HAS’s Postpartum Depression Program—the only community-based PPD program in Illinois— was established in 2004, after an exhaustive review of therapeutic best practices at public and private PPD programs across the nation. We provide clinical evaluations, individual psychotherapy, family psychotherapy, group sessions, psychiatric evaluation, medication monitoring, and case management services. All services are provided in Spanish and English.
In addition to our cutting-edge clinical services, the PPD program works aggressively to address participants’ overall quality of life. Many of our participants or their families experience complicating factors including domestic violence or substance abuse. HAS staff refer participants in need of additional services to the appropriate programming, whether internally or through our network of community partners. Supplemental services offered include family counseling; food, housing, and legal help; and substance abuse treatment.
The PPD program employs a bilingual and highly credentialed staff qualified to meet the needs of a diverse variety of clients and their families. Program staff currently consists of four counselors, a psychiatrist certified to treat both children and adults, and a case manager. All counseling staff have graduate level credentials including Master’s in Social Work (MSW) degrees, a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Master’s in Women’s Studies. Staff members also hold licenses to practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
PPD staff follow an evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy curriculum and conduct regular evaluations to ensure program effectiveness. HAS uses the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) to provide outcome information across treatment. Participants are screened at intake, at least once during treatment, and again at discharge. Ninety-eight percent of participants who complete treatment with a final termination session and EPDS screening demonstrate a significant drop in their EPDS score. They also demonstrate improvement in mood and affect, coupled with a decrease or complete alleviation of symptoms present at the onset of treatment.
In order to assist as many women in need of treatment as possible, HAS offers our services on a sliding scale. We also accept most insurance, including Medicaid, and are a member of several HMO and PPN networks. To accommodate the high demand for our services, HAS expanded the PPD program to two locations. The PPD team splits their time between our North Side and South Side locations to better serve our participants.
1942 N. California Avenue
4534 S. Western Avenue