Behavioral Health Services

The Erie Behavioral Health team strives to increase patients’ access to effective care in order to improve their overall health. To accomplish this, our clinicians provide an array of services (to established Erie medical patients) including short-term counseling services, brief mental health and crisis interventions, and linkage to other levels of care. 

Behavioral Health (BH) is an important part of a person's overall health. Erie's Behavioral Health Consultants (BHCs) work with Erie medical providers and staff to support our patients' overall well-being. We provide care using a trauma-informed approach by acknowledging the widespread impact of trauma and implementing potential paths for healing. Our goals are to recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in patients, staff, and others involved in our care and respond by integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, practices, and settings.

Erie offers same day BH services, short-term individual therapy, and group therapy to children, teens, and adults. If a person needs a long-term behavioral health support, we facilitate a connection with external partners.

Behavioral health services can only be offered to existing patients who receive medical services from Erie. If you are interested in receiving behavioral health services, please talk to your Erie healthcare provider. We like to meet our patients in clinic on the same day of their medical visit.

We would like for you to talk with your medical provider about your concerns. If you are not available on the day of your medical visit, call our BH coordination number at 312-432-2059.

Our Services

  • Mental health evaluation
  • Behavior and mood management
  • Suicidal/homicidal risk assessment
  • Substance abuse assessment and intervention
  • Trauma and anxiety management
  • Short-term individual therapy
  • Mental health education for patients
  • Stress management
  • Insomnia and sleep hygiene
  • Mental health aspects of chronic disease and pain management

Unfortunately we are unable to offer the following services:  medical marijuana evaluation, disability evaluations,  attorney-drafted forms related to disability, conservatorship evaluations and forms, payee forms, child custody evaluations, DCFS mental health or alcohol and drug evaluations, court-ordered services, emotional support animal letters, FOID evaluations, hardship evaluations, U-Visa evaluation, bariatric evaluations. We may be able to make referral recommendations.

Erie’s group therapy is available to registered Erie patients and groups are led by our BH clinicians. Group therapy involves one or more clinicians who lead a group of Erie patients. Typically, groups meet either weekly, biweekly, or monthly for an hour or two weekly or monthly.

Many groups are designed to target a specific problem, such as depression, obesity, panic disorder, social anxiety, chronic pain or substance abuse.

Spanish Woman's Group

  • Meets twice a month froom 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Language: Spanish
  • Format: Telehealth or on site
  • Description: Provide women ages 40-70 years a space to have an open dialogue about mental health concerns and life stressors.

Post-Partum Support Group

  • Meets at 1 p.m.
  • Language: Every Wednesday (Spanish)
    4th Tuesday of every Month (English)
  • Format: Telehealth
  • Description: A safe space to explore various topics that are significant to motherhood.

Worry Warriors

  • Meets weekly on Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for 8 weeks
  • Language: English
  • Format: Telehealth
  • Description: Group for children ages 8-11 with anxiety where they can explore feelings and develop coping skills to manage those anxious feelings.

Grief & Loss

  • Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday from 5 to 6:00 p.m. (English)
  • Language: English
  • Format: Telehealth
  • Description: This group is to provide support and guidance for patients who are experiencing grief, regardless of when the loss occurred for adults.

Parenting Support Group

  • Meets Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Telehealth
  • Description: This group provides support and a safe place to explore the difficulties and joys of parenting in this very complex time. Open to any parents who are Erie patients.

 

LGBTQ+ Adolescent Group

  • Meets weekly, Mondays 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Telehealth
  • Description: An open adolescent group, discussing identities, complexities related to coming out, and other topics important to the group members.

 

 

LGBTQ+ Adult Group

  • Meets weekly, Wednesdays 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Telehealth
  • Description: An open adult group aimed to provide a space to discuss identities, coming out, and other topics important to group members.

Medication Assisted Treatment Group

  • Meets weekly, Tuesdays 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Telehealth
  • Description: An open adult group aimed to provide a space to discuss progress with medication assisted treatment.

 

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, which is effective in the treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD) and can help some people to sustain recovery.

