For many residents of the North Shore, housing is viewed as an extension of self. Where you live is an opportunity to express your taste, style and personality. However, for many of those who have a mental illness, a safe place to call home is often not even a guarantee. Impact Behavioral Health Partners is looking to change that.
The mission of Impact Behavioral Health Partners, founded as Housing Options nearly 30 years ago, is to develop and champion opportunities for people with serious mental illness by providing comprehensive services in housing, employment, and clinical support so that each person can live as independently as possible. Since its inception, Impact has grown from a single apartment building with no case management services to owning six buildings and an additional 16 scattered site apartments. What began as only affordable housing has developed into wraparound housing and clinical and employment services that treat mental health holistically.
It is nearly impossible to work on or even set goals when someone is worried about where he or she will sleep at night. Impact removes barriers to recovery and expands access to treatment. With multiple available avenues to care, Impact’s three core programs of Housing, Clinical and Employment Services wrap around each individual to provide him or her with unique and customizable care.
On Sept. 19, 2017, Impact will host its first event under its new name. The event will take place at the Writers Theatre in Glencoe from 6- 10 p.m. The evening will feature “Trevor: the Musical,” appetizers and cocktails; there will also be a raffle, a live auction and much more. Thanks to the generosity of Clune Construction, all proceeds from this event will go directly to programming. Tickets are available today for $150 at impactbehavioral.org.