Outpatient Mental Health Services
What is the Outpatient Mental Health Services program?
The purpose of this program is to prevent and treat chronic/severe emotional and psychiatric disorders. It is the belief of the Health Department and Community Health Center that quality mental health care is a necessary part of total health care and should be readily accessible to all Lake County residents. Family involvement with treatment, when clinically helpful to a client’s progress, is encouraged.
Services in this program include diagnostic evaluation, psychiatric assessment, and crisis intervention to adults who have a history of chronic mental illness. Clients who receive our psychiatric medication services may also qualify for individual and/or group psychotherapy, depending on the type of funding the client has.
Who is eligible?
To participate in the program, a client must meet the following criteria:
Be at least 18 years old
Lake County resident
Have a history of treatment for a chronic mental illness, or be experiencing first-time severe symptoms of a major mental illness
Be capable and willing to participate with all treatment recommendations
Be able to keep appointments at one of our two locations
Who is not eligible?
Our program is funded to treat chronic mental illness, and the following exclusions apply, as we are not funded for the populations or services below:
- Developmental disability, (those who have moderate or severe mental retardation)
- Sex offender treatment must have been previously successfully completed at a specialized sex offender treatment center, backed up by documentation, in order to receive psychiatric medication service
- Residents of nursing homes or any other 24-hour residential treatment program
- Those requesting only psychological testing
- Those wanting only evaluations for other agencies, such as DCFS, Social Security, lawyers, etc. (The only evaluations we perform are of clients who are ordered by the Lake County Courts to evaluate the need for treatment.)
- Those in need of a higher level of care than outpatient services, such as needing emergency psychiatric hospitalization due to potential for harmful behavior
What is the cost?
Fees for outpatient mental health services are partially covered by Medicaid, Medicare, or insurance, and a sliding fee scale will be used based on individual circumstances. Services are not free. If you are uninsured, you will be assessed a $5 co-pay fee for each psychiatric visit. Payment of your portion of the fee is due at the time of service.
Round Lake Park Office Move
The Outpatient Mental Health program, formerly located in Round Lake Park is now at 18698 Peterson Road in Libertyville. The move from leased space to a larger, purchased space will provide for the expansion of services to patients in a more central location in Lake County. For those who are commuting, the closest Pace bus route to the new facility is Route 574. Click here for a map of the Pace bus route. Click here for instructions on how to use the Pace website.
Click here for driving instructions via google.
Several support/therapy groups are held at our two Outpatient Mental Health offices with one located in Waukegan and the other near Libertyville..
18698 Peterson Road
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday and Wednesday
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
|Click here for a list of groups.
Waukegan - Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center
3010 Grand Avenue, 1st Floor
8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday
|Click here for a list of groups.