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Building a System of Care for Children with Complex Behavioral Health Needs

Pathways to Success is a program for Medicaid enrolled children under the age of 21 in Illinois who have complex behavioral health needs and could benefit from additional support.  The program provides access to an evidence-informed model of intensive care coordination and additional home and community-based services.  A Behavioral Health Decision Support Model is used to help identify youth who might benefit from the Pathways to Success program. More information on the Behavioral Health Decision Support Model can be found on the For Families page. Please also check out the Pathways to Success Program Overview and Family Experience Webinar to learn more about the program. 

Our Vision

All Medicaid enrolled children in Illinois have access to the mental health services and supports that help them find success at home, in school, and in their communities.

Our Mission

To strengthen access to high quality home and community-based services for children with significant behavioral health challenges and their families through the development of a statewide System of Care focused on improving outcomes.

Our Values

  • Family-Driven
  • Youth-Guided
  • Team-Based & Collaborative
  • Culturally Humble
  • Strengths-Based & Individualized
  • Unconditional Care
  • Community-Based
  • Data & Outcome Driven
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Our Goals

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Improved family functioning and reduced caregiver stress

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More stable living situations for children and youth, including fewer out-of-home treatment episodes

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Increased family and youth involvement in services

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Increased use of evidence-based practices, including expanded access to services provided in home and community settings

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Improved school attendance and performance

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Reduced contacts with law enforcement and child welfare

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Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services

JB Pritzker, Governor • Theresa Eagleson, Director

We improve lives.