Williams Consent Decree
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.
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 a consumer-run drop-in center at 3002 Grand Avenue in Waukegan. The center is designed to provide a nonclinical environment for individuals to socialize, receive support from their peers and access computers. The center is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The supervised building space includes a computer room, a cafe and a seating area with a large screen television. For more information, call: 847.377.8240.
Williams Consent Decree main line: 847.377.8250
ACT main line: 847.377.8245
Consumers can order snacks at the drop-in center's coffee shop area.
The drop-in center provides space where consumers can socialize and relax in a nonclinical setting.