Ruta Kulys, MS, LCSW
Executive Director

Community Support Network

The Community Support Network (CSN) is a psychosocial rehabilitation program which strives to support individuals with severe mental illness but also to help them regain independence that they may have lost due to the illness. The mission of CSN is to meet the needs of individuals with chronic and severe mental illness residing in the Springfield area. CSN has hope for all members that they can live independent and functional lives in the community, but also recognizes that often times support is needed. CSN gladly steps in to assist with support for employment, making and providing transportation to medical appointments, managing finances, and daily tasks such as grocery shopping. CSN functions based on a model of a community support team, which is based in a theory of helping individuals "do" for themselves, rather than "doing" for them. A community support team is more than intensive case management it is a treatment model which provides the majority of services within the individuals' community environment. This model combines clinical and case management services, working with the client to set and attain goals of meeting basic needs, as well as improving social, family and environmental functioning with the ultimate goal of recovery.

Services Include:

  • Advocating on behalf of patients
  • Crisis intervention
  • Training in daily living skills
  • Case management
  • Educating regarding symptom management
  • Facilitating access to health care
  • Assisting with transportation needs
  • Home visits
  • Vocational rehabilitation/supported employment
  • Financial management and assistance with budgeting and bill paying
  • Assistance in obtaining stable housing
  • On-going psychiatric services
  • Group family psychoeducation
  • Medication training, delivery and monitoring
  • Access to help 24-hours a day, 7 days a week
 

Population Served
Our services are available to patients who have a diagnosis of a severe and persistent mental illness, difficulty functioning independently in the community, and have had multiple psychiatric hospitalizations. The goal of the CSN program is to help patients remain out of the hospital and improve their quality of life in the community.

Multi-Disciplinary Staff
CSN is comprised of its Executive Director, Ruta Kulys, as well as a nurse, a financial case manager, six case managers some of whom provide therapy, two employment specialists, and two billing specialists. Case managers have backgrounds ranging from social work to psychology or human development.

Contact Information
217-545-8251 (normal hours)
217-545-5880 (emergencies)

Physical Address
1135 N. 9th Street
Springfield, IL 62702

Mailing Address
Community Support Network
SIU School of Medicine
Mail Code 19669
Springfield, IL 62794-9669

Hours
8:00am - 4:30pm Mon-Fri
24 Hour emergency assistance

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