The Josselyn Center has been on the cutting edge of mental health care for more than 65 years.
Founded by visionary child psychiatrist Irene M. Josselyn, MD, a pioneer in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, The Center provided community mental health care to people of all ages long before the term came into vogue. The concept was (and remains) empowering people to stay at home--near school, work, and those who love them--rather than be relegated to higher levels from care away from home. This became more feasible in the 1950s, as new treatments were revolutionizing mental health services.
In 1951, when The Josselyn Center was founded, we were among the first in the nation to encourage a community approach to mental health. Groups like ours helped set the stage for a national movement that culminated in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy created the Community Mental Health Act.
Since then, The Josselyn Center has incubated many first-of-their-kind initiatives and sparked many ground-breaking partnerships. Some programs have gone on to become stand-alone social service providers that are staples of the community. Other activities are now widely established as best-practices. For example:
- In 1967, the community rallied to build The Center we now occupy, and kicked off a tradition of generous local partnership and support.
- In the 1970s, The Center was a vibrant force, helping many fledging social service programs take root, including Youth Services of Glenview, Youth Services of Northbrook (which have since merged), Angles, Winnetka Youth Organization, Glencoe Youth Services, Glencoe Jr. High Project, Haven, and the Warming House.
- In 2011, we opened Illinois' first Living Room to provide a compassionate alternative to the emergency room or jail for people facing a mental health crisis.
- In 2018, we purchased the adjacent building at 1779 Maple for administrative and development use, thus freeing eight additional offices in our clinical building at 405 Central.
Today, we are proud that it’s a new day at Josselyn! We are launching a growing number of innovative, effective new programs to improve the lives of those we serve:
- Tele-psychiatry (which uses a secure video link for remote therapy sessions) to increase the number and range of people we can help.
- A re-engineered intake process so that 97 percent of clients can schedule an appointment the same day they call.
- Our Josselyn Champions are psychiatrists who donate their time so we can serve more low-income and uninsured people.
Whatever the future brings, The Josselyn Center plans to keep leading the way, bringing quality, affordable mental health services to the 60 communities who rely on us.
In fact, we are Building for Mental Health right now. Our aim is to ensure we have compassionate, effective space for clients to heal, innovative programs, and the resources to survive a financial environment in which government funding is perpetually in jeopardy.
Help us ensure the future remains bright for the clients we serve!