Links and Resources

Infor­ma­tion on Men­tal Illness

Amer­i­can Foun­da­tion For Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion They raise aware­ness, fund sci­en­tif­ic research, and pro­vide resources and aid to those affect­ed by sui­cide. Web­site: http://​www​.afsp​.org

Amer­i­can Psy­chi­atric Association’s Web­site on Men­tal Health Infor­ma­tion on com­mon men­tal health con­cerns includ­ing warn­ing signs of men­tal dis­or­ders, treat­ment options, and pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures. Web­site: https://​www​.psy​chi​a​try​.org/

Live Through This Estab­lished in 2010, Live Through This is a col­lec­tion of por­traits and true sto­ries of sui­cide attempt sur­vivors across the Unit­ed States. Web­site: https://​www​.livethroughthis​.org

Nation­al Alliance on Men­tal Ill­ness (NAMI) NAMI is the nation’s largest grass­roots men­tal health orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cat­ed to improv­ing the lives of per­sons liv­ing with seri­ous men­tal ill­ness and their fam­i­lies. Web­site: www​.nami​.org

Nami’s Elk Grove/​Schaumburg web­site pro­vides infor­ma­tion about NAMI ser­vices in our local com­mu­ni­ty. Web­site: http://​www​.namis​chaum​bur​garea​.org/

Nation­al Insti­tute of Men­tal Health (NIMH) The mis­sion of NIMH is to reduce the bur­den of men­tal ill­ness and behav­ioral dis­or­ders through research on mind, brain, and behav­ior. Web­site: www​.nimh​.nih​.gov

Thresh­olds They part­ner with peo­ple who have men­tal ill­ness to sup­port their recov­ery and pur­suit of lives with mean­ing and pur­pose. Web­site: www​.thresh​olds​.org

OCD Resource Center Infor­ma­tion and resources avail­able on obses­sive com­pul­sive dis­or­der. Web­site: www​.ocd​hope​.com

Pre­vent Men­tal Illness Infor­ma­tion and resources avail­able on rec­og­niz­ing the signs of men­tal ill­ness, pre­ven­tion tech­niques, resources, myths, facts and more. Web­site: http://​pre​vent​men​talill​ness​.org

Children’s Men­tal Health and Advo­ca­cy Organizations

Bazelon Cen­ter for Men­tal Health Law The mis­sion of the Judge David L. Bazelon Cen­ter for Men­tal Health Law is to pro­tect and advance the rights of adults and chil­dren who have men­tal dis­abil­i­ties. Web­site: www​.bazelon​.org

Chil­dren and Adults with Atten­tion-Deficit/Hy­per­ac­tiv­i­ty-Dis­or­der (CHADD) CHADD is a nation­al orga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sent­ing indi­vid­u­als with AD/HD in pro­vid­ing edu­ca­tion, advo­ca­cy and sup­port to indi­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies. The orga­ni­za­tion is com­posed of ded­i­cat­ed vol­un­teers from around the coun­try who play an inte­gral part in the orga­ni­za­tion by pro­vid­ing resources and encour­age­ment to fam­i­lies, edu­ca­tors and pro­fes­sion­als. Web­site: www​.chadd​.org

Fed­er­a­tion for Fam­i­lies for Children’s Men­tal Health The Fed­er­a­tion of Fam­i­lies is ded­i­cat­ed to pro­vid­ing edu­ca­tion, resources and infor­ma­tion to chil­dren with men­tal health needs and their fam­i­lies. Web­site: www​.ffcmh​.org

Lives in the Bal­ance A website/​resource for par­ents, teach­ers and care­givers of trou­bled and dif­fi­cult teens. Web­site: www​.livesinthe​bal​ance​.org

Senior Ser­vices Resources

Alzheimer’s Asso­ci­a­tion
The Alzheimer’s Asso­ci­a­tion is the lead­ing vol­un­tary health orga­ni­za­tion in Alzheimer care, sup­port and research.
Web­site: http://​www​.alz​.org/​i​l​l​i​nois/

AgeOp­tions (The Area Agency on Aging for Sub­ur­ban Cook Coun­ty)
The pur­pose of Age Options is to con­nect old­er adults, aged 60 and over, with resources and options for care so that they can have a full range of choic­es and live their lives to the fullest.
Web­site: http://​www​.ageop​tions​.org/#

