Call Governor Rauner TODAY – The Health of Millions is at Stake


Congressional leaders have signaled their intentions to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (the ACA, also known as Obamacare) and fundamentally weaken Medicaid as soon as January 2017. Health coverage for over 1 million Illinoisans is at stake and we need you to speak out for all the progress we have made.

Congress has asked Governor Rauner for input on how they should change the ACA and Medicaid. The Governor has until January 6th to respond, and we must act now to make sure he conveys how important these programs are for our community.




Call Governor Rauner at 312-814-2121(Chicago) OR 217-782-0244 (Springfield) TODAY and let him know what health care means to you and your community! When you call, use the following script:

Hello, my name is _____ and I am a resident of Illinois. Governor Rauner should tell Congress that Illinois benefits from the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid and refuses to move backward. I urge Governor Rauner to stand strong to protect health care access provided by the ACA and Medicaid.


Here are some additional talking points to use if you need:

Protect Our Care!
It would be a moral outrage to strip people of the lifesaving coverage they have under Obamacarewithout an immediate plan for a replacement that does not cause millions of people to become uninsured. Delaying a replacement would be harmful to Illinoisans and cause chaos to the insurance markets. Here’s more information about what’s at stake in Illinois.

No Medicaid Block Grant or Caps!
Medicaid is vital for Illinois communities. Medicaid keeps kids healthy and allows them to do better in school; it helps seniors and people with disabilities stay in their homes instead of institutional care. Medicaid expansion has provided coverage to 650,000 new adults, improving access to a wide range of critical health care, including preventive care, chronic disease management, and mental health and substance use disorder services. Block grants and caps will halt this progress in its tracks by forcing a multi-billion dollar cut in federal support, which is both the aim and the effect of block grants and caps.

We Will Not Go Back to the Pre-ACA Days!
Obamacare and Medicaid expansion protects us from discrimination against pre-existing conditions and financial ruin in a crisis; it provides insurance coverage to those who cannot afford it; it helps us work; it allows us to contribute to our communities and our state; it is critical for raising our families. We will not surrender this progress!

Share Your Story!
Share your story of how Medicaid or other health coverage helped you and your family. Have you been able to afford needed treatment? Gotten back to work? What would happen if you lost your healthcare coverage?

Please act now and make sure our state is on record as supporting health coverage for ALL our communities. For more information about the threats to Medicaid and the ACA, please check out the Keep Illinois Covered webpage and sign up to get involved. We can win this fight, but only with your help!

Donor Spotlight – McHenry County Community Foundation

Donor Spotlight – McHenry County Community Foundation

McHenry County Community FoundationThis month, Thresholds proudly features the McHenry County Community Foundation.

The McHenry County Community Foundation is a trusted community leader that works hard to build a better world in McHenry County. They provides individuals with innovative ways to use their charitable dollars for the good of the community, directing all unrestricted dollars toward local unmet needs.

The McHenry County Community Foundation is an important partner to Thresholds, most recently supporting the agency’s Homeless Outreach Program. This initiative connects individuals experiencing homelessness and mental illness to stable housing and the additional support services needed for a successful recovery.  The program places particular focus on individuals in McHenry who, because of their mental illness, have been unable to benefit from existing services. Through focused community outreach and partnerships with other service providers in the area, Thresholds identifies and supports  individuals experiencing homelessness and mental illnesses, giving them a chance to reclaim their lives and reach their full potential.

Thresholds thanks the McHenry County Community Foundation for its support.  We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with you in serving the residents of McHenry County.

Chicago Tribune Names Thresholds a Winner of The Chicago 2016 Top Workplaces Award!

Chicago Tribune Names Thresholds a Winner of The Chicago 2016 Top Workplaces Award!

Chicago Tribune's 100 Top Workplaces 2016Thresholds is honored to once again be named a 2016 Top Workplace by the Chicago Tribune. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement.

Thresholds CEO Mark Ishaug expressed his gratitude and excitement for the agency to be included on this prestigious list, sharing that this award is also an opportunity to ensure Thresholds is serving its staff members with the same standard of excellence they use to serve our clients. “Thresholds employees are what make this agency so great,” he explained, “They are dedicated to serving others and doing as much good in the world as they can, so it is our responsibility to make sure that they are also taken care of and given what they need to succeed.”

Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection. WorkplaceDynamics CEO Doug Claffey stated that to be a Top Workplace, “organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together.”

In 2015, Thresholds was the top listed nonprofit to be named a Chicago Tribune Top 100 Workplace, ranking sixth overall on the large employer list. Thresholds was also recently named one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, its third consecutive year receiving this honor.

October Donor Spotlight – Community Memorial Foundation

Donor Spotlight – Community Memorial Foundation

Thresholds happily features Community Memorial Foundation (CMF) in our October Donor Spotlight.

cmf_logo-2010Established in 1995, CMF works to improve the health of people who live and work in the western suburbs of Chicago, seeking to transform the region into the healthiest in the country. CMF brings its mission and vision to reality by funding grants that improve healthcare access, expand health and human services, build capacity, and respond to the community’s needs.

