Earlier in August, IDHS Secretary Michelle R.B. Saddler dropped in on a new program for people with mental illness. Launched this March, 2012, the Chicago Community Counseling Centers' (C4) Drop-In Center located at 5710 N Broadway. The center is open between the hours of 11AM and 4 PM five days a week with two staff members present, including a peer specialist. On a typical day, over fifty people participate in activities at the Center. The goal is to offer a safe haven for people living with a mental illness to receive peer support in their recovery. There are several peer-facilitated groups including a creative writing group, computer classes, a book club, and groups to discuss relationships, moods, and spirituality - all developed by peers. The Center has empowered the participants to develop their passions and skills while supporting each other throughout their recovery. As the Drop-in Center continues to grow, and consumers develop an increased sense of "ownership", activities including speakers, advocacy opportunities, and consumer leadership will ensure opportunities to enable the Center to become a vital resource in the community. The program supports the goals of the Williams Consent Decree to provide a range of community-based services for people with mental illness.
Illinois Department of Human ServicesJB Pritzker, Governor · Grace B. Hou, Secretary
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