Nicasa, NFP

aka Nicasa Behavioral Health Services   |   Round Lake, IL   |  https://nicasa.org/

Mission

Transforming one life at a time through our behavioral and social health services.

Ruling year info

1967

Chief Executive Officer

Bruce N Johnson

Chief Operating Officer

Linda Snelten

Main address

31979 N. Fish Lake Road

Round Lake, IL 60073 USA

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Formerly known as

Northern Illinois Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse

EIN

36-2605412

NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Family Services (P40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As an innovator in the field of substance abuse Nicasa Behavioral Health Services has seen the various challenges and complexities that afflict individuals and families within the community. Almost no one experiences substance abuse difficulties in a vacuum. Similarly, many human service entities have long provided only a few services to improve certain aspects of the needs among the community. Research has shown that with more referrals and change in service providers, there is a decreased likelihood for long-term success. This experience and knowledge has fueled Nicasa Behavioral Health Services to decrease the amount of "service silos" while also providing comprehensive service options. To transform one life at a time, Nicasa Behavioral Health Services remains flexible and consistently changes to both innovations in the field, as well as the ever-changing needs of the individuals and families in need.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Substance Abuse and DUI Services

Consultations, evaluations, assessments, education, and treatment for youth and adults covering a variety of substance abuse difficulties. Individuals are assessed and recommended for treatment based on severity and other identified needs (can range from risk education to intensive outpatient). Services are provided in individual or group modalities. Counselors can address co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders as well. Drug testing is also available, and in many instances required due to program and/or legal requirements. Referrals are made for anyone in need of psychiatric care. All services are provided in English and Spanish.

Illinois law requires individuals who are arrested for a DUI to obtain an alcohol/drug evaluation. Per the 19th Judicial Circuit Court, all DUI evaluations in Lake County are required to be completed at Nicasa Behavioral Health Services. As a result of the evaluation, recommendations may be made for additional education and/or treatment services.

The evaluation determines how many hours of treatment are needed for an individual to complete, which can range from lower level outpatient to higher level intensive outpatient. Additionally, individuals will receive DUI Risk Reduction Education (mandated by the Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery), which is a 10-hour program designed for those who make high-risk choices (like impaired driving) to learn about the risks and consequences of alcohol and other drug use. Treatment is then provided in a group format (individual sessions are offered only on a case-by-case basis) with varying topics and approaches (e.g. DUI education, dialectical behavior therapy, coping and healthy living skills, co-occurring disorders, positive decision-making, solution-focused brief therapy, expressive therapy, and more).

For individuals who have lost their driving privileges as a result of their DUI offense, there are Secretary of State (SOS) Services available as well. This service helps individuals work towards the reinstatement of their driving privileges through the Secretary of State for licenses that have been suspended or revoked. Staff provides an evaluation for an individual's substance abuse history, identifies needs, and ensures all concerns have been addressed prior to application for reinstatement. These services are provided in three parts and are based on a flat rate (due to requirements of the state there is no eligibility for a fee reduction).

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers

A clinically-managed, low-intensity, extended residential treatment center for adults who are in need of substance abuse recovery and maintenance support. This transitional program (categorized as a SUPR III.1 Level service) is for both men and women who are experiencing difficulties with substance abuse. Individuals enter the program via referrals from other substance abuse providers (e.g. higher end residential or hospital settings), Lake County and McHenry County Drug Courts, Lake County Mental Health Court, and other local area providers. The site contains 20 beds total, with two that can accommodate differently abled individuals (ADA compliant) , and is staffed 24/7/365 for supervision and support. All services are provided in English and Spanish. The focus of the program is to support individuals through the recovery process and provide them with skills, tools, and connections that will lead to stability in order for them to move on and enjoy substance-free living while becoming productive members of society.

All individuals residing here must be free from any substances for at least 30 days before entering and are expected to remain substance-free throughout their time in the program. Additionally, individuals are expected to be responsible for general chores and treat the building as if it were their own home (e.g. weekly scheduling of meals, cleaning, and etc.). An initial down-payment is required upon entering the program to cover the first 28 days of treatment. Co-pays are then required in order to remain in the program.

