Nachusa Lutheran Home

Nachusa touches the lives of children and families each day, offering opportunities for change, the chance to develop new skills and most importantly, hope through a variety of innovative services.

The campus is home to several LSSI programs such as foster care and adoption, outpatient counseling, crisis intervention, in-home counseling and residential treatment for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral and substance abuse problems.

For more information about Nachusa Lutheran Home, call 815.284.7796.

Crisis Intervention Services (Youth)

LSSI provides services to youth who have run away from home, have been locked out of their homes, or are experiencing problems at home, school, or in the community. These include short-term crisis intervention services and outpatient counseling to youth and their families during the crisis. This program provides services for other at-risk youth who may be on probation, struggling in school, or in need of extra support, as well as follow-up counseling for youth who have run away or been locked out of their homes. Services are available to residents in Carroll, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties.

Intensive Stabilization Placement

Services include crisis intervention, in-home counseling, and support and training for foster caregivers. The program’s ultimate goal is to provide a stabilizing effect to children who are at-risk of being removed from their foster home.

Project LEAD (Leaders Encouraging Abstinence from Drugs)

A community-based program designed to build coalitions in Lee and Ogle counties dedicated to substance abuse prevention, LSSI staff organize community members to find ways to increase education and prevention services tailored to their area’s specific issues. LSSI’s Project LEAD program serves schools in Lee and Ogle counties.

Residential Treatment for Youth (Choices)

Choices at Nachusa Lutheran Home provides treatment and support for adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and alcohol and drug treatment needs within a structured setting.

Choices House

A 24-hour inpatient alcohol/drug treatment program for adolescents that helps empower clients to see their strengths and gifts. Educational services are provided on campus by a licensed teacher/counselor. Staff members also assist families and loved ones of those living with an alcohol or drug addiction. Services include:

  • individual, group, and family counseling
  • Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings
  • community service
  • education

Choices serves clients from throughout northern Illinois and metro Chicago.