Ben­e­fits Check Up
Ben­e­fits Check­Up is the nation’s most com­pre­hen­sive Web-based ser­vice to screen for ben­e­fits pro­grams for seniors with lim­it­ed income and resources.
Web­site: http://​www​.ben​e​fitscheck​up​.org/

Cir­cuit Break­er and Illi­nois Cares RX
The Illi­nois Depart­ment on Aging’s Cir­cuit Break­er pro­gram pro­vides grants to senior cit­i­zens and per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties to help them reduce the impact of tax­es and pre­scrip­tion med­ica­tions on their lives.
Web­site: http://​www​.cbrx​.il​.gov/​a​g​i​n​g​/​1​r​x​/​c​b​r​x​/​c​b​r​x​-​m​a​i​n.htm

A Place for Mom (Free Senior Refer­ral Ser­vice for Senior hous­ing)
We are a free refer­ral ser­vice help­ing fam­i­lies find nurs­ing homes, assist­ed liv­ing, Alzheimer’s care, retire­ment com­mu­ni­ties, home care, and oth­er senior care options.
Web­site: http://​www​.aplace​for​mom​.com/

Assist­ed Liv­ing Refer­rals (Free Senior refer­ral ser­vice for senior hous­ing)
Assist­ed Liv­ing Refer­rals pro­vides com­pli­men­ta­ry assis­tance to seniors adults and their fam­i­lies. We prompt­ly pro­vide free per­son­al­ized refer­rals to hous­ing com­mu­ni­ties, senior prod­ucts, ser­vices and com­mu­ni­ty resources.
Web­site: http://​www​.assist​edliv​in​gre​fer​rals​.com/

A Sil­ver Con­nec­tion (Free senior refer­ral ser­vice for senior hous­ing)
Sil­ver Con­nec­tions is a free refer­ral ser­vice for seniors, their fam­i­lies and the pro­fes­sion­als that help old­er adults make the tran­si­tion from one home to anoth­er. A Senior Care Con­sul­tant” will dis­cuss all aspects of mov­ing with you and help you achieve your long term lifestyle goals.
Web­site:http://​www​.asil​ver​con​nec​tion​.com/

Medicare’s Offi­cial Web­site
The offi­cial U.S. gov­ern­ment web­site for peo­ple with Medicare.
Web­site: http://​www​.medicare​.gov/

MySe­nior­Care
MySe­nior­Care sup­ports fam­i­lies and their aging loved ones as they search for infor­ma­tion, resources and providers of senior care. They pro­vide fam­i­lies with a wide range of sup­port and cred­i­ble infor­ma­tion, and their direc­to­ry empow­ers users to search, com­pare and direct­ly con­tact local pre-screened providers. Web­site: http://​www​.myse​nior​care​.com/​h​o​m​e​-care

Nation­al Insti­tute on Aging
The Nation­al Insti­tute on Aging leads a broad sci­en­tif­ic effort to under­stand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. It’s mis­sion is to improve the health and well-being of old­er Amer­i­cans through research.
Web­site: https://​www​.nia​.nih​.gov/

Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Assis­tance Pro­grams
Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Man­u­fac­tur­er Patient Assis­tance Pro­grams pro­vide assis­tance to Part D enrollees and inter­face with Part D plans by oper­at­ing out­side the Part D ben­e­fit” to ensure sep­a­rate­ness of Part D ben­e­fits and PAP assis­tance. The PAP’s assis­tance on behalf of the PAP enrollee does not count towards a Part D beneficiary’s true-out-of-pock­et cost.
Web­site: http://​www​.cms​.hhs​.gov/​P​r​e​s​c​r​i​p​t​i​o​n​D​r​u​g​C​o​v​G​e​n​I​n​/​07​_​P​A​P​D​a​t​a​.​a​s​p​#​T​o​p​O​fPage

US Admin­is­tra­tion on Aging Web­site to find com­mu­ni­ty resources for seniors
The Elder­care Loca­tor is the first step to find­ing resources for old­er adults in any U.S. com­mu­ni­ty. The ser­vice links those who need assis­tance with state and local area agen­cies on aging and com­mu­ni­ty-based orga­ni­za­tions that serve old­er adults and their care­givers.
Web­site: http://​elder​care​.gov/​E​l​d​e​r​c​a​r​e​.​N​E​T​/​P​u​b​l​i​c​/​I​n​d​e​x​.aspx

