Most nonprofit mental health agencies in Illinois are designated as “Community Mental Health Centers.” Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC’s) serve clients with private insurance, Medicaid, self-payment, and no insurance or funding.
CMHC’s also offer a much wider range of services than some other providers. In addition to counseling and psychiatry, CMHC’s can offer case management, substance abuse treatment, psychological testing, crisis intervention, mental health residential services, and more.
Most CMHC’s serve a broad array of clients. Everyone from homeless individuals to homeowners; people from different cultural backgrounds and those who speak different languages. Many CMHCs serve young children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. Services are provided in the office, in client homes, in public places, schools, and more.
When you work in a community mental health setting, you may provide individual therapy one hour, run a treatment group the next, and provide case management in the community after that. Our work requires a well-rounded skillset that most graduate programs do not teach.