Chestnut Health Systems™ provides comprehensive treatment for children and youth ages infant to 21. We emphasize the importance of both the child and the parent understanding children's needs, behaviors and symptoms.

We offer effective, short-term interventions for a variety of difficulties faced by young people. Our treatment staff is experienced in helping families and children cope with mental health issues like depression and grief, anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), behavioral problems, family conflict, blended family issues, and serious trauma. Families with limited resources are typically eligible for financial assistance.

In working with children and families, Chestnut provides advocacy, case management, connections to community support, help in crisis situations, classes for parents, family counseling, group therapy, individual counseling, and consultation and evaluation by a psychiatrist as needed.

Child and Adolescent Medication Plus Program

We have combined our most effective services into an accessible, comprehensive program. Chestnut's Child and Adolescent Medication Plus Program (CAMPP) is designed to meet your medication and prescription needs, answer your questions, and give you tools to make life easier for your family.

Chestnut has created an atmosphere where we are able to provide several services to your family on the day you come for your appointment including linkage, case management, psycho-education, and parenting support. We also provide services in the community as needed.

For more information, please call 618.877.4420.

Early Childhood Mental Health (Infant to 5 Years Old)

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health is a growing field that focuses on helping children build positive attachments that support healthy social-emotional development. These relationships are the foundation of mental health and start with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Relationships are not limited to family. For more than 60 percent of children under the age of 5, childcare providers are a primary caregiver. Unfortunately, young children are being expelled from childcare and preschools at triple the rate of grades K-12. (Gilliam, 2005) This sets into motion a cascade of negative experiences. Research shows that mental health consultation provided for early care educators can reduce this expulsion rate by 50 percent.

At Chestnut, we support children of all ages with mental health needs. Our early childhood mental health consultants work with childcare providers to support young children and their families with understanding and teaching healthy social-emotional skills. Sometimes a shift in perspective is necessary to understand that problem behaviors are a result of an emotional issue. The program is not about a diagnosis, treatment plan, or therapy; rather it is about supporting providers and families with developing and maintaining healthy relationships so a child can grow with that sense of security.

Dramatic changes are often an indicator of a child’s need for extra support. If you notice the child used to be quiet, but is angry and screams or the child used to be easy going, but is now rigid, clingy, and inflexible, a consultation may be helpful. 

For more information, please call 618.397.0900.

Early Intervention for Children with Incarcerated Parents

Chestnut's Early Intervention for Children with Incarcerated Parents (EICIP) program serves families and children in Madison and St. Clair Counties in Illinois, helping children ages 4 through 17 who have at least one parent who is incarcerated or who has been released from jail or prison in the last six months. When possible, services are offered in a child’s home or school. The child’s incarcerated parent is involved in services to the greatest extent possible. The goals of EICIP are environmental, financial, emotional, and relational stability.

Services include:

  • Advocacy
  • Case management
  • Community support
  • Consultation and evaluation by a psychiatrist (when needed)
  • Crisis services
  • Education classes for parents
  • Family counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Individual counseling

For more information, please call 618.397.0900.

Mental Health Juvenile Justice

An estimated 66 percent of youth involved in the juvenile justice system have symptoms related to a significant mental illness. Chestnut understands the challenges children and families face when an adolescent is involved with the juvenile justice system. Chestnut's Mental Health Juvenile Justice (MHJJ) program addresses mental health issues with the goal of avoiding re-arrest. MHJJ strengthens relationships among families, schools, courts, probation offices, and community partners.

MHJJ serves youth ages 10 to 18 in Madison and St. Clair Counties in Illinois who are involved with the juvenile justice system, are experiencing mental health symptoms and have a medical card.

For more information, please call 618.397.0900.

School-Based Services

Chestnut's school-based programs help children who are having issues related to their mental health. We typically work with children at school, but can also provide help at the child’s home or elsewhere in the community. We collaborate with the school and the child’s family to diagnose and treat mental health issues and provide support. 

For more information, please call 618.397.0900.

Screening, Assessment, and Support Services

Having a child in crisis can be overwhelming for families. Chestnut's Screening, Assessment, and Support Services (SASS) program is committed to providing the support these families need with the goal of addressing significant mental health issues, thus avoiding hospitalization. SASS aims to strengthen relationships among families, schools, and other service providers in which these youth are involved.

SASS serves youth ages 0 to 21 who are living in St. Clair and Bond Counties in Illinois, are experiencing a mental health crisis, and have a medical card or no insurance.

Eligibility for SASS services is determined by the CARES crisis line and can be reached at 800.345.9049