Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4) will restore the delivery of clinical services that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and effectively address the needs of individuals with serious emotional disturbance (SED), serious mental illness (SMI), and co-occurring disorder (COD). The program grant will serve 1,500 unduplicated individuals over the two-year project period with grant funds.
C4 Chicago recognizes the needs of individuals with behavioral health conditions, including minority populations and economically disadvantaged communities, have not been met during the pandemic and that CMHC staff and other caregivers have been impacted. Therefore, C4 will provide culturally competent and community-based mental health services to adults and youth in the communities in Chicago. The goals of this program are to provide: 1) All new consumers requesting or being referred for mental health services will receive a trauma-informed screening, assessment, diagnosis, and patient-centered treatment planning and treatment delivery 2) C4 will provide trauma-informed, culturally sensitive, outpatient services for individuals (adult and youth) with SED, SMI, and COD in the service area. 3) C4 will provide clinical and recovery support through case management for referrals to social services, housing, educational systems, and employment opportunities as necessary to facilitate wellness and recovery of the whole person. 4) C4 will strengthen and sustain the infrastructure necessary to provide audio and audio-visual HIPAA compliant telehealth capabilities. 5) C4 will develop and provide resources to address the mental health needs of C4's CMHC staff.
All new consumers requesting or being referred for behavioral health services will receive a preliminary screening and risk assessment at the time of the first contact to determine the acuity of needs. That screening may occur telephonically. The preliminary screening will be followed by: (1) an initial evaluation and (2) a comprehensive person-centered and family-centered diagnostic and treatment planning evaluation.
C4 services clients and communities through behavioral health advocacy and social services, offering quality, comprehensive customer-oriented services tailored to the diversity of our consumers and communities. We provide comprehensive services to more than 7,500 at-risk children, adults, and families, through counseling and supportive services. We are the largest provider of community mental health services for youth on the West Side of Chicago. C4's work strengthens some of Chicago's most vulnerable residents; 100% are low-income, with 80% of our revenues coming from Medicaid. We are seeking support for both our West side teams, based at our offices in Humboldt Park serving the entirety of Westside of Chicago, and our North side offices which serve both the Northside of Chicago but also the surrounding Northern Cook County suburbs of Skokie, Niles, Evanston, and Glenbrook.