Homelessness & Mental Health Services
Access to Services
Northwestern Memorial provides access to a wide range of services for those with mental illness and a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse.
In addition to traditional individual and group clinical therapies, Northwestern Memorial works with the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness through programs aimed at identifying homeless people with mental illness and providing housing, social support services, and medical and mental healthcare.
Northwestern Memorial supplements state funding to provide short-term housing and support to patients who are homeless and experiencing acute psychiatric symptoms. We also match federal funding to provide psychiatric treatment and permanent housing through three programs at the Lawson House YMCA.
In addition, we provide on-site support services for homeless individuals diagnosed with a mental illness, including:
Help Ease Local Poverty (HELP)
Northwestern Memorial mental healthcare personnel reach members of the community in need of mental health services through HELP (Help Ease Local Poverty), which is a program of the Jane Addams Hull House.
HELP provides meals to the homeless, and in this setting, Northwestern Memorial employees can serve a weekly meal and reach homeless people in need of mental health services who are not likely to find their way into the healthcare system.
Northwestern Memorial also provides programs that help patients with moderate to profound mental illness:
Northwestern Memorial hosts a support group of the Illinois chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and provides educational presentations to parents and siblings of adults with serious mental illness. We also sponsor a DDRA chapter (Dual Diagnosis Recovery Anonymous).