Chestnut Health Systems provides comprehensive treatment for children and youth ages infant to 21. We emphasize the importance of both the child and the parent understanding children's needs, behaviors and symptoms.

We offer effective, short-term interventions for a variety of difficulties faced by young people. Our treatment staff is experienced in helping families and children cope with such issues as depression and grief, anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), behavioral problems, family conflict, blended family issues, and serious trauma. Families with limited resources are typically eligible for financial assistance.

In working with children and families, Chestnut provides advocacy, case management, connections to community support, help in crisis situations, classes for parents, family counseling, group therapy, individual counseling, and consultation and evaluation by a psychiatrist as needed.

Child and Adolescent Medication Plus Program (CAMPP)

Have you ever wondered:

  • Are my child’s medications working?
  • Is there more I can do to help my child/family?
  • How will I get my child to several appointments per month?

If you have, this service was designed with you in mind. We have combined our most effective services into an accessible, comprehensive program to meet your medication and prescription needs, answer your questions and give you tools to make life easier for your family.

Chestnut Health Systems has created a “one-stop-shop” atmosphere and will be able to provide several services to your family on the day you come for your appointment including linkage, case management, psycho-education, and parenting support. We also provide services in the community as needed.

For more information, please call 618.877.4420  

Early Childhood Mental Health (Infant - 5 Years Old)

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health is a growing field that focuses on helping children build positive attachments that support healthy social-emotional development. These relationships are the foundation of mental health and start with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Relationships are not limited to family. For over 60% of children under 5, childcare providers are a primary caregiver. Unfortunately, young children are being expelled from childcare and preschools at triple the rate of grades K-12. (Gilliam, 2005) This sets into motion a cascade of negative experiences. Research shows that mental health consultation provided for early care educators can reduce this expulsion rate by 50%.

At Chestnut, we support children of all ages with mental health needs. Our early childhood mental health consultants work with childcare providers to support young children and their families with understanding and teaching healthy social-emotional skills. Sometimes a shift in perspective is necessary to understand that problem behaviors are a result of an emotional issue. The program is not about a diagnosis, treatment plan, or therapy, but rather supporting providers and families with developing and maintaining healthy relationships so a child can grow with that sense of security.

Dramatic changes are often an indicator of a child’s need for extra support. If you notice the child used to be quiet, but he now is screaming and angry or she used to be easy going and is now rigid, clingy, and inflexible, a consultation may be helpful. Our consultants have extensive training in child development as well as mental health and can help know what typical for a 2-year-old versus a 4-year-old.

For more information, please call 618.397.0900.

Early Intervention for Children With Incarcerated Parents (EICIP)

Early Intervention for Children with Incarcerated Parents (EICIP) serves families and children in Madison and St. Clair Counties in Illinois, helping children ages 4 through 17 who have at least one parent who is incarcerated or who have been released from jail or prison in the last six months. When possible, services are offered in a child’s home or school. When feasible, the child’s incarcerated parent is involved in services. The goals of EICIP are environmental, financial, emotional, and relational stability.

Services include:

  • Advocacy
  • Case management
  • Community support
  • Consultation and evaluation by a psychiatrist (when needed)
  • Crisis services
  • Education classes for parents
  • Family counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Individual counseling

For more information, please call 618.397.0900.

Mental Health Juvenile Justice (MHJJ)

An estimated 66 percent of youth involved in the juvenile justice system have symptoms related to a significant mental illness. Chestnut Health Systems understands the significant challenges children and families face when an adolescent is involved with the juvenile justice system. The Mental Health Juvenile Justice program (MHJJ) addresses mental health issues with the goal of avoiding re-arrest. MHJJ strengthens relationships among families, schools, courts, probation offices, and community partners.

MHJJ serves youth ages 10-18 in Madison and St. Clair Counties in Illinois who are involved with the juvenile justice system, experience mental health symptoms and have a medical card.

For more information, please call 618.397.0900.

School-Based Services

School-based programs help children who are having issues related to their mental health. We typically work with children at school, but can also provide help at the child’s home or elsewhere in the community. We collaborate with the school and the child’s family to diagnose and treat mental health issues and provide support. 

For more information, please call 618.397.0900.

Screening, Assessment, and Support Services (SASS)

Having a child in crisis can be overwhelming for families. The SASS program is committed to providing the support these families need with the goal of addressing significant mental health issues thus avoiding hospitalization. SASS hopes to strengthen relationships among families, schools, and other service providers in which these youth are involved.

SASS serves youth ages 0-21 years of age in St. Clair and Bond County, has a medical card or no insurance, must be experiencing a mental health crisis and may also be a DCFS ward.

Eligibility for SASS services is determined by the CARES crisis line and can be reached at 800.345.9049

For more program information, please call 618.397.0900.