Services Provided

Description of Services

Author: Behavioral Health Staff/Friday, August 23, 2013/Categories: SASS Program

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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.

  • Screening and Assessment Services
  • Crisis Intervention and Stabilization Services 
  • Intensive Outpatient Services
  • Individual Case Coordination
  • Linkages and Discharge Coordination
  • Psychiatric Resource Coordination
  • Coordination With Other Providers
  • Hospitalization Services
  • Family Resource Developer

The SASS program incorporates the following values and principles:

  1. Participate in the establishment of a single coordinated and cohesive service system for children. 
  2. Ensure that families experience less fragmentation when trying to access services. 
  3. Utilize and enhance early community based interventions and provide care coordination. 
  4. Provide comprehensive, coordinated community based treatment services in-lieu of hospitalization.
  5. Recommend hospitalization only when community resources are not available or appropriate so that children will be less likely to experience an unnecessary hospitalization. 
  6. Actively participate in hospital staffing’s and discharge planning to assure a seamless transition into the community. 
  7. Reduce recidivism and length of stay in psychiatric hospitals. 
  8. Provide advocacy and support for children, parents, caregivers and guardians. 
  9. Provide alternative supports that will coalesce around the needs of children (e.g., education, juvenile justice, alcohol and substance abuse and developmental disabilities).

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