Programming within this treatment center requires individuals to attend a minimum of 1 hour of therapy per week, 5 groups per week, participate in drug testing, daily meditation, substance abuse counseling, identify and communicate with a sponsor, and engage in either school, work, or volunteering for at least 3 days per week. There are also healthy recovery activities that are offered for positive social engagements, as well as opportunities for family visiting days and family therapy. Some examples of groups and activities include Art Impact, Bible Study, Community Group, Family Group, Peer Recovery activities, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and more.

In addition to the general programming outline, there is also the ability to provide individualized treatment. Some approaches and modalities that support the independent and strengths-based environment include cognitive behavioral
therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Matrix Model, motivational interviewing, and other evidenced-based models.

Individuals typically stay in the program for 90 days (case-by-case determinations are required in order to extend their time). Upon discharge from the program, staff connects individuals to other internal programs to assist with housing and/or securing a space in a sober living facility/location, as well as external services and supports.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Substance abusers

Participating police departments refer juvenile offenders (ages 10-18) in order to address the root cause of their offense, change their behavior, and reduce recidivism in the future. This voluntary program, based on balanced and restorative justice, allows a youth to admit guilt and commit to learning from their mistake from a sentence determined by a jury of peers. Services include activities that result in learning, understanding, and implementing behavior change. Any child with a drug or alcohol offense is required to be evaluated by a Nicasa counselor and follow through with recommendations. All services are provided in English and Spanish.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Advocacy, case management, information, and referrals for families in crisis that have children under the age of 18. A Family Advocacy Center Facilitator meets with individuals to assess for needs of themselves and their family, provide parenting education, and coordinate services and connections to necessary resources. Areas of need that the program can help coordinate with include parenting, medical, insurance (Medicaid), housing, problem gambling, substance abuse, mental health, immigration, education, some transportation (as it connects with other identified services), emergency assistance (like locating an open shelter), and more. Once needs are identified, the Facilitator will connect the individual and their family to the appropriate resources and social programs. All services are provided in English and Spanish.

*Please note that while the program does not have housing vouchers, we can work with families in locating a place to live and connect them to local area housing authority programs.*

Parenting education is provided in either individual or group formats for an average of 6-8 weeks (some time-frames may differ depending on individual needs and attendance). Parent-education and support programming is designed to build on strengths and empower parents to improve family communication and functioning while decreasing family conflict.There are also parenting groups for families with DCFS involvement. The Birthing Group (new parents) and Becoming Group (already parents) provide parenting education as well as a space for individuals to discuss DCFS questions, concerns, challenges, involvement, court, foster parents, and any other elements connected to the child protection system with a DCFS representative. For these individuals, status and completion letters can be provided to caseworkers and other providers that require documentation. For those not involved with DCFS the program is able to provide prevention education so that new families do not become involved in the child protection system. All services are provided in English and Spanish.

The Wraparound program is a DCFS-contracted service for families with an open Intact Family Preservation or Foster Care case. Voluntary program that receives referrals directly from caseworkers for families who are close to a point of case closure (Intact) or are soon to be reunited with their children (Foster Care). WRAP Facilitator meets with the family on a weekly basis in the home to provide additional support and coordinates meetings with family and caseworker. Additional support may include minor transportation, furnishings for new living space, seeking employment, obtaining identification for social benefits, and more to stabilize the family and eliminate the need for DCFS involvement in the future. All services are provided in English and Spanish.

Population(s) Served
Families

In-School: The program is a collaboration between the individual middle schools in Waukegan and Nicasa Behavioral Health Services. The program is offered in all of the middle schools, except Jack Benny Middle School, in English and Spanish. The schools offer time during the day to deliver the programming to the students. The teachers often remain in the classroom during sessions so that they are better able to reinforce what is being discussed with the class. A multi-sector Community Advisory Board tracks the successes and progress of the program as well.

