With the need for behavioral health services on a constant rise in McHenry County, Pioneer Center is creating ways to allow the public quicker and better access to services. Starting March 2, the organization is expanding its walk-in admissions hours. On Mondays and Thursdays from 9 am to 3 pm, individuals will be able to visit Pioneer Center’s Veterans Parkway location in McHenry at a time most convenient for them—without calling ahead for an appointment. Called “CareNow,” this new admissions model is just one step in Pioneer Center’s mission to make access to service quicker and easier.
“Since the start of CareNow, 23 individuals have utilized our new walk-in hours. The concept has provided much needed flexibility for people and we are very excited to be able to expand the hours even more,” said Danielle La Ha, Admissions Manager.
During the visit, individuals will fill out admissions paperwork, receive a mental health assessment and an individualized treatment plan. They will also leave with their first appointment with a therapist, psychiatrist or case manager scheduled—or be ready to attend their first group session. Individuals should bring with their: Illinois State ID or Driver’s License, Social Security card, proof of Medicaid/Medicare/Insurance and proof of household income. In addition, to further expedite the process, they are encouraged to fill out and bring with them the admissions forms found at www.pioneercenter.org/needhelp.
In addition, Pioneer Center is introducing a new adult therapy group called “Beginning the Journey” on Tuesdays at 2:00 pm. This ongoing, open group will be facilitated by a licensed clinician and assist new adult behavioral health clients in learning more about their treatment and recovery path through Pioneer Center.
The Admissions Office is located at Pioneer Center for Community Mental Health at 4100 Veterans Parkway in McHenry. To learn more, call 815.759.7204 or email GetHelp@www.pioneercenter.org.