously awarded a $600,000 grant to enhance our mobile behavioral health crisis response programs.
When community members are in an emergency mental health crisis and are in danger of harming themselves or others, it’s imperative for their wellbeing that they receive swift and appropriate behavioral health care. Connecting with professional behavioral health support helps individuals not only meet their immediate needs, but builds a pathway to achieve their long-term goals through ongoing support. KYC’s team of mental health crisis workers work to build trust and establish an understanding of the individual’s experience, while preventing unnecessary institutionalization, incarceration, or cyclical hospitalization.
NorthShore’s partnership will fund four key elements of KYC’s growing crisis response services, including 988 response.
Creating a Safe Mobile Therapy Space
NorthShore’s funding will support the purchase and renovation of a vehicle to create a mobile therapy space to facilitate behavioral healthcare in the community. Especially for individuals currently experiencing homelessness and those who do not feel safe in their own homes, having a warm, safe, neutral space in which to connect with a mental health crisis worker is key to ensuring immediate safety.
Enhancing Safety for Crisis Workers
To ensure the safety of our staff, NorthShore’s funding will enable the implementation of a mobile safety system. Mobile crisis workers will utilize the system to send safety updates to other team members. If a situation should arise in which additional support is needed to de-escalate a crisis, the system can be used to swiftly call for additional support or emergency first responder assistance.
Creating Efficiencies for Service
This grant will fund a new administrative position to support our crisis teams. The creation of this role will enable trained clinical staff to focus on responding to crises and providing follow-up care directly to clients.
Providing Direct Crisis Service
NorthShore’s funding will also provide direct service, ensuring our community members have access to crucial crisis care.
Thank You, NorthShore
We are incredibly grateful for NorthShore’s impactful partnership. Their funding will enable life-saving programs to be accessed by our community members when they need it most. It’s through strong partners like NorthShore that we can truly live our vision: Together We Thrive.
About NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health
NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health is a fully integrated healthcare delivery system committed to providing access to quality, vibrant, community-connected care, serving an area of more than 4.2 million residents across six northeast Illinois counties. Their more than 25,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians aim to deliver transformative patient experiences and expert care close to home across more than 300 ambulatory locations and eight acute care hospitals – Edward (Naperville), Elmhurst, Evanston, Glenbrook (Glenview), Highland Park, Northwest Community (Arlington Heights) Skokie and Swedish (Chicago) – all recognized as Magnet hospitals for nursing excellence. Located in Naperville, Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, provides for the mental health needs of area residents.
NorthShore’s Community Investment Fund (CIF) generously awarded $4 million in grant support across fifteen local organizations in 2023, and Kenneth Young Center is honored to be among these impactful community organizations. NorthShore’s CIF began last year as part of the merger between NorthShore University HealthSystem and Edward-Elmhurst Health, demonstrating the organizations’ commitment to vibrant, community-connected care.
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