We utilize the "Too Good For Drugs" curriculum, which is designed to reduce risk factors for alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD). Protective factors in this program are enhanced via lessons on decision-making, pro-social connections, identification and management of emotions, and positive communication. The curriculum was developed by the C. E. Mendez Foundation and is proven to diminish ATOD among participating students and positively impact the risk and protective factors surrounding youth alcohol and drug abuse. This evidenced-based model program requires 10 sessions and 5 boosters implemented in 30-60 minute segments.

After School: Nicasa Behavioral Health Services' after school programs are 21st Century Community Learning Center state grantees and take place in both Round Lake middle schools and the Round Lake Senior High School. These are prevention programs, provided in English and Spanish, that seek to prevent drug and alcohol use, gang involvement, and other delinquent behaviors while promoting skill building that can improve upon school success. These programs target youth at risk of academic failure in one or more subjects and offer tutoring in math and language arts, homework assistance, life skill education, STEM activities, career exploration, service learning, health and nutrition education, recreational activities, leadership development, and experiential activities. There is a monthly parent night, the most well-attended of any other state grantee, and the programs provide students with a positive peer group and role models in a safe environment during the after school hours when youth are in the most danger of becoming perpetrators or victims of crime. The overarching goal is to show the students the importance of school and what success in school can help them achieve. Nicasa Behavioral Health Services' philosophy is that youth work towards a future they can see and our after school programs seek to expand their vision.

Population(s) Served
Students
At-risk youth

Gambling addiction counseling and intervention programs, including self-exclusion. Consultations, evaluations, assessments, education, and treatment for youth and adults experiencing problem gambling. Individuals are assessed and recommended for treatment based on severity and other identified needs. Services are provided in individual or group modalities (including telehealth). Counselors can address co-occurring gambling, substance abuse, and mental health disorders as well. All services are provided in English and Spanish. There are also recovery support groups (e.g. Gamblers Anonymous) available for individuals and their family members, as well as various outreach efforts across the community. Nicasa Behavioral Health Services is 1 of only 9 state-licensed facilities in all of Illinois to provide these services, and it is the only provider of its kind in northern Illinois.

Nicasa is the only problem gambling service provider in northern IL, and is one of only nine state-funded providers in all of Illinois.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Substance abusers

Consultations, assessments/evaluations, and outpatient mental health treatment for youth and adults covering a wide range of diagnoses and concerns. Services begin with a 2-hour assessment and then treatment is provided in individual, family, and group modalities (depending on the needs of the primary individual). Staff can address co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders as well. Anyone requiring psychiatric care and/or medication monitoring is referred out accordingly. All services are provided in English and Spanish, and there is a focus on treating those who are uninsured, under-insured, and/or undocumented.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Offers comprehensive treatment, early intervention, and recovery support services to Transitional Age Youth (18-25 years old) with substance use disorders and/or co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, and their families/caregivers. The program provides a free tablet to complete online learning components and offers reduced co-pays for behavioral health treatment received at Nicasa. Services include substance abuse and mental health treatment, assistance with enrolling in Medicaid and/or the insurance marketplace, integration with primary healthcare, employment assistance, connections to address other identified needs, trauma-informed programming, family/caregiver education and socialization, recovery activities, connection to the recovery community, and more. All services are provided in English and Spanish.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Substance abusers

Provides adults who have been in jail 2 times or more and are approaching release with education, treatment, information, and resources so that they can return productively and successfully back to the community and not reoffend in the future. This is a free and voluntary program in collaboration with the Lake County Sheriff's Office and the Lake County Health Department. Services include mental health evaluations, peer support, programming for anger management, substance abuse, and parenting, assistance with employment, housing, transportation, and clothing, connections to resources for other identified needs, and more. All services are provided in English and Spanish.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Ethnic and racial groups

Offers a connection to stable, permanent housing, behavioral health treatment, peer recovery support services, and employment assistance to individuals and families with serious mental illness or co-occurring disorders (mental health, substance abuse, and/or developmental disabilities) that are homeless or are at risk of homelessness. This is a free program in collaboration with PADS Lake County. Additional services include integration with primary healthcare, enrolling in Medicaid and/or the insurance marketplace, connections to address other identified needs, trauma-informed programming, and more.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Substance abusers

Where we work

Accreditations

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Nicasa Behavioral Health Services aims assist individuals and families so they may reach their fullest human potential while living safe and healthy lives. In order to accomplish this, the organization focuses on preventing, reducing, and treating substance abuse. Additionally, Nicasa Behavioral Health Services provides supportive services, both as a part of the recovery process and as a compliment to substance abuse services. Most notably, the organization takes great focus on treating concurrent substance abuse and mental health challenges (whether co-occurring or not). This enables the organization to assist individuals and families, improve behaviors and overall health, stabilize living environments and family structures, teach new skills, eliminate negative systemic involvement, and ultimately prevent various types of fatalities (e.g. overdoses, suicides, abuse, neglect, and etc.).

Nicasa Behavioral Health Services provides a continuum of care comprised of education, prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery services. This is accomplished via individualized outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment, which includes individual, group, and family modalities. The organization also provides a variety of prevention programming to improve community education, safety, and wellness, while also moving forward with innovative programming, such as criminal justice diversion programming, supportive services for child welfare, and specialized programming for individuals experiencing co-occurring substance abuse and mental health difficulties accompanied by other complexities. For those who require a heightened level of treatment the organization also maintains an adult residential recovery halfway house for ongoing intensive care to best prepare them for independent living in the future.

Nicasa Behavioral Health Services employs a variety of licensed and credentialed staff, including certified alcohol and drug counselors, certified peer recovery support specialists, licensed social workers (clinical and non-clinical), licensed professional counselors (clinical and non-clinical), and certified problem gambling counselors. Additionally, a majority of employees have tenure with the organization for 10, 15, 20, and over 30 years which emphasizes not only consistency and an enhanced level of care, but also speaks to the impact that Nicasa Behavioral Health Services has on the community. Lastly, the organization maintains a current accreditation status with the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) since 2017.

In FY19, Nicasa Behavioral Health Services experienced the following outcomes:

Prevention:
- 92% of students attended all weekly Too Good For Drugs prevention and booster prevention sessions.

Early Intervention Services:
- 98% of clients successfully completed the Alcohol and Other Drug risk-reduction classes.
- 98% of participants who successfully completed Teen Court did not re-offend within 12 months of case closure.

Outpatient Services:
- 74% of clients successfully discharged from outpatient services.
- 56% of successfully discharged clients reported supportive community interaction or 12-step participation.

Intensive Outpatient Services:
- 54% of clients successfully discharged from the intensive outpatient program.
- 60% of successfully discharged clients reported supportive community interaction or 12-step participation.

Bridge House:
- 45% of clients successfully discharged from the program.
- 94% of successfully discharged clients reported supportive community interaction or 12-step participation.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Nicasa, NFP

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ali O'Brien

College of Lake County

Term: 2020 - 2023

Javier Alonso

College of Lake County

LaTonya Burton

Bur-Men Law Group

Vallery Gallagher

Baxter Healthcare Corporation

Mike Goldberg

Johnston Tomei Lenczycki & Goldberg LLC

Joy Gossman

Lake County Public Defender

Louise Bryant-Hayes

Lake County State's Attorney's Office

Melvin Flores

American Portfolio Mortgage Corporation

Janice Kapinos

Rust-Oleum

Joe Karich

AbbVie - Retired

Ray Millington

Baird & Warner

Beverly Mull

Zion-Benton Public Library Board

Michael Nerheim

Lake County State's Attorney's Office

Ali O'Brien

College of Lake County

Michone Riewer

Strategic Divorce

Scott Roe

Abbott Laboratories - Retired

Dr. Deborah Smart

Smart Healthcare Consulting

Kim Smith

First Bank of Highland Park

Jim Snow

Abbott Laboratories - Retired

Jennifer Witherspoon

J. Witherspoon Legal and Mediation Services

Roycealee Wood

Lake County Regional Office of Education

Jan Zobus

Community Liaison - 26th District - Retired

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/16/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/16/2020

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.