Project IMPACT Expands to Methodist Hospital, Chicago

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) has expanded its hospital-based crisis intervention and mental health screenings on Chicago's north side with the recent opening of Project IMPACT (Immediate Multidisciplinary Pre-Screening Assessment Crisis Team) at Methodist Hospital, 5025 N. Paulina, in the Andersonville/Ravenswood neighborhood.

Project IMPACT at Methodist Hospital expands on a 23-year-old program established and managed by LSSI at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood and at Community First Medical Center in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood.

Project IMPACT serves all adult-age patients who come to the Methodist Hospital Emergency Department (ED) needing mental health or substance use care. These individuals in crisis receive help regardless of their ability to pay and the path—walk-in, drop-off, or other referral sources—that brought them to the hospital's emergency department.

Following a client screening and evaluation, IMPACT staff consult with ED staff to either find admission to area psychiatric hospital units or refer them to the appropriate follow-up services in the community.

"The Project IMPACT model has proven effective in its 23-year history," said the program's director Manoj Patel. "Building on that success, and with the help of philanthropic support from a local family foundation, we have been able to expand the program to several other hospitals, including Methodist. Many people aren't aware that mental health or alcohol/drug treatment is available outside of the Emergency Department. Project IMPACT can help people get connected to care in the community."

With the Project IMPACT program, Methodist Hospital has additional resources to provide to its patients and community residents who need care for mental health or substance use issues.

"It is a very exciting time for Methodist Hospital as we venture into partnership with Lutheran Social Services of Illinois," said Lovelyn Paddock, BSN, PMH, RN-BC, Director of Behavioral Medicine at Methodist. "It is our hope that with this joint effort, we will be able to meet the increasing demands in psychiatric services and follow-up care of the community and the population that we serve."

With LSSI's history of providing mental health services on Chicago’s north and northwest side, Project IMPACT at Methodist Hospital staff will have a full complement of resources to which patients can be referred to in the community.

About Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Serving Illinois since 1867, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) is a nonprofit social service organization of the three Illinois synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). LSSI is the largest statewide social service provider, serving nearly 70,000 people across Illinois last year. The organization provides critical programs for Illinois residents including foster care, early childhood education, mental health services, alcohol and drug treatment, affordable senior housing, residential programs for people with developmental disabilities, and programs that help formerly incarcerated individuals integrate back into society.


Barb Hailey