The Illinois Crisis Prevention Network was founded in 2010, through a strategic partnership between Hope and Trinity Services, Inc. These two Illinois-based industry leaders in serving and treating children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities were awarded a new grant designed to provide crisis/consultative services to persons with challenging behaviors and/or medical issues. ICPN was designed jointly to provide a wide array of services to ID/DD persons, their families, and provider agencies who care for them, with the hope of them living and thriving in a community placement. To learn more about these two outstanding agencies, please see below and feel free to click on each link to visit their websites.
The year was 1957 when The Hope School opened its doors in a modest house in Springfield. Hope’s founders Dr. and Mrs. Charles E. Jordan had searched the world for a place to educate their daughter who had multiple disabilities. They wanted Judith Ann to have the chance to reach her full potential, but no school in the United States could serve her. So the Jordans created a school. They created Hope. The Jordans had a vision and took action. The Hope School brought hope to many families who also were searching for community services.
Hope gained the attention of President John F. Kennedy and ignited change in disability policy and services throughout the United States. President Kennedy named Dr. Jordan to the President’s Council on Disabilities and other governmental councils, where Dr. Jordan helped shape a new reality for children and adults living with disabilities. At about the same time, the Special Olympics were founded in Chicago. Illinois was the forefront of change and The Hope School was squarely at its center. The Hope School emerged as a provider of educational and residential services. It became a place where children facing extraordinary cognitive, physical and emotional challenges could learn and thrive.
Today Hope has become more than a school. It is leading the development of new methods to educate, treat and care for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities. This includes such programs as: The Hope Learning Academy Springfield, The Hope Learning Academy Chicago, The Autism Clinic at Hope, Therapy Relief at Hope, Illinois Crisis Prevention Network, and The Autism Program of Illinois.
Trinity serves more than 3,500 children and adults who have intellectual/developmental disabilities or mental health needs. Services include a school, residential options, adult learning programs, in-home supports, employment services, and a therapeutic horseback riding program, respite services, social centers, and a wide range of therapeutic services.<
Trinity’s Behavioral Health program was established in 1991. Services are designed to support a person to live as independently as possible. The program has four major components: community living services, intensive outpatient programs, employment services and traditional therapy supports.
Trinity has a presence in 31 Illinois communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Madison, Peoria, Jackson and St. Clair counties, as well as in Reno, Nevada. Over the years, Trinity Services has been nationally recognized in many publications and honored by many organizations.
In 1994, Trinity enhanced its programs for persons with persistent mental illness. Trinity’s Behavioral Health team were now specially trained to serve a person with mental illness who also has a mild developmental disability, or a dual diagnosis. Today, this specialized program remains one of the few available in the United States. In 2010, Trinity expanded its Behavioral Health services. It now provides crisis prevention and intervention services across Illinois via the Illinois Crisis Prevention Network.