The division of Behavioral Health has been providing community mental health services for the chronically mentally ill since the late 1950's when clients were given conditional discharges from the state psychiatric hospitals. It was the first community agency to receive grant-in-aid funding from the Department of Mental Health for the State of Illinois.
Since the late 1960's and 1970's, although there were no formal case management programs, it was standard practice for the staff to work with clients "in-the-field". The division has always been a strong advocate of community social casework, which has evolved into what we now call case management. The philosophy held is that community outreach oriented case management is a critical part of providing services for the severe and chronically mentally ill.
The cost of care shall not constitute a barrier that prevents consumers from accessing necessary Behavioral Health services. Our multiple funding sources and contractual obligations establish individualized expectations, reimbursement rates, and terms that legally obligate us to access and collect specific fees from the consumer. Within these legal obligations, the Division will inform consumers prior to the initiation of services and work with consumers to explore options for covering the cost of their care. No one will be denied access to services due to inability to pay. There is a discounted/sliding fee schedule available to qualified consumers. Eligibility is based on family size and income. More information regarding the sliding fee schedule and fee waiver is available to all clients in the consumer handbook.