Please note that to receive MAT services, you will first need to establish care with a primary care provider at Erie. Your primary care provider will refer you to our MAT program and the MAT Community Health Specialist will contact you to complete an initial assessment and schedule your intake appointment with an MAT provider. If you are already an established patient at Erie, you can contact the MAT Community Health Specialist at (312) 432-2059 for additional information.

The following educational handouts provide healthy coping strategies for managing common mental health issues. Each handout has both English and Spanish.

These handouts are not diagnostic tools. Please speak with a mental health professional or your primary care provider if you are interested in behavioral health services. If you are having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

Trauma

Substance Abuse

Grounding Exercise

Grief

Anxiety

Depression

Insomnia

Vicarious Trauma & Compassion Fatigue

ADHD

Mindfulness & Meditation for Families

Sloth's Bedtime Meditation for families

Take a look through our educational video library for information about common mental health issues, as well as coping techniques for difficult times.

These videos are not diagnostic tools. Please speak with a mental health professional or your primary care provider if you are interested in behavioral health services. If you are having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

What is Anxiety?

¿Qué es Ansiedad?

What is Depression?

¿Qué es la Depresión?

What is Grief?

¿Qué es el Duelo?

What is ADHD?

¿Que es el TDAH?

What is Trauma?

¿Que es el Trauma?

What Causes Insomnia?

¿Qué es el Insomnio?


Substance Use Disorder

Trastorno por consumo de sustancias  

Grounding and Breathing Exercises


Square Breathing

4-7-8 Calm
Breathing Exercise


5-4-3-2-1 Method

Técnicas para poner los pies sobre la tierra

This resource section provides tips, guidance and tools to help parents create a safe environment for their children by learning and practicing good mental health habits. The Parent Toolkit contains activities, videos, apps, books, IEP/504 plan guidance, and information on your child’s developmental stages.

Parent Vanderbilt Assessment Form

Teacher Vanderbilt Assessment Form

Spanish Parent Vanderbilt
Assessment Form

Spanish Teacher Vanderbilt
Assessment Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Browse thought the following FAQs to find answers to commonly asked questions. For additional information or follow up questions, please call the behavioral health department at 312-432-2059.

What is Erie's therapy model, and how can therapy help?

We practice a short–term model to address current issues impacting your daily life and overall health, and practice with various evidence-based therapy modalities (ie. CBT, ACT, DBT, etc). Our course of treatment is brief with an average duration of 6 months, dependent on circumstances and other factors.

How will I pay for my therapy sessions?

For Medicaid patients, payment is preferred at time of service. Your copay is determined by your Medicaid plan. Patients without insurance are charged on a sliding fee scale, which is based on family size and household income. 

At this time, we are unable to see commercially insured patients for therapy; however, certain commercial plans are accepted for other services such as medical, dental and psychiatry.

Learn more about insurance Erie accepts, or our sliding fee scale.

Do behavioral health consultants provide medications?

Behavioral health consultants do not have medical licensure so they are unable to prescribe you medications. However, they are licensed professionals that can properly assess you and provide you with referrals to a psychiatrist and/or other medical providers to evaluate you for medication and other treatments. 

How can I connect with my therapist?

Contact the Behavioral Health line at 312-432-2059 or contact your therapist directly via their direct phone number provided to you at your initial visit. 

What is the Medication Assisted Treatment intake process?

Please note that to receive MAT services, you will first need to establish care with a primary care provider at Erie. Your primary care provider will refer you to our MAT program and the MAT Community Health Specialist will contact you to complete an initial assessment and schedule your intake appointment with an MAT provider. If you are already an established patient at Erie, you can contact the MAT Community Health Specialist at (312) 432-2059 for additional information.   

What type of medication will the MAT medical provider prescribe me?

At Erie, the MAT medical providers are only prescribing the following medications for treatment of substance use disorders: Suboxone (Buprenorphine/Naloxone), Naltrexone, Vivitrol (injectable version of Naltrexone), Sublocade (injectable extended-release Buprenorphine). Your MAT medical provider will discuss a treatment plan with you and prescribe you medication, as appropriate. The MAT medical providers at Erie do not prescribe Methadone. If you are interested in Methadone, we can provide you referrals to Methadone clinics and still provide you with medical care and behavioral support.

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