The Social Secu­ri­ty Administration’s Offi­cial Web­site
The offi­cial web­site of the U.S. Social Secu­ri­ty Admin­is­tra­tion.
Web­site: http://​www​.ssa​.gov/

Eli­gi­bil­i­ty Guide­lines for Gov­ern­ment Pro­grams
Eli­gi­bil­i­ty guide­lines for gov­ern­ment pro­grams.
Web­site: http://​www​.egyp​tianaaa​.org/​e​l​i​g​i​b​i​l​i​t​y​g​u​i​d​e​l​i​n​e​s.htm

Infor­ma­tion and Assis­tance for Peo­ple with Medicare
Illi­nois Ben­e­fits is a free resource for ben­e­fits, infor­ma­tion and enroll­ment assis­tance for peo­ple with Medicare, their care­givers and the vol­un­teers and pro­fes­sion­als that assist them.
Web­site: http://​www​.illi​nois​ben​e​fits​.org/​?​t​r​=​y​&​a​u​i​d​=​1022285

Illi­nois Depart­ment on Aging The Illi­nois Depart­ment on Aging helps old­er peo­ple live inde­pen­dent­ly in their own homes and com­mu­ni­ties. Web­site: http://​www​.state​.il​.us/​a​ging/

The Illi­nois Sup­port­ive Liv­ing Pro­gram
Illi­nois devel­oped the Sup­port­ive Liv­ing Pro­gram as an alter­na­tive to nurs­ing home care for low-income old­er per­sons and per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties under Med­ic­aid. By com­bin­ing apart­ment-style hous­ing with per­son­al care and oth­er ser­vices, res­i­dents can live inde­pen­dent­ly and take part in deci­sion-mak­ing. Per­son­al choice, dig­ni­ty, pri­va­cy and indi­vid­u­al­i­ty are empha­sized.
Web­site: https://​www​.illi​nois​.gov/​h​f​s​/​m​e​d​i​c​a​l​p​r​o​g​r​a​m​s​/​s​l​f​/​P​a​g​e​s​/​d​e​f​a​u​l​t​.aspx

Medicare Inter­ac­tive Coun­selor
Use the Medicare Inter­ac­tive Coun­selor to find expert infor­ma­tion and advice on Medicare.
Web­site: http://​medicarein​ter​ac​tive​.org/​p​a​g​e​2​.​p​h​p​?​t​o​p​i​c​=​c​o​u​n​s​e​l​o​r​&​p​a​g​e​=​Index

Veteran’s Admin­is­tra­tion
The Depart­ment of Veteran’s Affairs web­site pro­vid­ing infor­ma­tion on patient care, vet­er­ans’ ben­e­fits and cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion. About a quar­ter of the nation’s pop­u­la­tion are poten­tial­ly eli­gi­ble for VA ben­e­fits and ser­vices because they are vet­er­ans, fam­i­ly mem­bers or sur­vivors of vet­er­ans.
Web­site: http://​www​.va​.gov/

Alzheimers​.net
Alzheimers​.net offers a social net­work that will be a respite, resource and a way to connnect with oth­ers who are suf­fer­ing with demen­tia or care­tak­ers for some­one with demen­tia.
Web­site: Alzheimers​.net

Elder­w­erks
This com­pa­ny help seniors through the tran­si­tion from one home to anoth­er or find­ing the ser­vices they need. They dis­cuss all aspects of mov­ing with you and help you achieve your long term lifestyle goal. They pro­vide infor­maiton and asis­stance to to help fam­i­lies sort through their options.
Web­site: www​.elder​w​erks​.com

Pax­em, Inc.
Paxem’s staff mem­bers are Senior Move Man­agers (senior relo­ca­tion experts) and are knowl­edge­able in all aspects of mov­ing. Paxem’s mis­sion is to help fam­i­lies through the tran­si­tion of mov­ing or right-siz­ing while respect­ing each individual’s needs.
Web­site: http://​www​.pax​em​.com

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