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Specialized Assistance Services, NFP

SASI Programs & Services

At SASI, we offer a comprehensive suite of Programs and Services to support your needs which include case management, counseling, educational, medical, outpatient and residential solutions.

SASI Programs

Residential Program

Specialized Assistance Services, residential treatment program “Branden House”, is a modified therapeutic community located approximately 40 miles from Chicago. Branden House (located in Manteno, Illinois), is a state of the art Level III.5 treatment facility with a service capacity of eighty beds. It provides treatment for male and female substance abusers, and services Cook, Will, Kankakee, Kane and Kendall counties. Residents remain in treatment as long as clinically indicated. Branden House is the only long-term residential treatment facility in the state of Illinois that provides methadone as an adjunct to the standard substance abuse treatment services.

Outpatient Program

The Outpatient program provides treatment to a specialized population, as well as the general population. The major categories include, but are not limited to pregnant and postpartum women, parenting individuals and persons involved with the criminal justice system, persons afflicted with HIV, and persons with co-occurring mental illnesses. The Outpatient program addresses the problems of drug abuse and drug addiction for all populations utilizing the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria-six dimensions.

Project Safe Program

“Project Safe” is a family service program for mothers and fathers who have active cases with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) a result of neglect and/or abuse of their children and are in jeopardy of permanently losing all rights to them. Many of these parents are referred and mandated to treatment by DCFS and the criminal justice system. The Project Safe program is designed to identify and address the major social and psychological factors that often result in parents feeling depressed and frustrated in the parenting process. These parents often resort to abusing alcohol and other drugs in their efforts to cope with life experiences, which tend to result in dysfunctional parenting behavior characterized by neglect and abuse of their children.

In the Project Safe program, these problems are addressed through the following five basic service components. Project Safe services are provided across all levels of care.

  1. Parent education group treatment
  2. Parental stress group treatment
  3. Individual, couple, and family counseling
  4. Case management services and
  5. Substance abuse issues.

SASI Specialized Services

Within the last ten years, a major trend has developed which has had a great impact on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment fields. These two fields have become inextricably linked. Several reasons account for this phenomena. If untreated, extensive abuse of substances for an extended period can cause a substance-induced psychosis. Today’s increase in the potency of illicit drugs has increased the likelihood that a drug addict will develop a mental disorder. It has been reported that today’s marijuana is twenty-five percent stronger than in the past, the purity of street heroin is said to be as high as eighty-five percent and the same is true for cocaine. This has created a more rapid progression into mental illness for the addict. Additionally, the increased availability of illicit drugs has made it easier for those afflicted with mental illnesses to obtain them. The lure of illicit drugs is especially appealing to the mentally ill because initially it provides a pleasurable escape from the torture and agony of their mental illness. Subsequently, it exacerbates their condition while adding the new problem of addiction. These facts have led to an increase in the numbers of dual diagnosed patients.

For the last several years, this trend has never been more ostensible. We have been facing an ever-growing need to provide additional services, other than our standard substance abuse treatment. This is especially true for those services psychological in nature. As an effort to diversify our services and provide for the needs of our population, we have developed a special services department.

The Specialized Assistance Services program is designed to treat those patients having a dual diagnosis (substance abuse and mental health) as well as other special needs. Patients referred to this program receive comprehensive mental health assessments and if warranted, a psychiatric assessment to determine if psychotropic medication is needed. Patients assessed for this service component have the benefit of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a psychiatrist and a case manager.

Case Management Services

  • Passive Case Management: Pending Cases
    • Development of service plan
    • Linkage to outside resources
    • Coordination of patient transportation
    • Monitoring of adjunct services and follow-up
  • Extensive Case Management: Active Cases
    • Development of service plan
    • Linkage to outside resources
    • Orientation to treatment
    • Coordination of transportation
    • Short-term group counseling
    • AIDS and drug education
    • Caseload management
    • Arrangement for medical and mental health services appointments
    • Emergency food and shelter arrangements
    • Case monitoring and follow-up

HIV Counseling and Testing Services

Specialize Assistance Services provides on-site HIV counseling and testing to patients and prospective patients. As part of the intake process, patients are referred to the HIV counselor. Patients have the option of being tested. Patients tested are scheduled for a post-test counseling session. All test results are anonymous and the contents of the counseling sessions are confidential.

 

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