Greetings from MYSI

Resilient, Strong, Steadfast, Passionate and Caring are a few of the adjectives that describe how MYSI operated in 2016. We all are reenergized, and committed to continue the legacy of MYSI and its mission, we hope that you will join us in our mission as we strive to change lives.

Resilient, Strong, Steadfast, Passionate and Caring are a few of the adjectives that describe how MYSI operated in 2016. As we embrace 2017, the Board of Directors is proud of what MYSI completed and accomplished in 2016 and how we are positioning ourselves for an exhilarating future. It has been and is a privilege and an honor to be trusted to care of so many.  Our amazing staff and Board are passionate about serving the community and providing a bright future to the constituents that we serve. We all are reenergized, and committed to continue the legacy of MYSI and its mission, we hope that you will join us in our mission as we strive to change lives.

MYSI Program Services include: 

1. Transitional Living Program (TLP)

MYSI operates six Transitional Living Programs 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and 365 days per year. These programs provide housing and supportive case management services to young adults between the ages of 17 and 21 who are under the guardianship of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). The TLP sites are located on the north and south side of Chicago and in the south suburbs. These programs make every effort to teach the young adults to become self-reliant while transitioning to Independent Living by teaching them the basics of cooking, budgeting, employment, academics and housekeeping as well as developing their social skills, while addressing their spiritual and legal needs. Young adults may reside in a congregate setting, single or double apartments. All young adults who reside in a TLP environment receive 24-hour supervision along with a multitude of case management services to prepare them to live independently after transitioning from the child welfare system, by attaining academic, employment and housing success.

2. Independent Living Option Program (ILO)

MYSI Independent Living Program serves females and males that are parenting and non-parenting between the ages of 19 and 21. MYSI ILO advocacy staff provides a wide range of supportive case management services to young adults who were raised in the foster care system. Our program services assist them with maintaining their independence and to move from dependency on State care to becoming self-reliant. The young adults in this program reside in individual community apartments within various communities and they are taught how to maintain their individuality. Services offered include but are not limited to: supplementary case management services; clinical services provided by clinical social workers, nurses and certified tutors; life skills educational training; employment services, such as job readiness classes, resume writing, mock interviewing; household management, such as furnishing and the upkeep of their apartments; and parenting skills for pregnant and parenting young adults including training and guidance to ensure they have appropriate parenting skills to properly care for their child.

3. Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) Program

MYSI CILA provides 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and 365 days per year housing, life skills and clinical case management services to empower adults with developmental disabilities to live as independently as possible.

Adults with a developmental disability, who meets the eligibility requirements, may reside within our CILA until they gain the necessary skills for the next step of independent living. Living in a CILA long-term is possible. CILA resident’s rent is determined by the Illinois Department of Human Services.  Our CILA is located in the south suburbs of Illinois and offers an array of community-based service options, which promotes independence with 24 hour support and care for up to five adults in a family-like home environment.

Our CILA housing program and clinical case management services assist the residents with maintaining their independence, while providing the opportunity for them to develop: personal living skills; a deeper understanding of economic  self-sufficiency; increased community integration; social and recreational opportunities; educational life skills; and support to live more independently

4. Community Mental Health Services Programs (CMH)

MYSI CMH services are coordinated through Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health (DMH) for the community. Our CMH program provides Medicaid-funded community health services for all eligible children, youth, families and seniors between the ages of 2- 65 who are in need of mental and/or behavioral health services.

5. Senior 2 Success

MYSI Senior services in conjunction with the city of Chicago provides in home intensive advocacy case management and referral services to assist seniors who resides within the county of Cook to enhance the quality of their lives by improving the seniors’ ability to live autonomously and to participate in community resources. These program services are designed to keep aging citizens from being isolated, while motivating them to remain active within their own communities.

6. Parenting Assessment Team

MYSI Parenting Assessment Team (PAT) provides comprehensive clinical assessments that assist workers and supervisors in assessing risk and exploring permanency issues for children with mentally ill parents. To be eligible for PAT services the child or family must have an active DCFS cases. The assessments provided by the team are non-adversarial, non-biased and multi-disciplinary in nature. The focus of the assessment is directed by questions regarding child- custody, treatment, and services, and other concerns related to parenting ability. An independent evaluation with recommendations is provided to assist the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services and the Cook County Juvenile Court in making permanency decisions.

7. Continuity of Care Center

MYSI Continuity of Care Center (CCC) in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services provides psychiatric consultation and case management services to assure continuity of psychiatric consultation/treatment and mental health care jointly evaluates the child, youth or parents in a manner designed to promote permanency by maintaining, strengthening and safeguarding the functioning of families to: prevent substitute care placement; promote family reunification; stabilize foster care placements; facilitate youth development; and ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of children and families.

MYSI is affiliated with the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church.  The Executive Director Toleda Hart serves as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of United Voices for Children.

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