- Organization Name:Allendale Association
- Address:P.O. Box 1088
600 West Grand
Lake Villa, IL 60046
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Founded in 1897, the Allendale Association is not-for-profit organization dedicated to excellence and innovation in care, treatment, education and advocacy for young people who suffer from mental illness or trauma resulting in severe emotional or behavioral disabilities. Allendale is one of the oldest residential treatment centers in Illinois for children and adolescents from ages 7 to 21. Currently, the Allendale Association serves over 1,260 children, adolescents, young adults and families in need annually. Allendale is headquartered in Lake Villa, located 30 miles northwest of downtown Chicago.
The residential treatment programs provide a safe living environment for children and adolescents through short term diagnostic and longer term intensive treatment experiences. The intensive programs provide residents with a child-to-staff ratio of at least four to one. The various treatment units are organized to serve a particular population grouped by age, social/emotional and intellectual functioning levels. The goal is to help children overcome hardships of child abuse and neglect and benefit from a stable living and learning environment that addresses their problems and also develops solutions.
We provide secure (24 hour coverage) and safe housing for all students in our residential program through family-style cottages and group homes where students contribute to the success of the environment. In most cases, we provide students with the home that they never had.
Our school serves youth in grades 3-12, with post 12th grade vocational and transition supports and classes available through the age of 21. The school programs are geared specifically to meet the needs of students who manifest significant social, emotional and/or behavioral challenges and demonstrate difficulties with learning and comprehension. At Allendale, we believe it's critical and essential to stabilize a student's behavior issues before an educational plan can be developed.
Allendale's educational programs provide comprehensive special education services to over 150 students in our residential programs and to an additional 150 students in our day-education programs. The day program provides certified education services to students who have intact families, but need specialized care. At the end of the school day, these students return to their families. We accept day students from surrounding communities within a 60 mile radius of our Lake Villa, IL and Woodstock, IL campuses.
We work with families, caregivers, the student, special education teachers, vocational counselors, instructional assistants, therapists, school psychologists, and our medical staff to help coordinate and develop an educational plan for each student.
Fact: Overall, 75% of the students in our care show significant improvements in math, reading, English, and comprehension.
Mental Health Services
Allendale’s Restoring Healthy Minds Initiative is a community-based program that provides mental health services to the general community as well as the children and youth in residential care at the Allendale Association (a facility for youth who are wards of the State and/or placed in child protective services). The program is administered Allendale’s Bradley Counseling Center (BCC).
Our Goal is to Work with Youth and Families in Partnership to develop a Treatment Plan
The goal of Allendale’s outpatient and community services program is to maintain a child within the community and keep the natural family intact. We also work with our clients to discuss and explain services available to them, other programs in the community to consider, support groups, and other information that will help them become partners with Allendale in their treatment and advocates of their own personal goals. Allendale’s staff is comprised of clinicians and mental health professionals. The Clinical and Community Services program staff provide comprehensive services in the areas of Diagnostic Assessment, Therapeutic Intervention, and Helping Clients Create and Manage Their Treatment and Life Plan.
Allendale opened its doors to youth (who suffered from abuse and neglect) during the end of the 1800s. Those children, like the youth we serve today, needed a home, a school, and a place to heal, find restoration, direction and purpose. We operate a residential facility for youth who have been removed from their home and community because of abuse and neglect; a special education school for youth who suffer from chronic emotional and behavior problems; and a community-based mental health clinic to help youth and their families get on the road to recovery. Our main facility, as well as our satellite locations, is located within the community.
Our role at Allendale, through our programs, is to (1) change the direction of each child or youth in our care with innovative programming, love and accountability, and caring teachers and counselors, (2) increase a child's or youth's opportunities for success in the community and school; (3) and decrease the likelihood that children in our care will participate in criminal activity. Currently, the Allendale Association serves over 1,260 children, adolescents, young adults and families in need annually.
Several years ago, the psychiatric and counseling staff at Allendale developed the REStArt model -- a comprehensive and unique systems-approach to treatment with youth who struggle with emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges. REStArT (Relational Re-Enactment Systems Approach to Treatment) is based on thirteen principles to help guide human service professionals, family members and youth in developing interventions to help break chronic "conflict cycles", repair relationships and learn new ways to be successful at home, in school, and in the community.
In 2011, Allendale received the Council on Accreditation Innovative Practices Award based on results of the full implementation of its REStArT model.
- Year established:1897
- Organization type:Grantseeker
- Country of registration:United States
- Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
- IRS Section:501(c)(3)
- IRS Subsection:None
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