Individual Care Grant (ICG)

Individual Care Grant (ICG)

The Individual Care Grant is a financial grant provided by the State of Illinois to assist parents or private guardians in paying the costs of residential care for mentally ill children under the age of 21.
Adult Mental Health Program

Adult Mental Health Program

The Adult Services Program of the Will County Health Department Division of Behavioral Health Programs provides outpatient community mental health services for Will County residents who have symptoms of a serious mental illness, and in some cases with concurrent substance abuse, that are serious obstacles to community functioning.
Individual Care Grant (ICG)

Individual Care Grant (ICG)

Grant Helps to Pay for Care of Children

The Individual Care Grant is a financial grant provided by the State of Illinois to assist parents or private guardians in paying the costs of residential care for mentally ill children under the age of 21. With approval, the grant may also be utilized to provide in-home supports so the child can remain in his/her home, school and community.

Effective treatment of children and adolescents with mental illness requires a partnership between the families of these children and the various service providers.Service providers include, but are not limited to, the Department of Human Services, the mental health agencies, residential facilities, school districts, park districts, professionals and other private providers.This partnership is based in a value of collaboration and cooperation between all those concerned with the welfare of our children and who provide for them in one or more areas of their life.

Services Provided

Description of Services

The following is a list of services provided by the Individual Care Grant. (ICG)

  • Provide families with information that will help in the decision of applying for an Individual Care Grant
  • Assist families with the documentation compilation necessary to apply for an ICG
  • Assist families in submitting a completed ICG application

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.

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