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.