With support from the City of Evanston and Ascension St. Francis Hospital, Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center is moving forward with plans to bring its celebrated Living Room program to the Evanston community.
On March 28, 2022, the Evanston City Council unanimously approved $900,000 in federal COVID rescue funding to establish a Living Room location near Ascension St. Francis Hospital, operated by Turning Point and supported by partnerships with colleague organizations. Two key organizations collaborating with Turning Point at this new location to provide substance use and employment support will be PEER Services and Impact Behavioral Health Partners.
“The Living Room program has shown itself to be an invaluable resource for adults in crisis.” said Turning Point CEO Ann Fisher Raney, “We are grateful to the City of Evanston, to Ascension St. Francis Hospital, and to our partners and community for making this expansion possible. We look forward to bringing this life-saving program to Evanston and to working collaboratively to best serve the Evanston community.”
The Living Room & Resource Center currently located at Turning Point’s facility in Skokie is Turning Point’s celebrated walk-in and call-in program for adults in psychiatric crisis. At no cost to guests, this program provides a safe, trauma-informed, expertly staffed alternative to hospital emergency rooms. The Living Room provides a calm and comfortable environment in which guests can resolve crises with an experienced and compassionate team of therapists and Recovery Support Specialists. Turning Point’s talented Recovery Support Specialists bring to their work personal lived experience with mental illness and provide uniquely skilled support for guests in crisis. Expanded to include a Resource Center, The Living Room & Resource Center assists guests with a wide range of needs. Over its ten years of operation, The Living Room at Turning Point has maintained an excellent track record of deflecting guests away from emergency room visits. In the past five years, The Living Room has maintained at least a 98% success rate in diverting guests from needing emergency room services.
ABOUT TURNING POINT:
Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center has been serving the community with distinction for over 50 years. Turning Point is a non-profit outpatient mental health center located in Skokie and serving children and adults from throughout the Chicago metropolitan area with a mission to provide ‘solid support, when you need it most.’ Turning Point serves approximately 1,300 individuals annually and is committed to providing expert, affordable, and compassionate care. Turning Point maintains a wide variety of mental health services including individual, family and group therapy, case management, a transitional living program, and free crisis services including The Living Room & Resource Center at Turning Point. The Turning Point staff and board are currently participating in a multi-year training program in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Turning Point is committed to growing in its recognition of the barriers to care, of racial biases and other forms of oppression, and to focusing energy on this important work. A longstanding leader in its field and community, Turning Point has received highest ratings by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and has been honored with local and national awards including the 2017 Excellence in Mental Health Award from the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health and the 2015 Impact Award for Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare Management from the National Council for Behavioral Health. Most recently, Turning Point was honored to receive the 2021 Skokie Business of the Year Award.
THE LIVING ROOM & RESOURCE CENTER AT TURNING POINT:
Skokie location: 8324 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL 60077
Currently operating in person and by phone: Monday – Sunday, 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. Guests accepted until 7:00 p.m.
More information HERE.
To contact The Living Room directly: (847)933-9202For info on all other services at Turning Point: (847)933-0051