You Are Not Alone
Life changes, work and financial stresses, health problems--all these things and more often upset the emotional balance in our lives. Whether you simply need someone to talk to or you or a loved one is living with mental illness, Mercy is here for you. Mercy's team of licensed mental health professionals are committed to helping patients improve their mental health to live fuller, more balanced and fulfilling lives.
What We Treat
At Mercy, we offer a continuum of therapy to meet your individual needs and help you live well. We help you find and learn practical skills to treat and cope with a number of behavioral concerns and life's problems including:
Some of Life's problems are not meant to be solved alone. Mercy can help.
Mercy’s Alcohol and Drug Dependency Program (ADDP) offers confidential assistance to adults suffering with alcohol or drug addiction. Our innovative program takes a comprehensive approach to recovery and looks for potential underlying issues, such as medical or psychiatric problems, that may impact the patient’s recovery.
The hospital provides a coordinated and graduated approach to treatment. Depending on an individual’s circumstances and needs, a patient may be referred to inpatient care, a partial-day hospital program or outpatient treatment and support groups. All programs are offered in one convenient location and are provided under the care and supervision of trained specialists.
At Mercy, our treatment goal goes beyond ending a patient’s drug or alcohol use. We help patients plan for long-term recovery by focusing on relapse prevention and outside support-system development. Here, patients work with a diverse treatment team that includes physicians, highly trained and certified counselors, licensed clinical social workers and registered nurses.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
This flexible group-therapy program can be an introduction to recovery, but is also a follow-up from more intensive treatments. It emphasizes education and relapse prevention. Patients attend two to five sessions per week, based on need. For those able to work while participating in treatment, this program offers education, and group and individual therapy four or five times a week. Patients are expected to attend 12-step meetings as well.
This program provides medically managed detoxification with 24-hour nursing care. Each patient receives an individualized treatment plan before discharge or transition to lower-level care.
These group-therapy sessions build accountability after discharge and help prevent relapse. Sessions are one hour per week for a minimum of 12 weeks.
When someone has a coexisting psychiatric and chemical dependency problem, it is called Dual Diagnosis. Patients with Dual Diagnosis face special challenges that can impact recovery. These include denial, difficulty functioning day-to-day, and difficulty maintaining relationships at home and work.
Mercy’s Dual Diagnosis program is a hospital-based treatment program for people with mental illness and substance abuse problems. The program provides biopsychoscial assessment, psychiatric care, medication management, individual and group psychotherapy, abstinence support, relapse prevention, recreation group, and lunch vouchers.
Daily group sessions provide therapy and education, encourage participation in 12-step meetings and enhance primary treatment plans. The group setting allows patients to understand how mental health and substance abuse issues are related and share strategies to overcome their problems.
Help begins with a phone call: 312.567.7600. Mercy's Alcohol & Drug Dependency Program accepts a wide variety of health plans, including HMOs, PPOs, Medicaid, and Medicare. Intake workers will help you determine if your plan is accepted.
Family life changes, health problems and financial stresses often upset the emotional balance in our lives. At times, even managing the daily demands of family, work and school can be overwhelming. At Mercy’s Mental Health Center children, adolescents and their families receive support and guidance to regain focus and control and to develop new coping skills to meet life’s challenges.
Why Children are Referred to the Mental Health Center
Parents seek our services when worried about their child’s adjustment, performance and general well being. Triggers for concern can be a child’s inability to concentrate on studies, increased oppositional behavior or social withdrawal, or a dramatic change in appearance, grades or choice of friends. Sometimes, referrals for mental health services are suggested by teachers, pediatricians or clergy. DCFS and Juvenile Court often require evaluation and treatment of children who have been traumatized, abused or in trouble with the law.
How Mental Health Services Can Help
In therapy, children and teens discover more productive ways to express their thoughts and feelings. They improve self-esteem and learn to make better choices. Young victims of abuse and neglect develop trust and gain mastery over their trauma. Children with attention deficit and hyperactivity learn to focus and gain control over their impulsive behavior, often resulting in improved school performance.
With the leadership of Mercy group therapists, children and teens can share their experiences and worries with peers. They discover ways to make friends and to resolve conflicts without fighting.
Family therapy provides the opportunity for parents/caregivers and children to listen to each other. They focus on working together to create a home environment of mutual respect, cooperation and caring. Symptoms of depression, disturbing thoughts, anxiety and short attention span/hyperactivity can be helped by medications. Our psychiatrist, when appropriate, evaluates children and teens and prescribes medications designed to relieve symptoms.
The Mental Health Center Team
The Mental Health Center Team includes a pediatric psychiatrist, licensed counselors, and clinical social workers. The staff is a multiple-disciplinary team dedicated to providing comprehensive care to the whole family. Staff members consult with each other and work closely with families to best meet their needs.
Help begins with a phone call: 312.567.2295. The Mental Health Center accepts a wide variety of health plans, including various HMOs, PPOs, Medicaid, and Medicare. Intake workers will help you determine if your plan is accepted.
Partial Hospital Program for Psychiatric Care
The Partial Hospital program is an outpatient, confidential treatment program for chronic and serious mental illness, such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder. The Partial- Hospital Program provides:
• individualized behavioral therapy
• comprehensive psychosocial assessment
• nursing care
• occupational therapy
• social work
• case management
• group and individualized psychotherapy
• medication management and education
• leisure planning
• emergency medical care
• relapse prevention
• lunch vouchers
• transportation arrangements (for patients with IDPA benefits)
Help begins with a phone call: 312.567.2446. A wide variety of health plans, including HMOs, PPOs, Medicaid, and Medicare are accepted. Intake workers will help you determine if your plan is accepted.
Behavioral and emotional concerns can cast a shadow on everyday life, creating additional problems that can worsen over time without assistance. Professionals at Mercy's Outpatient Mental Health Center provide comprehensive, easily accessible behavioral health care and can help identify and address troubling feelings or emotional illness affecting you or your family member.
Help begins with a phone call: 312.567.2295. Mercy's Mental Health professionals will assist you to find the best program for you or your family member. A wide variety of health plans, including various HMOs, PPOs, Medicaid, and Medicare are accepted. Intake workers will help you determine if your plan is accepted.