The Independence Center Can Help You Heal


Your Independence Is Possible

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. 

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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 


Join Our Team


Transportation Manager

The position is full-time. The primary objective of this position is to develop and maintain the transportation program.  This position requires knowledge and understanding of basic automotive maintenance and general building maintenance skills.  The ability to maintain a positive rapport with members and staff is essential.  Individuals must be able to respond and assist in emergencies and have good interpersonal, mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution skills.  She/he must demonstrate sound judgment particularly in dealing with safety issues and in dealing with aggressive individuals. 


Qualified Mental Health Case Manager- Floating

 The case manager is responsible for providing initial and ongoing assessment, clinical diagnosis, and development of individualized treatment plans for members of the Independence Center.   They will identify and recommend appropriate therapeutic and case management interventions to assist the member in meeting their treatment goals.   Case managers often need to assess members in crisis situations (including safety assessments to others or the member themselves) and take appropriate action to manage the situation.  Each case manager is assigned a caseload of members for whom they provide required services to promote their mental and physical well-being.  


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Independence Center

2025 Washington Street, Waukegan, IL 60085, US

(847) 360-1020


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08:30 am – 03:30 pm

Holiday hours may vary.