A press release from the McHenry County 708 Mental Health Board:
Thresholds to Increase Local Programming for Adults with Mental Illness
Established in 1959, Thresholds provides healthcare, housing, and hope for thousands of persons with mental illnesses in Illinois each year.
Through care, employment, advocacy, and housing, Thresholds assists and inspires people with mental illnesses to reclaim their lives.
The McHenry County Mental Health Board is excited to announce that Thresholds, one of the oldest and largest providers of recovery services for persons with mental illnesses in Illinois, is increasing its McHenry County programming which began with Mental Health Board support in 1996.
As a result of current Mental Health Board support, community mental health funds will allow Thresholds to develop McHenry County’s first Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team.
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is a team-based treatment model designed to address the integrated health care needs of some of the most vulnerable residents of McHenry County.
The team approach will provide multidisciplinary, flexible treatment and support to people with mental illness 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model includes peer support specialists and practitioners with expertise in psychiatry, nursing, social work, substance abuse treatment, and employment linkage who work closely together to provide integrated and outreach‐oriented services.
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams aim to decrease hospitalizations and crisis episodes and increase community tenure/independent functioning; increase time working, in school or with social contacts; and personal satisfaction and autonomy.
Studies have shown that ACT is more effective than traditional treatment for people experiencing mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder and can reduce hospitalizations by 20%.
Overall, Thresholds, provides intensive community support through Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Community Support Team (CST), or Community Support Individual (CSI) models, depending on individual needs – to the residents throughout McHenry County.
Thresholds uses a multidisciplinary team approach to provide intensive services where and when individuals need them—in their homes, at work and in other community settings—24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For additional information regarding any providers or services supported by community mental health funds, please feel free to contact Scott Block, Mental Health Board Executive Director at 815-788-4364.
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This is different from what has been provided by Pioneer Center in that it is a self-contained treatment team, including a psychiatrist, said Scott Block, the 708 Board’s Executive Director.
Offices will maintained one block east of the Woodstock Square, where current programs originate, and at the Crystal Lake office of the Mental Health Board.