Stepping Stones is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) community mental health organization dedicated to serving those with serious mental illness.
The organization, which first opened in 1969 with a single halfway house, provides mental health services to over 160 clients. The organization employs just over 100 staff. By offering a variety of mental health treatment interventions and access to 24-hour services, we provide our residents opportunity to live in the most independent community setting. Our locations are scattered around town, with our main office located in the downtown area of Rockford. We are a trauma-informed, person-centered mental health treatment provider, dedicated to those with serious mental illness.
But, we’re so much more than that.
Our residents are not their diagnoses. We recognize the person, not the illness. The organization works to bust stigma, to make positive contribution in the community and to provide safe, affordable and decent housing. We validate that persons with serious mental illness have the right to a quality of life afforded by the least restrictive living environment. We are a part of our community. We are a family.
Stepping Stones utilizes a treatment continuum
which combines case management, counseling, psychosocial rehabilitation, community support services, psychiatric services and housing to meet the individualized recovery needs of each person served. Medically-needed interventions are combined with a strong support network and options for residential needs. Residents who live in our 24-hour a day supervised group homes receive the most intensive services to help them become more stable. Individuals in supervised apartments receive services aimed at helping them learn the skills they’ll need to live even more independently. Those in supported housing, who have developed specific recovery skills and demonstrated the ability to live more independently, receive case management at the frequency and in the treatment areas where they need assistance.
is licensed by the State of Illinois Department of Health and Human Services Office of Mental Health. The organization is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). We are primarily funded through through the Department of Health and Human Services, with partial funding from Department of Children and Family Services and grant contributions. In addition, the organization has partnered with County Courts from around the state to provide mental health care to people involved in various forensic programs, including Winnebago County’s Therapeutic Intervention Program (TIP) Court.