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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.

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. 

Adult Men­tal Health Ser­vices Brochure

Ser­vices for adults with men­tal illness:

Employ­ment Services

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.

Employ­ment Ser­vices Brochure

Drop-In Cen­ter

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.

Drop-In Cen­ter Brochure

Com­mu­ni­ty Liv­ing — Per­ma­nent Sup­port­ive Housing

Ken­neth Young Cen­ter is proud to pro­vide sup­port ser­vices to two com­mu­ni­ty liv­ing apartments:

  1. Myers Place: With 39 units for adults in need of sup­port­ive liv­ing ser­vices, Myers Place opened in 2013
  2. Phil­Haven: With 49 one, two, and three bed­room units, Phil­Haven opened in 2017

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.

Psy­choso­cial Reha­bil­i­ta­tion Pro­gram (PSR)

Our Psy­choso­cial Reha­bil­i­ta­tion Ser­vices (PSR) Pro­gram assists peo­ple (18 and old­er) in their recov­ery from severe and chron­ic men­tal ill­ness. PSR ser­vices are sim­i­lar to a class­room. The pur­pose is to help peo­ple with men­tal ill­ness build the skills need­ed to live, work, learn and par­tic­i­pate ful­ly in the community.

PSR ser­vices are designed for indi­vid­u­als who meet the fol­low­ing criteria:

  • Age 18 years or older
  • Has a pri­ma­ry diag­no­sis of a psy­chi­atric disorder
  • Is behav­ioral­ly appro­pri­ate for a group-struc­tured program

PSR cur­ricu­lum-based groups help indi­vid­u­als with:

  • Under­stand­ing and cop­ing with a psy­chi­atric disorder
  • 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 PSR 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)

If you or some­one you know may ben­e­fit from our PSR pro­gram, or you would like more infor­ma­tion, call KYC at 8475248800.

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 a 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 brochures for pro­grams cur­rent­ly being offered to chil­dren, teens and par­ents. All par­tic­i­pants are screened to deter­mine if the pro­gram is a good fit pri­or to participation.

  • Men­tor­ing — skill build­ing and pos­i­tive adult con­nec­tions for chil­dren and their parents.
  • Par­ent Men­tor­ing — fam­i­ly sup­port, par­ent-to-par­ent men­tor­ing and fam­i­ly resources.
  • Group Ther­a­py — edu­ca­tion, skill build­ing and psy­chother­a­py in a social­ly sup­port­ive environment.
  • Inten­sive Ado­les­cent Pro­gram — Exter­nal­iz­ing — a group pro­gram for act­ing-out teens that works close­ly with parents.
  • Inten­sive Ado­les­cent Pro­gram — Inter­nal­iz­ing — a group pro­gram for depressed and inter­nal­iz­ing teens that works close­ly with parents. 

2015 Inten­sive Ado­les­cent Ser­vices brochure 

Addi­tion­al­ly, our Child and Ado­les­cent Ser­vices also hosts a vari­ety of edu­ca­tion­al sem­i­nars and groups. Cur­rent edu­ca­tion­al groups avail­able are:

  • Par­ent Pow­er — Learn pos­i­tive par­ent­ing tech­niques instead of pun­ish­ment to bring about, and increase pos­i­tive behaviors.

SASS Pro­gram

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) 3459049.

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