Young adult mental illness home care program opening


Yellowbrick, an Evanston mental health facility for young adults, will launch a home healthcare services program next month.

The core competence program will offer at-home consultation for young adults suffering from mental illness to teach them independent living skills.

Occupational therapists will go to the young adult’s home to teach them meal planning, grocery shopping, budgeting, organizing, how to apply for jobs and similar skills. Services will be offered to those age 17 to 30 living within 10 miles of Yellowbrick’s Evanston location.

“Young adults who have returned from being hospitalized for a mental health issue — such as for a suicide attempt, depression, or a psychotic episode — often can’t take care of their basic needs, such as taking a shower, doing their laundry or buying groceries,” said Dr. Jesse Viner, CEO and chief medical officer at Yellowbrick. “This program is designed to be a bridge between returning from the hospital and resuming a regular life.”

Viner says teaching these young adults basic life-skills reduces expensive hospital stays and prevents relapse. “The goal of the Core Competence Home Healthcare program is to reduce the suffering, impairment and cost of major psychiatric episodes and residual mental illness,” he said.

Yellowbrick says its program will be the first private, psychiatric home health care service offered on Chicago’s North Shore, and the company hopes to expand services throughout the Chicago area in the future.

Prospective clients will have an initial assessment by a Yellowbrick occupational therapist and psychiatrist for $500. Ongoing home visits will cost $125 to $200 per hour.

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