THE SOUTH SIDE COLLABORATIVE (SSC) COMPARABLE SERVICES PROGRAM
On July 22, 2013 Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 26, the Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Act of 2013 (SMHRF). This SMHRF act requires that community providers provide intensive services to prepare those with serious mental illness to reintegrate successfully into community living settings. HRDI has partnered with Thresholds to provide an array of services based upon this SMHRF ACT. Services offered by the SSC include mobile crisis assessments; outreach and engagement; linkage and referral and transitional residential services.
CRISIS ASSESSMENT SERVICES
- CRISIS ASSESSMENT AND LINKAGE TO SERVICES: For individuals presenting at emergency departments in the Southside area the SSC will provide crisis assessment, referral and linkage services to prevent unnecessary psychiatric hospital admissions.
- TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN LEVELS OF CARE: For eligible consumers, Mobile Triage teams will employ a range of safe transportation options to manage and coordinate crisis stabilization efforts.
CRISIS STABILIZATION SERVICES
- DISCHARGE LINKAGE AND COORDINATION OF SERVICES: For individuals being discharged from psychiatric units of community hospitals, the SSC will provide linkage and coordination services to prevent clients being referred to nursing homes at discharge.
- OUTREACH TO INDIVIDUALS TO ENGAGE IN SERVICES: Individuals who have received a crisis assessment and have a history of failed engagement and follow through will be provided assertive outreach services by the SSC with the hope of decreasing future crisis episodes of care
TRANSITIONAL LIVING SERVICES
- TRANSITIONAL LIVING CENTERS (TLC): For individuals in an ED who not require hospitalization or those being discharged from an inpatient unit who do not require medically monitored facilities, the SSC will provide immediate access to transitional housing for up to three months.
- TRANSITIONAL SUPERVISED RESIDENTIAL SETTINGS (TSR): The SSC will provide time unlimited care to a maximum of 12 individuals who require 24 hour structure and supervision within a community setting. Eligible residents will be adults who would have otherwise been referred to a more restrictive level of care after discharge from a psychiatric facility. On-site services will include: psychiatric assessment and monitoring, case management, community support, therapeutic services and vocational training.