Since its founding, Community Memorial Foundation has awarded $67 million to non-profits, including Thresholds.

This past July, CMF generously awarded $21,000 to Thresholds’ Emerge West Program, which expands critical behavioral health and support services to young adults in west suburban Cook and southeastern DuPage counties.  Emerge West is a program designed to help 18 – 26 year-olds with behavioral health challenges transition into adulthood and become participating members of the community. Emerge staff provide clients with trauma-focused dialectical behavior therapy, supported employment, medication management, and socializing activities. Emerge also engages in intensive outreach efforts, conducting education workshops and connecting with schools, hospitals, and mental health providers to ensure individuals who need our services are aware of and connected to them.

Thresholds thanks CMF for helping launch this new program. CMF’s generous support will improve the health and well-being of individuals with mental illness, giving them the resources needed for a hopeful recovery.

Thresholds Staff Member Caity-Shea Violette Named As Part of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership’s 2017 Fellows Class

Thresholds Staff Member Caity-Shea Violette Named As Part of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership’s 2017 Fellows Class

Caity-Shea VioletteThresholds Marketing and Communications Manager, Caity-Shea Violette, joins 18 competitively selected emerging leaders with disabilities to participate in ADA 25 Advancing Leadership‘s 2017 Fellows Class. ADA 25 Advancing Leadership, an initiative of The Chicago Community Trust, was formed to build “a network of leaders with disabilities who are deeply engaged in the civic life of the Chicago region and advancing in their careers – consistent with the promise of the ADA.”

Fellows will attend a Leadership Institute retreat in January and March of 2017, as well as seeking entry to a Civic Connections Project and joining a Members Network, with support provided by Chicago Community Trust, Exelon, BMO Harris, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.

“In ADA 25 Advancing Leadership’s second year, we are delighted to see the level of interest by applicants with disabilities and the commitment from the wider community to appoint our Members to boards, commissions and task forces,” Steve Solomon, Vice President of Corporate Relations, Exelon, said. “We welcome the 2017 Fellows to our network and know this diverse group holds great promise for the future of the Chicago region.”

In addition to her work at Thresholds, Caity-Shea is also a national award-winning playwright and actress whose work explores trauma, invisible disabilities, and gender-based violence.


Thresholds offers Blue Island a compassionate, community-based approach to substance use treatment and recovery

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Thresholds offers Blue Island a compassionate, community-based approach to substance use treatment and recovery

CHICAGO—Thresholds, Chicago’s largest and oldest provider of comprehensive mental health services, announces it will offer outpatient-based services for substance use treatment from their location in Blue Island, IL.

Thresholds’ first substance use treatment program aims to provide south suburban Cook County outpatient-based care needed for helping people achieve sustained recovery. Staff work closely with people who have alcohol and substance use concerns as well as their families. The program welcomes individuals who are questioning whether they have a problem with alcohol and/or drugs, as well as individuals who are seeking successfully step down from hospital or residential care, in order to maintain their recovery goals once they return home.

Thresholds Substance Use Treatment Program in Blue Island“Thresholds has a long history of providing person-centered, recovery-focused behavioral health services that help people to live independent and healthy lives. Our substance use treatment program is built with the same model,” says Tim Devitt, Vice President of Clinical Operations at Thresholds. “Asking for help for a substance use concern can be difficult. We understand that and stand ready to help people develop their individual pathways for recovery, with support from us and the people they want to include in their care.”

“As substance use, including alcohol and marijuana, continues to rise in our communities, Thresholds is committed to meeting the increased need for services in the greater Chicagoland area,” says Gabriela Zapata-Alma, Substance Use Treatment Program Director. “Our program is designed to be particularly sensitive to each individuals’ goals and history. We respect each person as the expert on their life, and seek to partner with and empower them in their recovery.

Thresholds provides Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Services that are person-centered, trauma-informed, holistic, and supported by strong research evidence. Group and individual counseling services, including therapy, case management, family and couples counseling, and medication assisted treatment to address drug and alcohol cravings and withdrawal, are offered through the program. The length of treatment and services provided are based on individual needs and preferences. Integrated treatment is available for those who seek both mental health and substance use support. Currently, the program is only offered to adults and will soon be open to adolescents.

Desired outcomes include overall improvements in health and recovery from substance use, such as reduction in usage of substances, mental health stabilization, improvements in family and social relationships, and increased involvement in employment, educational pursuits, and contributions to the community. Thresholds plans to next expand to additional locations in the north suburbs, west suburbs, and north Chicago, as well as working with the Chicago Police Department to offer treatment rather than arrest to persons with substance use concerns.

