Eligibility for Services

Who is Eligible

The following is a list of eligibility requirements:

  • Parent/guardian must be a resident of the State of Illinois
  • The child must have a severe mental illness. (A severe mental illness is defined as a mental or emotional disorder which substantially impairs:thought, perception of reality, emotional process, judgment, behavior or ability to cope with the ordinary demands of several life domains.).     

Admissions Process

Description of the Admissions Process

Parents need to call 866-359-7953 (Illinois Collaborative for Access and Choice) to request an application for the Individual Care Grant. When the parents receive the application through the mail, the parents will call Will County Health Department at 815-727-5065 (Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.) and ask for the SASS Family Resource Developer (FRD).
Screening, Assessment and Support Services (SASS)

Screening, Assessment and Support Services (SASS)

Screening and Treatment for Children and Adolescents

The Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003, Illinois Public Act 93-0495, represents a significant opportunity for Illinois to promote the well being of children by maintaining them in the least restrictive settings, working with families in their home(s) or other natural environments, providing culturally and linguistically competent services, maintaining normalizing routines and activities, and allowing for earlier interventions to address growing problems. A requirement of the Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003 is to ensure the screening and assessment of children and adolescents prior to any admission to a hospital for inpatient psychiatric care for all children eligible for Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) Medical Programs. With the passage of this Act, HFS joined two other Illinois State Departments that have been funding screening and assessment services for children since 1992: the Department of Human Services (DHS) and Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). The three State Departments are now collaborating to implement the Screening, Assessment and Support Services (SASS) Program.

This statewide initiative: (1) provides screening, assessment and treatment of any child who may be at risk of psychiatric hospitalization and who is eligible for public funding under any program funded by one of the three collaborating Departments: (2) enhances access to coordinated community based mental health services either in lieu of or following inpatient care and screening; and (3) effectively links families and guardians to appropriate level of care to meet the mental health treatment needs of their child.

The CARES line contact information is 800-345-9049.

Services Provided

Description of Services

The following is a list of services one may receive if they are a participant in the Will County Health Department's Screening, Assessment and Support Services Program.

Eligibility for Services

Who is Eligible

The Crisis and Referral Entry Service (CARES) monitors the admission process into the SASS program and authorizes a SASS screening. CARES is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Admission Process

Information Regarding Admission to the SASS Program

The SASS program has a 24/7 staffing schedule with a backup schedule. SASS services are provided 365 days per year, 24 hours per day with acceptance of all referrals from CARES on a no-decline basis. The CARES line contact information is 800-345-9049.

Student Clinical Training Program

Student Clinical Training Program

Training for Interns and Practicum Students

The Clinical Training Program of the Behavioral Health Division of the Will County Health Department is an APPIC (Association of Postdoctoral and Internship Centers) accredited and ACEPT (Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training) member program that trains interns and practicum students from the numerous universities and professional schools in the Chicagoland area and from all other parts of the United States.

In addition to providing direct mental health service delivery, training staff assist with administrative functions, conduct outreach services, and participate in community projects and initiatives, such as Road to Reality and the Chicagoland ACEPT Practicum Fair. Additionally, they attend and participate in health department meetings, staffings, and events. 

The training for students offers applied practice of clinical psychology in a community mental health setting, a school-based mental health program (Youth Experiencing Success in Schools-Y.E.S.S.), the youth and adult crisis programs,and the forensic program.  In addition to direct service delivery and case management, students participate in weekly didactic training along with group and individual supervision. Doctoral candidates and Bachelor and Master level students are prepared for clinical practice and to be future leaders in service delivery, teaching and training. The supervisory training staff is comprised of several licensed psychologists who take a multi-cultural and interdisciplinary approach to service delivery, clinical application, teaching and instruction.

Adult Psychiatry

Adult Psychiatry

Providing Community Based Mental Health Outpatient Services

Adult Psychiatric Services are now handled at the Will County Health Department Community Health Center. Call 815-727-8670.

Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology

Provides Training to Doctoral Interns

The APPIC accredited Professional and Clinical Psychology Internship Program’s mission is to provide an organized training and educational experience in psychology to doctoral interns and to assist participants in developing proficiencies in the provision of psychological services to adults, children, families, and legally-involved individuals, in preparation for the role of clinical psychologist.

Psychodiagnostic Testing Practicum

Prepares Interns to Properly Assess Clients

The Professional and Clinical Training Program is part of the Division of Behavioral Health Programs of the Will County Health Department and a longstanding member of ACEPT (Association of Chicagoland Externship and Training). The training programs serve adults, children, and adolescents with serious emotional illness, and often chronic mental illness. Also included are forensic mental health consumers.
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