The Proviso Public Partnership has an enduring commitment to a healthier Proviso, and we partner with schools, businesses, local government and 501c3 nonprofits that share our vision. Our community partners are change agents that are result-oriented and committed to helping our communities receive a higher level of healthcare. As a network we work together to bring our communities an array of opportunities and quality, community-based services that are available to adults and children.
THE WAY BACK INN
The Way Back Inn has added a new outpatient program that focuses on the needs of teens 13 to 17. The aim is to address underage drinking, excessive online gaming, substance use and gambling addiction. The program educates youth on how to implement positive coping mechanisms, develop activities that promote health, and helps them build a recovery support network. Our clinicians, in partnership with The Way Back Inn are using this comprehensive approach and through evaluations, assessments and counseling we can identify the youths with a substance use and gambling addiction. Once an issue is recognized The Way Back Inn can propose a treatment plan and a course of action that is design to educate our children and get them back on track.
Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15-19 year-olds in the United States and the third leading cause of death for 10-14 year-olds? The Proviso Public Partner has joined Elyssa’s Mission to provide hands-on support to area public schools and identify those teens most at-risk of suicide. Elyssa’s Mission funds and implements the evidence-based SOS Signs of Suicide Program in over 270 middle and high schools in Illinois (19 counties, over 115 suburbs) through our partnership we are conducting large-scale mental health screening and education programs throughout Proviso. We know that most youths who die by suicide suffer from a mental and/or substance use disorder, and this is why we have partnered with Elyssa’s Mission, to ensure we maintain a state of a readiness to intervene when a child is at risk.
PROVISO MATH AND SCIENCE ACADEMY
The Mind Health Matters Project is a partnership with School District 209 designed to emphasize to students that mental health is as important as education and physical health. The MHM Project aims to support students when they are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, depressed, or have displayed early warning signs of suicide. Along with the Proviso Math and Science Academy we are breaking away from the traditional brick and mortar services and embedding an experienced qualified mental health professional to intermingle among the students during lunch. This is to facilitate access for the students to talk about their problems with a clinical counselor who will determine if ongoing support is required. Furthermore, we have provided a 24-hour hotline for students to call and speak with a therapist using a telehealth system that allows them to connect face to face.