Caregiver & Parent Support

MENTAL HEALTH - IMMEDIATE INTERVENTION

A mental health crisis is an incident where there is concern for the immediate safety or well-being of an individual. Examples of a crisis are thoughts of harming one's self, harming others, or when safety may be compromised as a result of mental health needs.


Intervention strategies for juveniles in crisis include:


CARES 800-345-9049 (773-523-4504 TTY) - statewide number for youth in crisis. The program serves qualifying youth ages 0-21 who have Medicaid or youth ages 0-17 who are uninsured. The caregiver contacts CARES directly to determine if a youth qualifies for services. If yes, a SASS (Screening, Assessment, and Support Services) Worker will be dispatched to the youth's location for assessment. If no, additional interventions need to be pursued.

https://www.illinois.gov/hfs/MedicalProviders/behavioral/sass/Pages/default.aspx


911 - local law enforcement agencies/fire & rescue/EMS (Emergency Medical Services) respond to all calls for help, including instances where a juvenile's mental health concerns are urgent and could result in safety concerns if intervention is not provided.


Local Emergency Department - medical personnel are available to conduct a mental health assessment at the nearest hospital emergency room when warranted.


Adults also experience crises. Help is available:


DuPage County Health Department Crisis Services (630-627-1700) - available 24/7, 365 days per year to adults residing in DuPage County experiencing a mental health crisis or in need of additional supports for mental health symptoms. Crisis calls are answered by trained counselors. 


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-TALK) - provides support and intervention to callers feeling hopeless or suicidal. This is a national line and is available 24/7, 365 days per year. 


NAMI DuPage, The Living Room (630-752-0066) - peer-led alternative to the traditional Emergency Room for those with mental illness crises. The Living Room is a comfortable, non-clinical setting that provides guests a safe and calming atmosphere to talk with a peer counselor. The guest is first assessed for safety and asked for preliminary information. They are then paired with a peer counselor who can talk them through the immediate crisis by offering empathetic listening, practical solutions, and additional resources. Available Monday-Friday, 3pm-8pm. http://namidupage.org/resources/living-room/


911 - local law enforcement/fire & rescue/EMS (Emergency Medical Services) agencies respond to all calls for help, including instances where mental health concerns are urgent and could result in safety concerns if intervention is not provided.


Local Emergency Department - medical personnel are available to conduct a mental health assessment at the nearest hospital emergency room when warranted.



MENTAL HEALTH - NON-EMERGENCY INTERVENTION

Non-Emergency Services are also available for adults and adolescents prior to getting to the point of a crisis.


Illinois Mental Health Collaborative, Warm Line (866-359-7953) - offers support via phone to individuals with mental health challenges and/or their families. The Warm Line uses Peer and Family Support Specialists (individuals who have first-hand, lived experiences) who have been trained in recovery support, mentoring, and advocacy. The Warm Line is not a crisis hotline but is a source of support for recovery. Available Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Select Option #2, then Option #5.  

http://www.illinoismentalhealthcollaborative.com/news/The_Warm_Line_Peer_and_Family_Support_by_Telephone.pdf     


Local Behavioral Health Hospitals:  

Central DuPage Hospital 

630-933-4000   

Elgin Mental Health Center 

847-742-1040  

Elmhurst Memorial 

630-941-4577  

Glen Oaks Hospital 

630-545-6160  

Good Samaritan Hospital 

630-275-6000  

Hinsdale Hospital 

630-856-5284  

Linden Oaks Hospital at Edward 

630-305-5500  

Streamwood Behavioral Health Care 

630-837-9000     


DuPage County Health Department (630-682-7400) - goal is to strengthen the functioning of families by assisting a child or adolescent with severe emotional problems. Support and education is available to family members.  

http://www.dupagehealth.org/child-and-adolescents-behavior-and-mental-health-services     


NAMI DuPage, Basics Class - free, six -week course for caregivers of a juvenile with mental illness. The class is taught by other parents with similar life experiences.  

