Ben Gordon Center Community Support Program (CSP)

Community Support Program

Ben Gordon Center Community Support Program (CSP)

The Community Support Program with Ben Gordon Center offers a variety of services to patients who have been diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). It provides intensive levels of care and long-term case management for “at risk” and vulnerable populations who have either limited or no supportive assistance.

CSP services assist individuals to improve and maintain a functional capacity to meet their basic daily living skills within the least restrictive environment.

Individuals engage in skill building activities to assist them in the development of functional, interpersonal, family, coping, and community living skills that are negatively impacted by their SPMI.

Individuals have the opportunity to participate in individual and group counseling up to several days a week and learn skills for leading a more productive life. Services provided include: case management, support and advocacy, psychiatry, consumer employment services, group counseling, and individual therapy.

CSP identifies and uses recovery tools and skill building to facilitate independent living and adaptation, problem solving, and coping skill development.

This program is intended to assist individuals’ ability to:

  • Live as independently as possible
  • Manage illness
  • Live with as little intervention as possible
  • Achieve functional, social, educational, and vocational goals

These sessions occur in face-to-face individual and group formats both on-site and in community settings.

*Funding provided in whole or in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Ben Gordon Center The Living Room

An acute crisis respite program for adults, the Living Room is a comfortable, non-clinical space for individuals experiencing overwhelming symptoms due to life circumstances. The goal of the program is to provide a calm and safe environment in which guests can resolve crises without more intensive intervention.

Our caring Living Room staff members utilize crisis intervention and stabilization services, provide linkage to community resources, and make appropriate referrals when the individual’s crisis cannot be resolved by the Living Room.

What to Expect

The Living Room is housed inside Ben Gordon Center. It helps individuals resolve or better manage a crisis.

Any individual 18 years of age and older, who is a DeKalb County resident, may utilize these services free of cost and without being a registered client.

The Living Room offers:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Safety planning
  • A safe non-judgmental space
  • Support from trained peer counselors (certified recovery support specialists), licensed clinicians, case managers, and registered nurses
  • Assistance with problem solving
  • Linkage with referrals for emergency housing, healthcare, and food
  • Healthy refreshments
  • Follow-up services

These services are provided on a walk-in basis.

* Funding provided in whole or in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services.