Thresholds provides services and resources for persons with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Illinois. We work with many populations, including youth and young adults, veterans, young mothers, deaf, and individuals experiencing homelessness, among others.
We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to live an independent, healthy life.
Founded in 1959, Thresholds provides healthcare, housing, and hope for thousands of persons with mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Illinois each year. Through care, employment, advocacy, and housing, Thresholds assists and inspires people with mental illnesses to reclaim their lives.
Last year, Thresholds served more than 12,500 adults and youth, with 75% of services delivered out in the community, representing more than 500,000 hours of care.
Thresholds is one of the oldest and largest providers of recovery services for persons with mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Illinois. We offer 30 innovative programs at more than 75 locations throughout Chicago, the adjacent suburbs, and four surrounding counties. Services include assertive outreach, case management, housing, employment, education, psychiatry, primary care, substance use treatment, and research.
Thresholds’ staff meets people where they are – out in the community. Offering services in a community-based setting makes them more accessible and effective and lessens the social exclusion that is often present in the lives of persons living with mental illnesses and substance use conditions. This allows our staff and clients to work on skills, clinical interventions, and recovery that allows them to live independent lives in their own neighborhoods
Our clients are all unique – coming from vastly different backgrounds and arriving with different needs, talents, and hopes. Each client works with our staff to set their own specific short-term goals and objectives, based on their needs, desires, and level of self-sufficiency. Recovery from mental illnesses and substance use is possible. Recovery is a process of finding and living a satisfying and meaningful life, as one defines it for oneself. We assist our clients as they work to reclaim a positive sense of self, and discover their own potential, gifts, and skills.
Recovery from mental illnesses and substance use is possible. Recovery is a process of finding and living a satisfying and meaningful life, as one defines it for oneself. We assist our clients as they work to reclaim a positive sense of self, and discover their own potential, gifts, and skills.
We believe that the relationship between staff and clients is one of mutual respect, decision-making, and direction.
Most individuals that we serve have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness. Diagnoses include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, and severe post-traumatic stress disorder. This also includes individuals who are experiencing substance use conditions – either coexisting with their mental illness or on its own.
At the time of initial service, 90% of our clients are unemployed and living well below the National Poverty Level, and approximately half have co-occurring substance use conditions, and most have at least one advanced physical health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.
Thresholds believes in a respectful, collaborative approach, where staff and clients work together to design an individualized course of treatment. Our prevailing goal is to help our clients experience lives of greater autonomy and happiness.
Everyone should have the opportunity to live a life of value, self-respect, compassion, and dignity. All of our members arrive with untapped potential, full of gifts and skills to develop.
Mark Ishaug, M.A.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief of Community Engagement and Equity
Peggy Flaherty, L.C.S.W.
Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations
Mark Furlong, L.C.S.W.
Chief Operating Officer
Debra Howard-Frye, M.A.
Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations
Chief Talent Officer
Heather O’Donnell, J.D.
Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy
Debbie Pavick, L.C.S.W.
Chief Clinical Officer
Chief Development Officer
Al Shoreibah, C.P.A., M.B.A.
Chief Financial Officer
Ademola (Dayo) Popoola
Chief Information Officer
Steve Weinstein, M.D.
Suzet M. McKinney, DrPH, MPH – President
Dr. Ven Mothkur – Vice President
Robert Spencer – Treasurer
Jim Kolar – Assistant Treasurer
Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler – Secretary
Minal Varma – Assistant Secretary
Benjamin J. Albrecht
Barbara Barreno-Paschall, JD, MPP
Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D.
Crystal Glover, Ph.D.
Satyender Goel, Ph.D.
Ronald B. Grais, JD*
Mary Jo Herseth*
Roxanne M. Martino*
Ina N. Owens, LCSW
Christine M. Rhode
Dr. Beth Rom-Rymer
Linda G. Sahagian
Dr. Garth Walker
Richard J. Loewenthal, Jr.
The Thresholds Junior Board (TJB) is a community of people who are passionate about mental health. TJB members contribute a diversity of experience and expertise and are committed to Thresholds’ mission of providing healthcare, housing, and hope to persons with mental illnesses and substance use disorders each year. Through fundraising and volunteerism, the TJB works to grow Thresholds and its life-saving services. For more information, please contact Julie Epstein or Carolyn Herseth.
TJB members are required to: