Family Support Program

This program is provided by the State of Illinois to assist parents or private guardians in paying the costs of intense services and/or residential care for children with severe mental illness under the age of 21.  The program may also be utilized to provide in-home supports so the child can remain in his/her home, school and community.

Effective treatment of children and adolescents with mental illness requires a partnership between the families of these children and the various service providers. Service providers include, but are not limited to, the Department of Human Services, the mental health agencies, residential facilities, school districts, park districts, professionals and other private providers. This partnership is based on a value of collaboration and cooperation among all those concerned with the welfare of our children and who provide for them in one or more areas of their lives.

Services 

  • Provide families with information that will help in the decision of applying for the Family Support Program
  • Assist families with the documentation compilation necessary to apply for the FSP and assist families in submitting a completed FSP application
  • Assist families with education in the decision of placing client within community based services or residential services
  • Integrated Assessment and Treatment Plan, Case Management (Residential and community based clients)
  • Individual, Family, and Group Therapy (Community based client)
  • Coordinate and interface with the multiple providers involved with each FSP client so that the client receives comprehensive community based services (Community based client)
  • Family therapy, Staffings, Residential team meetings, Psychiatric planning, Discharge Planning, Educational and Vocational Planning, Transitional Service Quarterly and Annual Reviews (Residential)
  • Visits by Family Support Services staff twice yearly to residential in-state sites or surrounding states. Visits by Family Support Services staff yearly to out of state sites  (Residential)

Eligibility for Services

  • Parent/guardian must be a resident of the State of Illinois
  • The child is required to be diagnosed with severe mental illness. (A severe mental illness is defined as a mental or emotional disorder which substantially impairs thought, perception of reality, emotional process, judgment, behavior or ability to cope with the ordinary demands of several life domains.)    
  • Symptoms are required to include severely impaired reality testing
  • There has been an appropriate trial of inpatient, outpatient and/or community based treatment efforts, and subsequently residential services are required
  • The child cannot be under the guardianship of a STATE agency or in the legal custody of a State agency
  • The child is required to be enrolled in an approved educational program at the elementary/high school level
  • A completed application package must be submitted before the child attains the age of 17 years and 6 months

Registration for Services

Parents can call 866-359-7953 (Illinois Collaborative for Access and Choice) to request an application for the Family Support Program or contact the FSP Family Resource Developer (FRD) for guidance on how to receive and complete an application.  When the parents receive the application through the mail, the parents will call Will County Health Department at 815-727-5065 (Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.) and ask for the FSP Family Resource Developer (FRD). The FRD will guide and support the parent in filling out the FSP application. The FRD will provide the following services:

  •  Information that will help in the decision of applying for the Family Support Program
  • Assist families with the documentation compilation necessary to apply for the FSP
  • Assist families in submitting a completed FSP application