Safe and at Peace through the Family Permanent Supportive Housing Program

Two people sit across from each other in a therapy office. A Black man, wearing a denim shirt and jeans has his hands outstretched and a slightly frustrated look on his face. The Black man sitting opposite him is wearing a button down shite shirt and grey slacks; he is writing in a notebook. Presumably, he's writing notes as the therapist in this mental health support session.

A Year in Review: Supporting HACC Residents

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Calling Skokie Home

3rd Annual Stride Into Skokie

Skokie, IL, 2023-On Saturday, September 30, 100 supporters and Impact staff walked at the third annual Stride into Skokie 5k walk.

The walk began at Timber Ridge park and concluded at the Skokie Heritage Museum, next door to the brand-new 16-unit Lanam Rapp Building.

At the endpoint of the event, walkers enjoyed a catered lunch from Village Inn Pizza and speeches from State Senator Laura Fine and Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen. After remarks from Impact’s Executive Director Patti Capouch, walkers were invited to tour the first floor of the Lanam Rapp Building.

Sponsors and walkers helped raise $46,000!

Impact serves over 700 individuals living with mental illness through Housing, Clinical, and Employment Services throughout Chicago and its suburbs. 

View highlights from Stride below or check out the full gallery of photos here.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for 16-unit Apartment Building

Skokie, IL July 26, 2023-Impact Behavioral Health Partners celebrated the completion of a 16-unit apartment building in downtown Skokie with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new building will provide permanent supportive housing to 16 participants.

“We chose Skokie as we knew it was a diverse and welcoming community,” explains Impact’s Executive Director Patti Capouch. “Our participants are often active members of the communities they live in and we know Skokie will be the perfect place for them to call home.”

Cook County Commissioner Josina Morita, Illinois State Senator Laura Fine, and Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen all spoke about the importance of this building to the community and the significance of the work that Impact Behavioral Health Partners does for participants. They were joined by representatives from IHDA, Equinix, Skokie Village, Synergy Construction, WJW Architects, Chrissy Swanson Consulting.

The 16-unit building is named the Lanam Rapp Building for the Lanam Rapp family and board member Renee Lanam’s dedication to the project and its completion.

Currently, Impact serves over 700 individuals per year throughout the Chicagoland area, with a steady increase in the number of participants served every year by its Housing, Clinical and Employment Programs. All of Impact’s participants are low-income and living with a diagnosed mental illness. Recently, Impact also began housing families at risk of homelessness where a head of household is living with mental illness.

Established as Housing Options for the Mentally Ill Evanston in 1988, Impact’s founding was a response to a need for supportive housing for adults living with mental illness as a safe and dignified alternative to homelessness or institutionalization. For 35 years, Impact has been providing mental health services and affordable supportive housing, growing from a single apartment building to possessing seven buildings and utilizing an additional 26 scattered site apartments in privately owned buildings. Impact serves participants through its wrap-around, long-term Housing, Clinical, and Employment Programs.

Read more in this Chicago Tribune article

Impact Awarded $250,000 in Funding from IL Department of Human Services

Skokie, IL June 20, 2023-Impact Behavioral Health Partners is excited to announce it is being awarded a $250,000 grant. The award comes from the Illinois Department of Human Services.

State Senator Laura Fine of Illinois’ 9th District, the Chair of the Behavioral and Mental Health Committee, requested the funding for Impact. “Impact Behavioral Health has had a tremendous influence on our community,” said Senator Fine. “The hard work and dedication of the organization to individuals and families will have life-long, stabilizing effects. This is a proven organization that is committed to improving the lives of others.”

“It is an honor to be recognized for our work and have the opportunity to expand our reach in the community,” states Impact’s Executive Director Patti Capouch.

Impact works to close the gap for affordable housing and mental health services for individuals living with mental illness and their families. The funding will go towards supporting and growing Impact’s crucial programs.

