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Habilitative Systems, Inc.

Habilitative Systems, Incorporated was founded in 1978 by Larry T. Byrd and a group of concerned West Side Chicago residents. Mr. Byrd became the organization's first executive director, serving in that role until his untimely death in 1989. The agency's current President/CEO, Donald J. Dew, has led the organization since 1990. HSI exists to alleviate human suffering by developing and providing resources to promote dignity, self-sufficiency and empowerment for humanity. Our mission is to be the premier behavioral health and human service organization, providing an array of responsive services, which promote consumer self-sufficiency. The organization is known for providing high quality, progressive, community-oriented programming at modest costs to our founders and consumers. We were the first African-American agency in Illinois to achieve accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Council on Accreditation of Services to Families and Children (COA). A thirty-three-member board of directors, consisting of community, corporate, business and professional people govern HSI. The board, which has four standing committees, Finance, Fundraising, Methods and Procedures, Human Resources, Board Development and Executive committees, meet quarterly.

As the West Side's largest social service agency, HSI operates its programs through four autonomous, but interconnected care centers: Residential Services, which provides community living alternatives for developmentally disabled and/or mentally ill adults; Behavioral Health Services, which provides both residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment, counseling and case management services to developmentally disabled and mentally ill children, youth and adults; Disabilities Management, which provides pre-employment and employment services for developmentally disabled and economically disadvantaged adults; and Children and Family Services which offers a range of services, including childcare, youth development programs, such as teen reach, delinquency prevention, teen parenting, housing advocacy, child protective services, parent services and family preservation services. Services are targeted for African-American, low-income adults, families and children, from the North Lawndale, Garfield and Austin and Englewood communities.


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