Kenneth Young Center - Community Mental Health and Senior Services

Mental Health

Mental health concerns span a range of intensity. People may need guidance to get through a difficult time in life (i.e., divorce, loss of a job, money problems). Some benefit from an intervention to cope with a situational depression or bout of anxiety. Others have serious mental illness – brain disorders like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder that require ongoing support and medication to manage the illness.

Overview of Mental Health Services

Intervention for Those with Mental Health Concerns

When you, your child, or someone in your family is struggling with mental, emotional, work, school or relationship problems, you can talk to a counselor in Kenneth Young Center’s Intake and Referral Office. You will be offered a screening appointment. You may also get some answers over the phone, such as a referral to a self-help group or other community resources.

In your screening appointment, a KYC counselor will work to understand your reasons for wanting help and assess your current situation. You and your counselor will decide together whether to begin treatment at KYC. If so, you’ll be connected to the program you need, which might offer individual, group or family counseling, or case management.

Counseling is for people unable to move through difficult life problems including relationship issues, social isolation and work issues. Therapy also helps people struggling with anxiety, depression, emotional trauma and other mental health issues. Treatment may include some or all of the following:

  • Meeting with a counselor to identify problems and develop strategies for change.
  • Individual, couple, or group therapy with professional support.
  • Education about your problem, diagnosis and ways to change for the better.
  • A combination of counseling and medication.

With children, therapists may use play as well as discussion to address problems. Counselors can provide direction and support for parents and help families understand the experiences their children are going through.

Treatment for Those with Serious Mental Illness

People diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness are coached and taught skills to move toward recovery. Clients may take part in groups that teach skills for self-care, social relationships, self-expression and independent living. Recovery from mental illness means living an independent, productive and satisfying life.

Adult Mental Health Services Brochure

Services for adults with serious mental illness:

Employment Services

Our vocational program helps people who have a diagnosis of mental illness to go to work. Some are returning to work, some may be trying for their first job, while others may have a problematic work history and are seeking solutions. Once a person obtains an employment position, emphasis is on coping with stress to minimize symptoms and maintain meaningful employment.

We work with adult KYC clients, as well as those referred to us through the Illinois Division of Rehabilitative Services (DRS). Our services consist of assessment, career exploration, resume development, job-search planning, interview coaching, job coaching and evaluations, job retention counseling, and Job Club meetings in individual and/or group settings.

Employment Services Brochure

Transitional Living Program

Our transitional living program provides individuals with apartment living supervised at different levels. The primary goal is to support clients as they develop independent living skills within the community so they can transition into independent living.

Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program (PSR)

Our Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services (PSR) Program assists people (18 and older) in their recovery from severe and chronic mental illness.  PSR services are similar to a classroom. The purpose is to help people with mental illness build the skills needed to live, work, learn and participate fully in the community.

PSR services are designed for individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Age 18 years or older
  • Has a primary diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder
  • Is behaviorally appropriate for a group-structured program

PSR curriculum-based groups help individuals with:

  • Understanding and coping with a psychiatric disorder
  • Learning or increasing social skills, anger management and relationship skills
  • Acquiring or strengthening independent living skills
  • Vocational Development
  • Learning and practicing skills out in the community

The following areas are also addressed in PSR groups:

  • Coping and cognitive skills
  • Community integration and communication skills
  • Independent living
  • Work and school readiness
  • Medication self-management
  • Health care and nutrition
  • Symptom management
  • Interpersonal/relationship/family skills
  • Anger and stress management
  • Organization and time management
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

If you or someone you know may benefit from our PSR program, or you would like more information, call KYC at 847.524.8800.


Recovery Program

Our Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services (PSR) Program is changing and will soon be called, Recovery Program. The Recovery Program provides all of the same proven and successful treatment methods as PSR, but it adds the expectation of recovery and incorporates additional skill building and socializing aspects. 

Click here for a listing of spring 2015 groups

2015 spring groups

Group Program

Kenneth Young Center also offers a group program for people in psychiatric crisis or recently released from hospitalization. The SEA group helps them stabilize and return to their former level of functioning.  People spend as little as three weeks to as long as three months in a small group of about five people, where the focus is on peer support, problem solving, coping skills, socialization, and learning to manage medication and symptoms.

Often, group clients are fragile and easily overwhelmed. Here they get safe, one-on-one intervention. Members find comfort in knowing others face the same struggles and share some of the same experiences. They leave when they are ready, moving on to either counseling services, psychosocial rehabilitation (PSR), back to work, or on their own again. The goal is that they will return to enjoying life as they once did.

Services for Children and Adolescents:

Children, adolescents and teens come to KYC for a variety of reasons and are in different degrees of need.  KYC has a broad range of services designed to meet the unique needs of each child, adolescent and teen, as well as their families.

Child and Adolescent Services

In many cases, youth come to KYC because their parents need help getting them through a difficult time which may be related to divorce, school-phobias, anxiety, peer rejection, behavior problems, serious trauma or a variety of other factors. Our Child & Adolescent Services team also work with youth who are in psychiatric crisis due to serious a emotional disturbance. Whatever the reason, youth who come to Kenneth Young Center will receive unbiased, professional help. We strive to reduce internal and external conflict, as well as help youth cope with difficult situations and transitions.

Therapists may use play as well as discussion to address problems with children. Counselors can provide direction and support for parents and help families understand the experiences their children are going through.

Below are few of our brochures for programs currently being offered to children, teens and parents. All participants are screened to determine if the program is a good fit prior to participation.

  • Mentoring - skill building and positive adult connections for children and their parents.
  • Parent Mentoring - family support, parent-to-parent mentoring and family resources.
  • Group Therapy - education, skill building and psychotherapy in a socially supportive environment.
  • Intensive Adolescent Program - Externalizing - a group program for acting-out teens that works closely with parents.
  • Intensive Adolescent Program - Internalizing - a group program for depressed and internalizing teens that works closely with parents.

       2015 Intensive Adolescent Services brochure

Additionally, our Child and Adolescent Services also hosts a variety of educational seminars and groups. Current educational groups available are:

  • Parent Power - Learn positive parenting techniques instead of punishment to bring about, and increase positive behaviors.

SASS Program

Children can also have serious mental illness, which shows up as a severe emotional or behavioral disorder. They may be a danger to themselves or others, which puts them at risk of being placed in a more restrictive setting such as a psychiatric hospital or residential treatment center.

KYC provides community-based Screenings, Assessments, and Supportive Services (SASS) to maintain children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbance in the least restrictive setting. For most, that means providing an array of support and wrap-around services that enable them to remain in their home and community.

Kenneth Young Center is the SASS service provider for the Cook County, IL portions of the following townships: Elk Grove, Hanover, Schaumburg, and Maine.  Referrals for the program come from families, schools, child welfare agencies, state and private hospitals, courts, police and other community agencies.

To make a referral, please contact our SASS team at 847.524.8800. After regular working hours, callers to this number are given the option of speaking with a crisis counselor. Let them know you are calling for SASS services and they will page the SASS on-call worker for you.

Seminars & Educational Programs For Adults

We periodically offer seminars and educational programs of interest to the community.

There are no current seminars and educational programs to list.