Currently, Impact serves over 700 individuals per year throughout the Chicagoland area, with a steady increase in the number of participants served every year by its Housing, Clinical and Employment Programs. All of Impact’s participants are low-income and living with a diagnosed mental illness. Recently, Impact also began housing families at risk of homelessness where a head of household is living with mental illness.

Established as Housing Options for the Mentally Ill Evanston in 1988, Impact’s founding was a response to a need for supportive housing for adults living with mental illness as a safe and dignified alternative to homelessness or institutionalization. For 35 years, Impact has been providing mental health services and affordable supportive housing, growing from a single apartment building to possessing seven buildings and utilizing an additional 26 scattered site apartments in privately owned buildings. Impact serves participants through its wrap-around, long-term Housing, Clinical, and Employment Programs.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune

Impact Wins National Award for Employment Program Innovations

Salt Lake City, UT- On May 23, 2023, Impact Behavioral Health Partners received the prestigious IPS Learning Community Transformation award for Outstanding Transformation to Implement IPS during the 17th Annual Meeting of the International IPS Learning Community. The award was presented to Impact Employment Program Supervisor Melissa Chavez and Impact Employment Program Manager Anna Sack.

Both the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) and the Illinois Division of Mental Health (DMH) nominated Impact for the award. The nomination was in recognition of Impact’s success expanding access to services to underserved populations. Darius McKinney, Illinois DMH Administrator of Community Programs, stated that Impact is one of Illinois’ “go to agencies” when the state develops new initiatives.

The Individual Placement and Support (IPS) program model is an evidence-based model of supported employment developed at Dartmouth College. IPS is specifically designed to integrate employment into mental health treatment. IPS employment programs are widely used around the world to support individuals in meeting their employment goals.

Impact launched its IPS Employment Program over a decade ago to serve participants in Impact’s Housing Program. Since then, the Employment Program has expanded to provide services in partnership with a variety of community mental health centers, social service agencies, and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) throughout Chicagoland. The FQHC partnership, which targets communities not traditionally served by IPS service providers, was the basis of Impact’s nomination for the award.

“We are so grateful to receive this award from the entire IPS learning community. One of our top priorities and goals has been expanding our services to further reach marginalized groups in the Chicagoland area. To be recognized for this achievement is an honor and truly shows the amazing and hard work our IPS team has been doing over the years,” says Anna Sack, Impact’s Employment Program Manager.

Smiling employment program staff and posing with award plaque and conference attendees.

Impact partners with the Housing Authority of Cook County for behavioral healthcare coordination services

Cook County, IL-Impact Behavioral Health Partners was one of two agencies selected to provide behavioral healthcare coordination services at Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) properties. On Tuesday May 16, community members gathered at the Armond King Apartments in Skokie to announce the partnership. Cook County Board of Commissioners President Toni Preckwinkle, Commissioner Josina Morita, Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen, Impact Executive Director Patti Capouch, and others spoke in support of behavioral healthcare services for HACC residents.

“We have participants who have been housed with Impact for 15, 20, and even 30 years, and an average length of stay of nine years,” says Patti Capouch, Executive Director of Impact Behavioral Health Partners. ” We look forward to bringing our expertise in providing long-term housing stability and clinical services to HACC residents. There is a significant need for this type of support, and it’s an honor to be chosen for this partnership.”

Read the full press release from HACC below:

The Housing Authority of Cook County and Cook County Health partner to place behavioral health care coordinators in public housing communities throughout suburban Cook County

$5.8 million behavioral health initiative to benefit HACC residents at 18 housing sites

(COOK COUNTY, IL) — Today, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced that, thanks to a partnership with Cook County Health (CCH), the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) has added behavioral health care coordinators to all 18 HACC public housing communities. Thanks to federal funding provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), HACC behavioral health care coordinators will play a proactive role in ensuring that Housing Authority residents receive resources that foster mental health, physical health, and will also provide referrals to other healthcare resources when necessary. This includes case management, therapy/counseling, housing stability support and workforce development.

“Access to quality behavioral health care is a fundamental right, and we are committed to ensuring that every resident of the Housing Authority of Cook County has the support they need,” said President Preckwinkle. “Today, we are proud to stand with our partners and Board of Commissioners to announce the placement of behavioral health care coordinators at all our public housing communities in suburban Cook County. This initiative will bridge the gap between mental health services and our residents, providing comprehensive support where it’s needed the most. Together, we will foster a healthier and more resilient Cook County.”

The behavioral health initiative is funded with $5.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars allocated by the Cook County Board of Commissioners to be overseen by Cook County Health. As a provider of physical and behavioral health care, Cook County Health is supporting this initiative with clinical and operational expertise. The health system assisted in the development of key performance indicators and will provide guidance and support for the program.

“The Housing Authority of Cook County is proud to collaborate with Cook County Health and the Office of the President to the launch of this monumental initiative,” said Richard Monocchio, HACC Executive Director. “We are hopeful that this initiative will become a permanent fixture for the residents that reside within the jurisdiction of the Housing Authority of Cook County.”

“Mental health is an essential part of your well-being, yet too often dealing with a mental health challenge is a silent, internal struggle. Cook County Health is pleased to work with HACC to reduce barriers to mental health care through this initiative and we look forward to continuing to support these essential services,” said Israel Rocha, CEO, Cook County Health.

Services are being provided by two behavioral healthcare organizations, Impact Behavioral Health Partners and Grand Prairie Services. Due to the vast size of Cook County and the number of HACC properties, Impact Behavioral Health Partners will provide services to residents in Northern Cook County while Grand Prairie Services will provide services to residents in Southern and Western Cook County.

Grand Prairie Services has provided quality comprehensive healthcare services for over 70 years.  Services are provided in an integrated healthcare environment which addresses the physical, mental, behavioral health and housing needs of individuals and families. The organization began in 1950 as a counseling agency in Park Forest and then merged in 1956 with social service groups representing Park Forest, Chicago Heights, Homewood and Harvey. Grand Prairie Services is led by President & CEO, Dr. Sharronne Ward, Project Director Wendell Brown, Tim Moore,  Kimberly Shelton-Mamon, and Shelia Winters.  

“GPS is committed to offering a comprehensive continuum of professional behavioral healthcare services to children, adolescents, adults, and seniors living in the thirty-two municipalities of Bloom, Bremen, Rich, and Thornton townships,” said Dr. Sharronne Ward. “These vital services are provided by a staff of 130 individuals – we are excited to bring our expertise and resources to HACC residents.”

Impact Behavioral Health Partners is led by Executive Director Patti Capouch and provides comprehensive housing, clinical, and employment services to adults living with mental illness. Founded as Housing Options for the Mentally Ill Evanston in 1988, Impact has grown from possessing one building to serving over 450 individuals throughout Chicago and its suburbs every year. Impact’s vision is to close the gap in accessibility of care for low-income and housing-insecure individuals living with mental illness, ensuring all Chicago area residents have access to the supportive services and housing they need to thrive in their communities.

“We have participants who have been housed with Impact for 15, 20, and even 30 years, and our average length of stay is nine years,” says Patti Capouch, Executive Director of Impact Behavioral Health Partners. “We look forward to bringing our expertise in providing long-term housing stability and clinical services to HACC residents. There is a significant need for this type of support, and it’s an honor to be chosen for this partnership.” In 2021, 1 in 5 adults experienced mental illness and 1 in 3 teens reported poor mental health nationally. Mental health concerns impact every demographic, every age, every socioeconomic stratum. While mental illness is often treatable, some HACC residents face additional barriers to care. Many elderly and disabled residents are isolated, without loved ones monitoring their health, some also have limited mobility. Many residents live with untreated mental and behavioral health conditions. These health issues interfere with residents’ quality of life, especially when they co-occur with other health issues, and may worsen neighbors’ quality of life as well.