Approach and Impact
Mental illness is common, serious, and treatable. Yet, it is not given the funding priority of other medical conditions. Moreover, it remains shrouded in stigma. People affected by mental illness are too often left isolated and misunderstood, with no place to turn for help.
- One in five Americans is affected by mental illness each year.
- One in six residents of Chicago's northern suburbs is eligible for Medicaid.
- More people with mental illness are treated in jails than by a mental health facility of any kind.
- A growing number of psychiatrists are opting out of insurance networks. This is especially true for Medicaid, “which is the largest payer of mental health services in the United States and disproportionately serves those with the most severe and disabling mental health disorders such as schizophrenia.”Why? Because Medicaid only reimburses about half the cost of providing the services.
The Josselyn Center provides high quality mental health services. We make the most of every penny, developing innovative, compassionate programs that improve the quality of life for our clients. We work to dispel stigma through education, outreach, and advocacy. Most importantly, we build relationships with individuals, foundations, and other supporters who share our belief that access to mental health care must be a priority in our communities.
- We serve more than 1,100 individuals and their families each year.
- 97 percent of our clients pay reduced fees; 59 percent are Medicaid recipients.
- A few recent accomplishments include:
- Partnered with Maine Township to bring psychiatric services to this community in the wake of the sudden closing of The Maine Center,
- Opened an Art Therapy program, and re-opened our Drop-In Center and Living Room,
- Launched a community outreach program bringing quality care to those who can’t get to The Center,
- Re-engineered our intake process so that 97% of clients can schedule an appointment the same day they call, which cleared the decks of waiting lists, and
- Started the Josselyn Champions initiative, which enlists psychiatrists to provide pro bono services through The Center to help address the shortage of psychiatric services for low income individuals.
- Launched telepsychiatry, which uses secure video links to increase access to this scarce resource.
We’ve been bringing health and hope to our friends and neighbors since 1951. We are proud of our clients, their families, and the ways in which we walk with them.
- The Josselyn Center is the only provider of psychiatric services for people who use Medicaid in 375 square miles.
- Our clients come from more than 60 communities, including (in order of number of people served in 2016):
- Highland Park
- Des Plaines
- Arlington Heights
- We help students stay in school, adults stay employed, and families stay together.
- We partner with police, who too often are America’s first line of mental health services, so people in crisis can receive the supportive care they need.
- Our team of volunteers, donors, and partners is growing exponentially.
- We help destigmatize mental illness by opening conversations and increasing awareness.
Even so, if everyone helps a little, there is so much more we can do! Check back soon for an update.