Thresholds is a nationally recognized industry leader in mental health, housing and employment services for persons with mental illnesses. For many years, Thresholds has provided the Evidence-Based Practice of Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment, which provides services to persons with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

Contact: Emily Moen,, 773-572-5172


Senator Dick Durbin Blue Island Thresholds Substance Use VisitIn July 2016, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin paid a visit to Thresholds location in Blue Island.


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It’s Mental Illness Awareness Week!

Mental Illness Awareness Week at Thresholds

It’s Mental Illness Awareness Week!

The first week of October is dedicated to raising awareness of mental illnesses. Thresholds is proud to participate, alongside NAMI and other organizations nationwide.

We hope you’ll help us spread awareness, educate the public, and advocate for our clients and all individuals experiencing mental illnesses. Listed below are a couple of ways that you can take an active role in Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Thresholds’ social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) will feature posts about mental health. Like, share, comment, retweet, repost, etc. to educate and raise awareness.

Our friends at NAMI want to replace stigma with hope. Visit their website to take their pledge. Share it on social media and encourage others to do the same.

LIMELIGHT is only a few weeks away! Thresholds stands up to stigma in style at LIMELIGHT, our annual concert event dedicated to illuminating the need for mental health awareness and eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. It will be an unforgettable evening that inspires guests with powerful messaging and delights with delicious food and an incredible performance by singer-songwriter and seven-time Grammy nominee Joan Osborne!  

Invite your friends and family to attend the event, enter into the raffle, or make a donation. This is a fun and exciting night to support Thresholds’ efforts for mental health.

Limelight 2016 presented by Associated Bank

September Donor Spotlight – Peoples Gas

Donor Spotlight – Peoples Gas

Thresholds is proud to feature Peoples Gas for September’s Donor Spotlight.

Peoples Gas LogoFormed in 1850, Peoples Gas was the first utility in the city of Chicago, lighting the city streets with gas lamps. After more than 165 years, they serve more than 800,000 customers within 234 square miles in Chicago, employing approximately 2,000 people in the state of Illinois.

In addition to its proud corporate history, Peoples Gas is committed to investing in the communities it serves.  As a supporter of Thresholds for the past 40 years, Peoples Gas has given the organization more than $100,000, most recently supporting our Veterans Project.  Since launching in December 2010, the Veterans Project has emerged as the gold standard for community-based veteran programs.  Our team of mental health professionals – many of whom are veterans – provide a full suite of services including housing linkage, career advancement services, individual and group therapies, and substance abuse counseling.  This holistic approach gives veterans the supports needed for a successful, hopeful recovery.

We are extremely grateful to Peoples Gas for helping make our work possible and for helping our members reach their full potential.  Their consistent generosity has undoubtedly impacted the lives of thousands of individuals struggling with mental illness.

August Donor Spotlight – Michael Reese Health Trust

August Donor Spotlight – Michael Reese Health Trust

This month we are pleased to feature the Michael Reese Health Trust in our Donor Spotlight.

MRHT Logo Since its founding in 1995, The Michael Reese Health Trust has been an active player in improving the health and well-being of the Chicago metro-area’s most vulnerable populations. Their ability to bring stakeholders together for collaborative problem-solving and effective program development makes them a true catalyst for change.

For over 18 years, the Michael Reese Health Trust has provided more than $500,000 in financial support to Thresholds and the clients we serve. Their generosity includes support for our behavioral health advocacy work, which continues to position Thresholds as a thought-leader on the policies impacting those with mental illnesses. Most recently, the Michael Reese Health Trust awarded Thresholds a core grant that will help launch a call center and 24/7 crisis response system. Once established, this resource will give our clients quicker access to services and enable our staff to better coordinate communication with providers, payers, and partners.

Thresholds is grateful to the Michael Reese Health Trust for their long-standing support and the many ways they have helped our clients on their path to recovery.

July Donor Spotlight – Northern Trust

July Donor Spotlight – Northern Trust

NorthernTrust_Logo_CenterStack_RGB_greenThresholds is proud to feature Northern Trust as July’s Donor Spotlight.

Since its founding as a Chicago-based bank over 125 years ago, Northern Trust has grown into one of the world’s most trusted financial services companies, with more than 20 international locations and 16,500 employees globally. By sticking to its core principles of service, expertise, and integrity, Northern Trust has survived and thrived during the Great Depression, two world wars, and the 2008 financial crisis.

Northern Trust is committed to the communities it serves and has established a reputation for being a leader in corporate and social responsibility. As a valued partner of Thresholds for over 35 years, Northern Trust has contributed more than $400,000 toward a variety of areas including event sponsorship and, most recently, the Homeless Families Program. The Homeless Families Program is designed to help members who have a mental illness forge a path towards a more stable family life. The program works to address each family’s immediate mental health and social service needs by linking them to an array of resources including family-friendly affordable housing, child care, and child therapy.

Thresholds is grateful for Northern Trust’s continued generosity and their commitment to those struggling with mental illnesses.