Screening Assessment and Support Services (SASS)
Screening Assessment and Support Services (SASS) is an intensive mental health program designed to provide crisis stabilization, pre-admission screening, assessment, and treatment of any child who may be at risk of psychiatric hospitalization and who is eligible for public funding under any program funded by one of three collaborating departments (IDHS, IHFS, and IDCFS). Services are child-centered, family-focused, community-based, and culturally competent, and occurring in the least-restrictive setting, and include multi-systems.
SASS provides 24 hours a day, 365 days a year screening, assessment, and follow up services, including case management, linkage, community support, and counseling/therapy, to youth referred to One Hope United by the Crisis and Referral Entry Services (CARES) Hotline and any youth residing within the counties of the Illinois Local Area Networks (LAN) of Washington County in LAN 7, Jefferson, Hamilton, or Wayne Counties in LAN 8, or Jasper, Clay, Marion, Fayette, and Effingham Counties within LAN 9. Transfer cases from other SASS programs are accepted, as well.
Who is Eligible?
- Children under age 18 seeking public funding for psychiatric services through the Department of Human Services.
- Children and adolescents under age 21 enrolled in the Department of Public Aid’s medical programs, including KidCare.
- Any person for whom the Department of Children & Family Services has legal responsibility.
There is no charge to youth and their families.
Making a Referral
Referrals must be made through the CARES hotline by calling 800.345.9049.