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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.

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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.