What is FIRST.IL?

A specialized treatment approach that helps individuals who are between the ages of 14-40 and who have had a treated or untreated psychotic illness for no more than 18 months. Eligible diagnoses are schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, schizophreniform disorder or other specified/unspecified schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder with psychotic features, major depressive disorder with psychotic features and PTSD with dissociative symptoms.

  • Promotes early identification
  • Provides best treatment practices as soon as possible

A partnership of:

* Community Mental Health Agencies

Advocate Behavioral Health Services

938 W. Nelson Ave

Chicago, IL 60657

(773) 892-8135

www.advocatehealth.com

Bridgeway

2323 Windish Dr.

Galesburg, IL 61401

(309) 344-4204

www.bway.org

Centerstone

200 North Emerald Lane

Carbondale, IL 62901

(618) 713-1394

www.centerstone.org

Chestnut Health Systems (2 Locations)

Location#1:
50 Northgate Industrial Drive 

Granite City, IL 62040

(618) 314-5561 

Location#2:

1003 Martin Luther King Dr.

Bloomington, IL 61701

(309) 820-3540

www.chestnut.org

Grand Prairie Services

19400 North Creek Drive

Lynwood, IL 60411

(708) 985-3040

www.gpsbh.org

Human Resources Development Institute, Inc (HRDI)

340 E. 51st St.

Chicago, IL 60615

(866) 734-1266

www.hrdi.org

LifeLinks

750 Broadway Ave East

Mattoon, IL 61938

(217) 259-1237

www.lifelinksinc.org

Memorial Behavioral Health

710 North Eighth St.

Springfield, IL 62702

(217) 588-7928

www.memorialbehavioralhealth.org

Robert Young Center for Community Mental Health

2200 3rd Avenue

Rock Island, IL 61201

(309) 737-2489

www.unitypoint.org/quadcities/services-mental-heath-and-substanceabuse.aspx

Thresholds (2 Locations)

Location#1:

4101 N. Ravenswood Ave

Chicago, IL

(773) 432-6555

Location#2:

777 Oakmont Ln

Westmont, IL

www.thresholds.org/MindStrong

Trilogy Inc.

3737 W. Lawrence Ave

Chicago, IL 60625

(773) 564-4725

www.Trilogyinc.org

* IDHS Division of Mental Health

* Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)

FIRST.IL Program Treatment Goals

  • To reduce the symptoms of psychotic illnesses
  • To improve individual and family functioning
  • To reduce the chance of relapse
  • To promote recovery and improve the long-term course of the illness
  • To decrease the overall costs of treatment

FIRST.IL treatment is a manualized team-based approach:

  • Psychiatric Care

    • Focuses on providing medications and interventions
    • Emphasis on shared decision-making
  • Individual Resiliency Training

    • Helps clients gain insight into their illness and develop tools for coping
    • Focuses on strengthening problem-solving abilities
  • Supported Employment/ Education

    • Focuses on rapid return to or initiation of employment or education
    • Takes place at community sites
    • Is driven by clients' needs and preferences
  • Family Psychoeducation

    • Provides education about psychotic illnesses and assists families with problem-solving and communications
  • Recovery Support

    • Assistance in gaining greater independence
    • Linking to community resources
    • Help navigating systems
    • Help accessing and acquiring services
    • Assistance with educational goals
  • Case Management

    • Assists with coordination of medical and mental health care
    • Educates clients on community resources and assists with integration into the community
    • Provides feedback to the psychiatrist regarding clients' medication adherence, side effects or symptoms
    • Provides crisis management as needed

**The duration for FIRST.IL is typically three to five years, depending on client's needs and preferences.

FIRST.IL Treatment is Appropriate for individuals:

  • between 14-40 years of age
  • diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, schizophreniform disorder or other specified/unspecified schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder with psychotic features, major depressive disorder with psychotic features and PTSD with dissociative symptoms.
  • experiencing no more than 18 months of psychotic symptoms, whether treated or untreated;
  • And willing to consent to participate in at least two of the five treatment modalities

FIRST.IL is not appropriate for individuals:

  • with psychotic symptoms that are known to be caused by the temporary effects of substance abuse or another medical condition
  • with an intellectual disability that impairs their ability to understand all of the treatment components

** If the treatment team does not feel that FIRST.IL is the most appropriate treatment resource for an individual, he or she will be referred to other community resources

FIRST.IL Enrollment Process

  • Assessment: All calls to the dedicated FIRST telephone number are returned within 24 hours
  • Team Leader completes a phone screening and, if appropriate, an intake assessment
  • If FIRST.IL treatment is appropriate, appointment with team psychiatrist is expedited
  • Team psychiatrist makes final decision

** All clients who do not meet criteria are referred to the most appropriate resource.