Advocates in Will and Kankakee County
Promoting choice, dignity, and opportunity to people with disabilities.
Cornerstone has been serving the mental health needs of the community since 1991. We pride ourselves in providing high quality, intensive mental health services to our most vulnerable citizens. Cornerstone’s behavioral health services are constantly growing and changing to meet the needs of our consumers.
In conjunction with treatment services, you’ll have access to board-certified psychiatrists and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners to provide treatment for you at our location, based on availability. This treatment includes a psychiatric evaluation and follow-up medication management, if needed.
Just as no two people are the same, no two paths to recovery are the same. We honor this by working with you to develop an individual recovery program plan, respecting your individual strengths, values and choices. Participation in treatment is not based on a set length of time, but is as short or as long as you need to find the path to recovery.
Because crises don’t follow schedules, 24-hour crisis intervention services are available as well. A knowledgeable crisis counselor will be there for you–face to face during normal business hours or by phone after hours– any time of day. If you are experiencing a psychiatric crisis, we will provide you the support you need to get through it.
You will be met with the utmost respect and compassion from all staff at Cornerstone. We strongly believe in the efficacy of evidence-based practices and infuse them throughout each of our services. Some of the evidence-based practices that you may receive include:
- Individual Placement and Support (IPS) employment services
- Wellness Recovery and Action Plan (WRAP) 12-week workshop
- Harm Reduction
- Seeking Safety and other trauma-informed services
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.
As a valued member of Cornerstone’s Behavioral Health programs, you will receive the following:
- An assessment of strengths, needs, motivation and goals;
- Individualized program plans that are adjusted to your needs throughout the program;
- Coordinated Case Management including advocacy, linkage and referral to other needed services and resources;
- Education and assistance to achieve recovery goals and maximize the use of community/personal supports;
- Outreach and support to participate in the services desired;
- Crisis intervention and stabilization, as needed; Disability benefits counseling and SOAR Specialists;
- Immediate referral to Cornerstone’s supported employment program (IPS) if you are interested in obtaining employment
Permanent Supportive Housing
You have a safe place to stay.
We can help you find and keep a place to live. If you are homeless with a serious mental illness or co-occurring substance use disorder, you may get help leasing an apartment or house in the Will County area. You will have the benefit of an evidence-based “Housing First” approach to supportive housing, which means that your housing is not contingent upon participation in services or maintaining your sobriety. In addition, you do not need an income to qualify for housing. Housing is your basic human right, and we are here to assist you in accessing and maintaining this critical need.
Once you choose a place to call your home, you will receive monthly home visits by a housing case manager who is there to ensure your basic needs are met. You will be offered budgeting services to help you pay your rent and case management services to assist you with advocacy and referrals. You will also have the benefit of an in-house eviction prevention specialist, as needed. In addition to housing case management, you will be offered an array of housing support services, based on your need and preference. Your team of housing support staff are mental health professionals with training in Mental Health First Aid, Housing First, Harm Reduction, and other techniques to help you achieve your goals.
If you or someone you know is homeless with a serious mental illness, you may contact Cornerstone Services at 815.727.6667 and ask to have a Coordinated Assessment completed to determine if you are eligible for supportive housing. Your assessment will be entered in Will County’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and an outreach specialist will follow up with you.
Special housing programs are available for Veterans of the United States Armed Forces and individuals with an HIV or AIDS diagnosis. We also have two supervised residential group homes for men with mental illness and are a Williams Class Member provider. You may request more information about these special housing services.
Cornerstone Services is a member of the Will County Continuum of Care. If you are homeless, but do not have a mental illness, you may visit the Will County Center for Community Concerns (https://wcccc.net) to inquire about other homeless programs and services.
Cornerstone partners with many landlords throughout the community to provide permanent supportive housing. Landlord relationships are essential to successful housing.
Area Landlords are important partners.
Landlords are paid directly by Cornerstone ensuring that rent is paid in-full, on-time.
If you are a landlord or know one that might be interested in participating, please contact our Manager of Properties and Landlord Relations at 815.741.7016.
Outpatient Therapy Services
You have someone to talk to.
Outpatient Therapy provides adults who have a diagnosed mental health condition or co-occurring substance use disorder with therapy on a scheduled and ongoing basis.
As a consumer of these services, you will be able to meet with a qualified therapist on-site for individual and/or group therapy services. Sessions may address general symptoms or a specific problem such as low self-esteem, poor impulse control, depression, or unresolved trauma and grief. You may also have a case manager who advocates for you, and provides support services in your home and in the community, if you could benefit from that assistance.
Service available in greater Will and Kankakee Counties.
Group Sessions (Compass)
You will find support with others through shared experiences. The Compass program is available to adults with a serious mental illness in need of skill development and peer supports. Group sessions are held throughout the day to help strengthen independent living skills, manage the symptoms of mental illness and learn to access community resources that can further improve your quality of life.
Compass includes social activities that help foster support among fellow participants. This program is available in the greater Will and Kankakee County areas. For more information, please call 815.727.6667
Other Local Mental Health Resources
Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Recovery and Empowerment Handbook.
Will County Crisis Line: www.crisisline247.org or call 815-722-3344
National Alliance on Mental Illness for Will/Grundy Counties Resource Website: www.namiwillgrundy.org
Recovery is a process of change where one improves health and wellness, lives a self-directed life, and strives to reach one’s full potential. For more information, please call 815-727-6667
Co-Occurring Disorders Program
Co-Occurring Disorders program offers specialized substance use treatment for individuals who also face mental health issues. A combination of individual and group services is provided on an Outpatient (OP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) basis depending on individual need.
As a member of the Co-Occurring Disorders program, you will have a qualified counselor to work with individually on personal recovery goals. You will be an important part of a compassionate environment where best practices are integrated to help you achieve recovery. A variety of approaches are used to address topics related to recovery
Co-Occurring Disorders program is available at our Joliet-Black Road location. We do not provide any DUI evaluations, DUI risk education or DUI intervention services.
For more information, please call 815.727.6667
While you do not need an income to qualify for housing, we do accept Medicaid insurance for all of our available treatment services. We also have a sliding fee scale for self-pay individuals. If you have questions about Medicaid eligibility or are interested in applying for Medicaid, please visit https://getcoveredillinois.gov