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St. Coletta’s of Illinois expands services to include behavioral health

May 23, 2024

Opens Behavioral Health Clinic to better serve developmentally disabled community

St. Coletta’s of Illinois, a leading provider of comprehensive services for developmentally disabled children and adults, is proud to announce the expansion of its offerings with the launch of a Behavioral Health Clinic. This new clinic will cater specifically to individuals with developmental disabilities who struggle with behavioral issues, providing them with specialized care and support.

Obtaining its licensing from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services marks a significant milestone for St. Coletta’s of Illinois, enabling the nonprofit social service organization to fulfill its mission of enhancing the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities through innovative and tailored services.

The Behavioral Health Clinic will offer a range of services designed to address the unique needs of each individual, including assessment, diagnosis and personalized treatment plans. The clinic’s team of experienced clinical therapists, including counselors and social workers, will work collaboratively with clients and their families to develop strategies for managing challenging behaviors and improving overall well-being.

“We are thrilled to announce the opening of our Behavioral Health Clinic, which represents a significant step forward in our commitment to serving individuals with developmental disabilities,” said St. Coletta’s CEO Heather Benedick. “Behavioral challenges can present significant barriers to a fulfilling life, and our goal is to provide the specialized care and support needed to help individuals thrive.”

Based in Tinley Park, St. Coletta’s of Illinois has a long-standing reputation for excellence in the field of developmental disabilities, offering a comprehensive array of services, including educational, residential and vocational training services. The addition of the Behavioral Health Clinic further strengthens the organization’s ability to meet the diverse needs of the individuals it serves.

The launch of the Behavioral Health Clinic underscores St. Coletta’s of Illinois’ ongoing commitment to innovation and excellence in the field of developmental disabilities. By providing specialized care and support, the organization continues to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

“I look forward to extending our reach to those who have long been overlooked by traditional avenues of care,” said St. Coletta’s Psychology Director Lauren Mock. “Serving the underserved is not just a duty, but a privilege, and I am eager to provide a beacon of hope and healing to individuals who have struggled to access the support they deserve.”

For 75 years, St. Coletta’s of Illinois has been nurturing the potential of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through its educational, residential and vocational training services. Its therapeutic day school, the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. School for Exceptional Children, serves developmentally delayed students ages 3-22 while its Community Day Services program works with adults, helping them build adaptive learning skills, improve economic self-sufficiency and become more independent.

More than 300 children and adults from the south and southwest suburbs depend on St. Coletta’s programs and services each year.

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