http://namidupage.org/programs-and-services/educational-classes/family-education-classes/     


NAMI DuPage, Family to Family Class - free, twelve-week course for family members that have a loved one with a mental health condition. The class is taught by other family members with lived experience.   

http://namidupage.org/programs-and-services/educational-classes/family-education-classes/


SAMHSA Treatment Locator (1-800-662-HELP [4357]) 1-800-487-4889 (TTY) - SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. Use SAMHSA's treatment locator to find local mental health providers in DuPage County. Call to get direct assistance or use SAMHSA's online tool to locate providers on your own. When using the website, be sure to check the box next to "Mental Health."  

https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/


Therapist Locator - use these search engines to locate a therapist in your area. You can filter your search by need, treatment style, location, therapist demographics, and type of insurance accepted.  

Psychology Today https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/il/du-page-county  

Good Therapy https://www.goodtherapy.org/find-therapist.html

Substance Use

DuPage County Prevention Leadership Team (PLT)

The PLT is a local community coalition working to reduce youth substance use and increase mental wellness. Their resource page offers links to information about substance use and the adolescent population. One resource ("Parental Guide-Drug Facts and Getting the Conversation Started") shares facts and ideas for ways to have discussions about substance use with youths. 

http://www.dupageplt.org/resources/

Support Groups for Non-Users

Al-Anon - group fellowship opportunity for friends and family members of problem drinkers. Support meetings occur in person, via phone, and online.  

http://www.niafg.org/     


Nar-Anon - group fellowship opportunity for friends and family members of individuals with drug addiction. Support meetings occur in person.  

http://www.naranonmidwest.org/meetings/illinois-meetings/

Find Local Substance Use Treatment Providers

SAMHSA Treatment Locator (800-662-HELP) (4357) - SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. Use SAMHSA's treatment locator to find local substance use providers in DuPage County. Call to get direct assistance or use SAMHSA's online tool to locate providers on your own. When using the website, be sure to check the box next to "Substance Abuse."     

https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/


Therapist Locator - use these search engines to locate a therapist in your area. You can filter your search by need, treatment style, location, therapist demographics, and type of insurance accepted.  Search for "Addiction" to locate substance use providers.

Psychology Today https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/il/du-page-county  

Good Therapy https://www.goodtherapy.org/find-therapist.html


Meeting Locator - this website outlines features of a FREE app to find local AA support group meetings.  https://meetingguide.org/

NOFAS Illinois

NOFAS (National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) (202-785-4585) seeks to promote education, advocacy, and support to prevent alcohol use during pregnancy. 

https://www.nofas.org/


NOFAS Illinois 

http://nofasillinois.org/?page_id=257

Family Support

Taking care of a juvenile can be challenging. Support is available. Below are a few links to organizations who provide emotional support, education, and/or information though various other formal options are available. Informal support can be offered by extended family, friends, churches, and other community-based groups.  It is normal to feel overwhelmed and stressed when in a caregiver role. It is important for caregivers to care for themselves. Asking for help is often an important step. Support is available. You do not have to do it alone.   


Project HELP (630-357-LOVE) - offers a FREE, in-home Parent Mentor Program and a FREE, three week Parent Education Workshop. Also offers FREE online developmental milestone assessment (children under five) and a confidential mental health screening tool. (A screening tool does not diagnose mental illness but can help identify individuals who may benefit from reaching out to a mental health provider.)  

http://www.projecthelpdupage.org/     


National Parent Helpline (855-427-2736) - offers emotional support from a trained advocate 8am - 5pm CST.    

http://www.nationalparenthelpline.org/     


Parents Matter Too - discusses practical strategies within a supportive group of parents. Develop parenting skills and gain knowledge about the risks and stresses kids are facing. You can discuss your concerns with an expert and receive support as you weigh options and make decisions. Conversational Circles offer an in-person opportunity to speak with other parents about challenges and solutions. Resource pages outline links and contact information for other available services in the community.  

