In an effort to provide improved coordination in the delivery of mental health services to youth, the state of Illinois developed the Screening, Assessment and Support Services (SASS) program for children and adolescents experiencing a mental health crisis. SASS provides intensive mental health services for children and youth who may need hospitalization for mental health care.
This can be accessed through the CARES line (Crisis and Referral Entry Services) and should be called in the event of a mental health crisis. The CARES line can be reached at 800-345-9049 (Voice) 773-523-4504.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Illinois, is a not-for-profit membership organization created to improve the lives of individuals and families challenged by mental illness. In collaboration with NAMI National, Illinois affiliates and other like-minded organizations, influence public policies, provide up to date education and support programs, and increase public awareness and understanding of mental illness.
Department of Human Services (DHS) provide our state’s residents with streamlined access to integrated services, especially those who are striving to move from welfare to work and economic independence, and others who face multiple challenges to self-sufficiency. DHS offers community-based prevention and intervention programs for children and adolescents.
The SAMHSA Health Information Network (SHIN) includes the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) and the National Mental Health Information Center (NMHIC) . SHIN connects the behavioral health workforce and the general public to the latest information on the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders.
To help make the assessment, admissions and treatment process easier on parents. We have created a parent handbook to help family members become oriented with Chicago Children’s Center for Behavioral Health.