Kane County Association for Individual Development Proposes Taking on Pioneer Center’s Adult Mental Health Counseling Role

The 708 Board Building at 620 Dakota Street Crystal Lake.

The 708 Board Building at 620 Dakota Street Crystal Lake.

On Monday, the Association for Individual Development, seeks to take over adult out-patient behavioral health services currently provided by Pioneer Center.

AID was established in 1961, serving Fox River Valley residents from Yorkville north through Huntley. AID began as a special education school for 8 children.

Over the past 54 years, AID has grown in response to community needs, beginning with job placement, developmental training and residential services in the 1970s, and adding a comprehensive array of behavioral health out-patient, residential, and crisis intervention services when Elgin Mental Health Center closed.

AID currently provides behavioral health and developmental disability services for children and adults, both in- home and community based, as well as 24 hour, mobile crisis response, crisis intervention, stabilization and Victims Services in partnership with first responders.

AID’s programs supported more than 5,200 children and adults and their families last fiscal year in 42 separate locations throughout Kane, Kendall, DeKalb, and McHenry Counties.

AID President/CEO Lynn O’Shea makes the following request be considered Monday at 5 PM McHenry County708  Mental Health Board meeting follows:

Request to the McHenry County Community Mental Health Board

AID proposes to assume operation of the Adult Out-Patient Behavioral Health Clinic services currently operated by Pioneer Center on May 2, 2016.

These programs have a current enrollment of approximately 900 adults receiving services from approximately 34 employees at Pioneer’s Woodstock and McHenry out-patient clinics.

AID would lease these current locations, and offer employment to current staff to make this transition as seamless as possible for clients and their families.

In order to make the transition financially viable for AID, we are requesting the MCMHB provide a one-time grant for $300,000 covering the first two months when staff productivity is ramping up to targeted levels.

Staff will have to undergo AID’s new hire procedures including background and licensing checks, drug testing and other state required screenings.

They will also need to learn AID’s Cloud-based Electronic Medical Record, Electronic Medication Administration Record and Electronic Billing Systems to perform at peak service and documentation efficiency.

AID’s IT staff will set up all systems, trial test, provide staff training and technical assistance (on-site and remotely). We anticipate that staff will achieve 100% productivity by the 3rd month.

AID is also requesting the Board’s consideration to fund $300,000 in FY’17 for Operating Support including 4 positions of RN, Quality Improvement (LPHA), IT/Billing Specialist and Program Manager which are not billable through Medicaid, These positions are essential to maximize staff productivity and recordkeeping compliance.

With respect to the $235,000 grant that Pioneer Center has to serve uninsured clients, AID respectfully requests that this grant be transferred from Pioneer to AID effective Dec. 1, 2016.

I have enclosed a more detailed budget projection identifying the anticipated operating revenues and expenses for the last 7 months of this fiscal year and FY 17. AID’s request for grant support from the MCMHB is summarized as follows: AID 708 Bd request FY 16 + 17


Kane County Association for Individual Development Proposes Taking on Pioneer Center’s Adult Mental Health Counseling Role — 1 Comment

  1. Good thing the County has the 708 Board tax on property to pay for all of these services by third parties!

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