The Thresholds Center for Recovery program, located at several locations throughout the Chicagoland area, is designed to help people with severe mental illness develop the skills to live successfully in the community while also fostering meaningful friendships with others.
Based on the idea of a "club house," where people come to socialize, the program is an informal place to find common ground and develop relationships. More than a social program, though, the program also offers a structured array of programming options that are individually designed to meet personal needs.
Individual or group therapy
Medication monitoring and training
On and Off-site job support
Socialization activities (includes a combination of didactic, problem solving, therapeutic, and recreational groups)
The program is distinguished by intensive case management through home visiting services. Outreach workers, operating as a team, see members wherever they may be--usually at their homes, but seldom in program offices. Usually for members at high risk for hospitalization,Outreach workers provide one-on-one rehabilitation in the community. This "assertive" model of care helps to break a cycle of repeated psychiatric admission. Services are provided on a time unlimited basis.
Independent living assistance (money management, transportation, shopping)
Resource coordination (e.g., physical health care, dental, legal, etc.)
The Thresholds Residential Program offers a variety of community housing including supervised group homes and independent living apartments for people with severe mental illness. The level of clinical supervision depends on individual needs. Currently, the agency manages more than 40 residential developments in the Chicagoland area, totaling about 600 beds.
A Thresholds residence is more than shelter. Residents are taught basic living skills, including diet, hygiene, and money management. Many residences also offer opportunities to develop friendships through communal living and shared activities.
Prevent psychiatric hospitalization
Attain independent living skills necessary to live in the community
Move to a more independent level of housing
Rehabilitative stabilization services
Individual and group counseling
Client centered consultation
Skill enhancing activities
Thresholds provides supervised vocational skills training in a structured and supported environment. Additionally, teams of job support and placement staff assist members in their vocational pursuits.
Services include vocational assessment, career exploration, assistance with job placement, job coaching and on the job support.
The Thresholds vocational program is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor for its outstanding effort in assuring equal employment opportunity and affirmative action for people with mental illness. The agency was honored with the Department of Labor's Exemplary Public Interest Contribution award in 1996.
Skills training for members with vocational goals
Development of linkages with employers in the business community.
Aggressive job placement for work-ready members
Ongoing job support for working members
Development of several small businesses designed to employ persons graduating from the Thresholds program.
Center for Recovery
Mental Health Recovery Program
Psychiatric rehabilitation and community support for adults with mental illness in Kankakee County.
Pledge for Life Partnership Initiative
189 E. Court Street, Suite 403
Kankakee, IL 60901