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About Thresholds


Thresholds is Illinois' oldest and largest organization delivering services to people with severe mental illness. For 50 years, Thresholds has served the greater Chicagoland community with more than 100 program locations in the metropolitan Chicago area and Kankakee, Lake and McHenry counties. With its diverse array of services, Thresholds reaches the most vulnerable populations in the area. Whether we are helping someone experiencing homelessness, a deaf person with mental illness, someone struggling with both mental illness and addiction, or an individual looking for education and employment, Thresholds serves its members with compassionate care and innovative programs.

More than 7,000 people annually depend on Thresholds to help reclaim their lives and live more independently. Our organization serves people with severe and persistent mental illness with a range of programs designed with the individual's recovery as a goal. Thresholds provides services in a host of area neighborhoods where access to other services is sometimes unavailable or difficult to obtain. That access to excellence in service is enhanced by a highly trained staff, the use of cutting-edge treatments and the Thresholds mission of providing supports and skills needed to achieve hopeful and successful futures.

The impact of Thresholds' successes with its members can be measured in many ways. Whether a safe place to live, a new sense of self, education or a job, the impact on the lives of Thresholds' work with its members is immense. The Thresholds team of more than 500 clinical staff provides more than a million service hours of care annually.

Nearly 800 Thresholds members reside in agency housing, and outreach staff make another 60,000 visits to members living in the community. Within one year of joining a Thresholds program, 90 percent of Thresholds' members remain out of costly hospital care and nursing home care.

Thresholds has never been a more important resource. Thresholds provides a comprehensive, individualized program of mental health services that include psychiatric rehabilitation, outreach programs, housing, educational advancement, social opportunities and employment services. The organization assures its efficacy by offering the latest in innovative services created from years of validated research, and it is recognized as a national and international leader and pioneer in the field of mental health.

Thresholds Mission


Thresholds assists and inspires people with severe mental illnesses to reclaim their lives by providing the supports, skills, and the respectful encouragement that they need to achieve hopeful and successful futures. We strive to be the provider of choice, employer of choice, and a world leader in the development and evaluation of rehabilitation and recovery services.

Thresholds Services

  • Assertive Community Treatment
  • Bilingual-Bicultural Services
  • Centers for Recovery
  • Community Support Services
  • Deaf Programs
  • Theatre and Expressive Arts
  • Family Education and Support
  • Integrated Health Care at Thresholds

In partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing
  • Justice Program
  • Mobile Crisis Services
  • Mobile Assessment Unit for the Homeless
  • Mothers' Project
  • Outreach Services
  • Residential Programs
  • Peer Success Centers
  • Young Adult Program
  • Safe Havens
  • Supported Employment Services
  • The Thresholds Institute
A Research and Training Division of Thresholds
  • Wellness Management and Recovery Services

Supporting Thresholds


Thresholds is a community of very special people. Our partners and funders, a dedicated staff, and our members all converge to make the organization a unique and vibrant community focusing on a mission to help brighten the futures of those with mental illness.

By supporting Thresholds, you can help continue another 50 years of excellence in the delivery of cutting-edge mental health services. Thresholds may expand its reach, improve access to care, and strengthen the impact of every dollar spent on programs. We need your support more than ever. According to the American Psychological Association, each dollar spent on mental health services saves five in overall healthcare costs.

Donors may give to one of Thresholds' many programs, or they may designate their gifts to one of the following programming categories:

Supporting Economic Independence Programs supporting housing, education and employment

Fostering Health and Wellness Programs supporting physical healthcare, expressive arts, holistic care, addiction and well-being

Strengthening Families, Children and Youth Programs supporting young people, mothers and children

Greatest Needs


To find out more about how you can support Thresholds with your gifts, visit our website, or contact the Thresholds Development Office.

Thresholds Development Office
4101 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 572-5300