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Transitions to receive more than $573,000 to expand crisis response services

Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 5:48 PM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - A local social services agency will soon be able to help more people thanks to a new grant.

Transitions received $573,000 to create a new mobile response system.

Transitions Director of Mental Health and Children Services Jessica Peters said often times the people she helps feel like they don’t have many options to get the support they need.

“If they feel like somebody cares, then maybe they won’t think about ending their life,” Peters said. “Maybe they’ll understand and know that the future can be bright.”

She said the grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services will allow them to expand their crisis response services.

“Doesn’t matter their walk of life, people with private insurance, people with Medicaid, people with no funding source at all, we can help them,” Peters said. “We can go where they’re at, wherever the crisis is occurring.”

Director of Development Barbara Baker Chapin said this grant helps agencies like Transitions prepare for the Federal Communications Commission’s 988 system when it starts in July 2022.

“A person who’s having a mental health crisis can simply call 988 in the future, and they will access crisis intervention specialists who can speak with them, and that team can access the mobile crisis services if needed,” Chapin said.

Chapin said that 988 system will be similar to the 911 emergency system.

She said this grant will also allow them to come up with alternatives to hospitalization and connect people in need with resources to prevent future hospitalizations.

“Facilitate kind of a firm linkage of the individual to ongoing services for them and also you know, relieve law enforcement by having mental health staff there with them to assist in a crisis situation,” Chapin said.

Chapin said they’re using the money they’ve received so far from this grant to hire staff.

She said the organization must hire hire bachelor’s degree-level staff who will be trained in crisis intervention. And they need to take on recovery specialists who have lived experience with mental health issues, but who have sought out treatment and have moved forward.

To apply go to Transitions Western Illinois.

If you need support you can call:

Local 24-hour Crisis Intervention: (217) 222-1166

National Crisis Intervention: (800) 273-8255

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