The Williams Consent Decree enables qualifying individuals with mental illness to be moved from state-funded facilities into communities where they can live independently with professional support. To move out of an institution, an individual must have a mental health illness, be willing and able to move and accept the terms of the program, as well as have approval from his or her guardian. The overall goal of the program is to move consumers from state-funded facilities into permanent supportive housing where they will have independence and support.
To meet this goal, consumers receive transition coordination, support to continue their education or to get a job, as well as coaching from peers who have lived through similar experiences.
Daily Case Management
Williams Class members receive daily case management from an ACT team that consists of counselors. Psychiatric care is provided on site as well as medication management. The ultimate goal of the ACT team is to provide case management to reintegrate consumers back into the community and improve independent function.
Consumers in this program also have access to 2 consumer-run drop-in centers:
The New Life Recovery Center
3002 Grand Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60085
Hours: The center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday
The New Hope Recovery Center
1022 27th Street
Zion, IL 60099
Hours: The center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The centers are designed to provide a nonclinical environment for individuals to socialize, receive support from their peers and access computers. The supervised building spaces include a computer room and a seating area with a large screen television.