The only requirement to joining the Independence Center is to be an adult age 18+ and have an ongoing mental illness. If you are interested in learning more about how we can help you, please contact us to set up an appointment with a case manager today.
INDEPENDENCE means to be strong in one’s SELF:
Social effectiveness, among family, extended support system, employer, or community
Empowerment to rise above apparent restrictions of mental illness or other natural barriers
Longevity in progress and consistent motivation to seek higher achievements
Functioning ability, whether cognitive, domestic, vocational, emotional or communal
OUR VISION is to provide adults with mental disabilities who seek the opportunity to be productive members of society the tools they need to achieve their goals in independence.
To that end, the Independence Center endeavors to provide quality rehabilitative programs, vocational training, and other support services that allow for reintegration into full social functioning, serving effected individuals and their community. It is our goal to develop a skilled, dedicated work force that embodies a strong ethic and harnesses positive momentum in order to achieve a lifestyle shift, and in turn, greatness in independence.
To be referred for membership the referral application must be completed and signed.
Referrals from other community agencies require a current, detailed psychosocial history, a current psychiatric assessment, and a signed release.
Considerations for membership for every applicant will include:
1. Is the applicant at least 18 years of age?
2. Does the applicant have a primary presenting problem due to with persistent mental illness?
3. Is the applicant interested in attending and be an active part of Independence Center?
4. Is the applicant able to get to the Independence Center regularly?
5. Does the applicant pose a threat to the Independence Center's community?
6. If the applicant has a history of substance abuse, is (s)he sober or able to maintain sobriety
at the Independence Center and on any of the Independence Center's sponsored community
All positions at Independence Center are rewarding on a whole new level
Better pay, benefits, diversity
More autonomy, creativity
Balanced work life
Flexible day hours
Business Casual Dress Code
**Qualified Mental Health Case Managers**
The Qualified Mental Health Case Manager positions are members of Independence Center’s integrated clinical team. The position is full-time. This position requires knowledge of social work and psychological theories. Individual must be able to respond and assist in emergencies and have very good interpersonal, mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills. She/he must have well developed organizational, verbal and written communication and computer skills. This individual must be flexible, adaptable, and able to work effectively in a variety of settings, in a cross-cultural situation, and be knowledgeable of the services available in the community. She/he must demonstrate sound judgment, particularly in dealing with safety issues and in dealing with aggressive members. The individual must have an understanding of crisis management and the ability to deal with life-threatening situations, including the prevention of suicide. Due to the requirement of travel within the community with members, a valid driver’s license is required.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in social work, counseling, psychology, or a related discipline.
**Receptionist/ Scheduler **
Summary: This is a full-time position responsible for front desk receptionist duties and scheduling of all appointments. This position acts as a gatekeeper to track member attendance and to ensure members attend on appropriate days.
· Demonstrate appropriate professionalism as well as a positive attitude in all dealings with members, other staff, and other agencies.
· Maintain a productive working relationship with the supervisor, receive supervision regularly. Seek help in system resolution when needed. Become proficient in all duties assigned.
· Open and close Center doors at appropriate times.
· Act as a gatekeeper and track member attendance. Ensure each member is attending on appropriate days.
o Create, print, and have each member sign the “Daily Sign-In Sheet.”
o Prevent members from entering the building if they are not scheduled to be at the Center and notify them of their proper days or time to attend.
· Track and collect and upload to echart in CIS identification, income, and insurance documentation.
· Check initial and ongoing insurance eligibility, obtain necessary items from the state for new members (RIN numbers, service packages), enters demographic, and other necessary information into the CIS system.
· Conduct insurance eligibility checks on all members every week.
o Update the CIS system pay sources and clinician assignments as needed based on eligibility checks.
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2025 Washington Street, Waukegan, IL 60085, US
Holiday hours may vary.