If you or anyone you know is struggling, please know it's okay to ask for help.
There are many resources available for free!
- IDPH: Violence Prevention and Support Resources
This document provides a list of violence prevention and support resources available to communities.
- IDPH: Call4Calm
A free emotional support text line. Text “TALK" to 552020 or “HABLAR" for service in Spanish.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Free and confidential support for individuals in crisis available 24 hours a day 7 days a week 1-800-273-8255(TALK)
- Crisis Text Line
Free and confidential support for individuals in crisis available 24 hours a day 7 days a week Text HOME to 741741
- National Helpline | SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Free and confidential treatment referral and information service available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. 1-800-622-4357 (HELP)
- National Runaway Safeline
This 24-hour 7 day a week national Safeline is for youth at risk of running away or already have and are looking for help. 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) or text: 66008
MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS FOR YOUR KIDS, TEENS?
Screening, Assessment, and Support Service (SASS) Can Help.
Screening, Assessment, and Support Service (SASS) is a statewide crisis program for children and youth. SASS provides intensive mental health services for children and youth who may need hospitalization for mental health care. SASS will also provide crisis intervention, linkage, and coordination of services to other community-based mental health agencies for aftercare and outpatient treatment. The SASS program's main focus is to stabilize the family and maintain the youth at home and in the community. The program has a single point of entry, the Crisis and Referral Entry Service (CARES).
The following criteria will be applied to determine eligibility based on age and insurance status:
- Children and youth under the age of 18 seeking public funding for psychiatric services through the Department of Human Services
- Any child or youth enrolled in Illinois Healthcare and Family Services Medicaid Program or Medicaid Managed Care Organization
- Any child or youth whom DCFS has legal responsibility
A SASS crisis worker will respond to the youth in crisis to complete a crisis screening and make recommendations on appropriate mental health care, which may include community-based services or inpatient hospitalization. The crisis screening can be provided in-person, over the phone, or through video, as requested by the family.
If you need SASS services, contact the Crisis and Referral Entry Service (CARES) line at (800) 345-9049.
The SASS program is administered by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.