https://parentsmattertoo.org/ 

https://parentsmattertoo.org/ask-the-expert-live/

https://parentsmattertoo.org/join-a-conversation-circle/

https://parentsmattertoo.org/find-parenting-resources/


National Domestic Violence Hotline (800-799-7233) - offers confidential advocacy, support, and service coordination 24/7. Bilingual advocates available.       http://www.thehotline.org/


NOFAS Illinois - the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) - seeks to prevent alcohol use during pregnancy. This is accomlished through through education, advocacy and support. NOFAS Illinois offers a monthly support group for parents and is held in Naperville. http://nofasillinois.org/?page_id=298

To join a support group, contact Ajeet Charate at acharate@trinity-services.org


The Neurofeedback, Counseling and FASD Institute of Illinois (NCFII) (630-548-4501) - offers support groups for parents and siblings of persons with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) 


Stopbullying.gov - offers a variety of resources and information about bullying. Bullying is defined and sections specific to parents and youth are available. Warning signs a youth may be experiencing bullying are outlined in the link below.

https://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/warning-signs/index.html


Glenbard Parent Series: Navigating Healthy Families - offers free, community-based lectures and presentations by local and national experts in a variety of fields dealing with youth. Topics cover many issues facing today's youth. Some programs are presented in Spanish and a specialized series is also available - FUSE: Families United in Support of Equality and Excellence for African-American Students (Co-Sponsored by the DuPage Brance of the NAACP).      


*Advanced registration is not required.*         


 2018-19 Calendar of Events

http://www.glenbardgps.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/270837_GDE-053018.pdf


On Balance - Naperville-based organization that supports parents and caregivers by sharing current  parenting and educational resources, news, strategies, and inspiration from leading voices in a variety of fields.  

https://www.onbalanceparenting.org/


On Balance is collaborating with Artisan Clinical Associates to offer Heart Talks: Parenting Courageously. This is a monthly group conversation which builds on lessons from the book "The Gift of Failure" by Jessica Lahey. Groups begin 9/18/18 and meet the third Tuesday of every month from 7-8:30pm. This event is FREE but requires advance registration. Please visit www.eventcombo.com/e/heart-talks-parenting-courageously-32287 to reserve your spot.


*Please see the YOUTH section of our website for supports specifically intended for youth.*

Expungement

Expungement can be a challenging process to understand. There may be costs associated with expungement. The links below can help you understand what types of juvenile cases can be expunged and how to request the process in eligible cases. These resources offer answers to frequently asked questions, definitions associated with the process, and links to important documents. 


The Illinois legislature made important changes to expungement laws, effective January 1, 2018.  Public Act 100-0285 http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=100-0285     


Additional resources are listed below. If you still have questions, contact the attorney involved in your case for guidance.     


Illinois Legal Aid Online

https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/legal-information/expunging-juvenile-record               


The Office of the State Appellate Defender

https://www2.illinois.gov/osad/Expungement/Documents/Juvenile%20Exp%20Guide/JuvenileExpungementGuide.pdf         


DuPage County Clerk of the Circuit Court    

https://www.dupageco.org/CourtClerk/3360/     


Illinois Supreme Court - Approved Statewide Documents http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/Forms/approved/expungement/expungement.asp

Youth Connections Magazine

Spring 2018

Issue Highlights:

  • Facts About e-Cigarettes
  • How to Avoid Raising Co-Dependent Kids
  • Teen Talking vs. Texting

https://issuu.com/edgemarketing/docs/ycmag_dupage_april2018_issuu?e=2028139/59391421

Fall 2017

Issue Highlights:

  • 40 Developmental Assets: Setting Boundaries & Expectations
  • Restorative Justice at Home
  • Talking to Teens About Consent

https://issuu.com/edgemarketing/docs/ycmag_dupage_nov2017_issuu