Impact Behavioral Health Partners expands housing services into Skokie

Skokie, IL – Impact Behavioral Health Partners will soon expand its Housing Services Program into Skokie, IL. The Reva and David Logan Foundation has purchased a six-unit apartment building near downtown that will be operated and managed by Impact, who will then purchase the building at cost over the next few years.

The new building consists of one-bedroom units to be utilized as part of Impact’s Permanent Supportive Housing Program (PSH). The program provides independent housing and supportive services to adults living with mental illness. Impact has been providing PSH services for over 33 years in the Evanston community. This started with a single apartment building in 1988, with Impact gradually acquiring five more buildings throughout the area. The new building, acquired in partnership with the Reva and David Logan Foundation will be Impact’s seventh building and the first one outside of Evanston.

“We are thrilled to become a part of the Skokie community,” says Patti Capouch, Impact’s Executive Director. “Skokie offers a unique combination of opportunities and amenities to their residents which makes it a desirable location for the housing services we provide.” Vince Heneghan, Impact’s Director of Operations who oversaw the acquisition added, “The easy access to the incredible education, transportation, and employment opportunities available in Skokie will greatly increase the quality of life for our participants and lead to far more successful outcomes.”

Currently, Impact serves over 300 individuals with mental illness each year through its Housing, Clinical, and Employment services throughout Chicago and its northern suburbs. It has seen a steady increase in the number of participants served each year. All of Impact’s participants are low-income and the majority struggle with homelessness and housing insecurity. The new apartment building will address a critical need in the community for affordable, long-term housing for a vulnerable population.

Impact hosts first Virtual Town Hall (2021)

On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, Impact hosted its first ever Virtual Town Hall event to share important information and exciting updates. Moderated by board president Kathleen Gillespie, the event featured speakers from Impact’s leadership team including Executive Director Patti Capouch, Director of Operations Vince Heneghan, and Director of Participant Services Christopher Knoper.

Topics centered around the expansion of Impact’s services, including the expansion of the Housing Services Program into Skokie, IL and the tremendous growth of the Employment Program through new and exciting partnerships.

Watch the full video below.

Employment Program Chosen for National Study

At the beginning of March, Impact’s Employment Services Program launched the Building Evidence on Employment Strategies for Low-Income Families Project (BEES) pilot study in partnership with the MDRC research group. The BEES study aims to examine the effectiveness of Impact’s Employment program when implemented at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) among participants with dual diagnoses of mental illness and substance use disorders. The study’s funding will come primarily from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Impact’s employment program uses the IPS model of employment services, a nationally recognized best practice for individuals living with mental illness. IPS has been utilized by Impact’s Employment Program for over five years, growing from a single employment specialist to a team that provides services in partnership with almost a dozen social service and behavioral health agencies throughout Chicago and its suburbs. During that time, Impact has developed a track record of success, most recently maintaining a job placement rate of 68%–well above Illinois’s average rate of 30% among employment service agencies.

Typically, IPS services take place at community mental health agencies, where employment staff work alongside clinicians to provide comprehensive support to individuals with mental illness who are seeking employment. By contrast, FQHCs typically provide a broad range of primary and behavioral healthcare services to low-income and medically underserved communities—many of whom would otherwise struggle to access standalone mental health services.

The main site for the BEES study will be PCC Community Wellness Center, located in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood where Impact has been providing a limited amount of employment services at PCC Wellness for several years.

“With this study, we can expand our services to serve more individuals from historically under-resourced communities, and we’re thrilled to finally be able to meet the demand that has come from PCC Wellness. The original idea for the BEES study came out of talks with the National IPS Center, describing to them the work that we were already doing. The most exciting part is that there are FQHCs all over the country—this study could have a national impact!

-Christopher Knoper, Impact’s Director of Participant Services

Impact Welcomes Laurie Flanagan, Director of Development

Impact is please to announce the hiring of Laurie Flanagan as Director of Development. Laurie has a passion for bringing together diverse stakeholders to help organizations thrive. She takes pride in her ability to work collaboratively with staff, board members, foundations, and donors to reach resource development goals. “I look forward to working with the experienced and passionate staff here at Impact to expand the reach of their services to individuals living with serious mental illness,” says Laurie.

Prior to joining Impact, Laurie was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts 4-H Foundation, where she raised money to support and enhance 4-H youth development and STEM programs throughout the state. Her professional career also includes 12 years spent at D.C. Heath and Company, an educational publisher, where she was the Director of International Marketing and Sales, a role that took her all over the world.

Laurie is a native New Englander, growing up in a 6th generation dairy farming family from Maine. Laurie graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, ME with a B.A. in Economics. She and her husband moved from Boston to Evanston to be closer to their daughter, son-in-law, and their three grandsons.

Impact Receives Funding for New 16-Unit Building in Skokie

We are pleased to announce that Impact Behavioral Health Partners has been awarded over $6 million dollars from the Illinois Housing Development Authority to develop and operate a 16- unit Supportive Housing building in downtown Skokie as part of our agency’s strategy to increase affordable housing for our community’s most vulnerable members.

Read the full story here on the Chicago Tribune website.