About Us

Mission

The mission of Neumann Family Services is to help persons with a dual diagnosis of intellectual/developmental disability and mental illness progress towards the greatest degree of independence, self-sufficiency, and self-fulfillment that is possible.

Vision

The mission of Neumann Family Services is to help persons with a dual diagnosis of intellectual/developmental disability and mental illness progress towards the greatest degree of independence, self-sufficiency, and self-fulfillment that is possible.

Approach

Our approach begins with our vision that the people we serve can and will progress towards greater independence if we provide them with programs and services that promote that progress. In order to progress to independence, the people we work with at Neumann need services that address both their intellectual/developmental disability and their mental illness. Services need to be integrated to address the person as a whole, since a person’s intellectual/developmental disability does not exist in isolation from their mental illness, nor vice-versa. They impact upon each other, and must be addressed in an integrated manner.

Our approach is to deliver programming that is rooted in commonalities of I/DD and MI best practices. Best practices in programs and services for people with intellectual/development disabilities and for people with mental health needs share three common elements: a focus on social inclusion, use of interest-driven activities, and trauma-informed care. All three of these elements are central to expanding on choice for the people we serve. When choice is the goal, programming builds on the strengths – not the limitations – of people. By focusing our services on these three elements that are in common across both I/DD and MI realms, we deliver an integrated set of services that address the person as a whole person, as someone who has the ability to make choices in life that will help them progress to the greatest degree of independence and self-fulfillment possible.

Core Values

Our core values drive the programs and services we offer our participants:

  • Social Inclusion: Meaningful social inclusion – wherein people develop reciprocal social networks based on common interests and choice - is a central component to quality of life and full citizenship for all people. Our programming has strong social inclusion elements so that whether participants are engaged in Day Programming, Career Services, or Residential life, pathways to meaningful social inclusion are core program elements.
  • Interest-Driven: When people choose to engage in activities that they are interested in they commit to expanding the effort that they need to solve problems to reach their goals. This simply notion drives Neumann’s development of multiple service and program approaches to maximize choice for participants. Through gaming classes, art classes, specialized classes for people with autism, job training, and employment, participants chose how they will engage in our programs in order to meet their interests.
  • Trauma-Informed: The people we serve have experienced significant trauma in life, and their progress towards independence is hindered by trauma. As an agency, Neumann has committed to having, at its core, a philosophy of recognizing and overcoming trauma when working with people with I/DD-MI. Trauma informed organizations emphasize safety, trust, choice, collaboration, and empowerment as the elements of trauma informed care. Neumann has integrated changes to reinforce trauma knowledge and trauma support throughout the agency, created ongoing staff-wide training in trauma for all staff, prioritized recruitment of staff who are sensitive to trauma, created human resources practices that support trust between staff and staff and staff and participants, and implemented training for participants on self-care and emotional regulation.
  • Progress to Independence: Our vision that people with a dual diagnosis of intellectual/developmental disability and mental illness can progress towards – and for many achieve – independence as full citizens in our communities unites all three of Neumann’s core values. Helping participants experience and master social inclusion through their engagement in meaningful social networks, providing clients with meaningful choice in programs and services through interest-driven activities, and delivering all of these services through a trauma-informed philosophy are the building blocks that participants need to achieve the greatest degree of independence possible.

History


In 1949 there was no public law requiring special education for people with disabilities, and many families chose to have their children institutionalized. A group of patents contacted a local community leader, Victor C. Neumann, for assistance to build a school for their children in the neighborhood. The dreams of those parents have blossomed into an organization that now supports over 300 adults with a dual diagnosis of intellectual/developmental disability and mental illness.

Future

Neumann Family Services will continue to be a leader in serving the needs of people with a dual diagnosis of intellectual/developmental disability and mental illness in northern Illinois. We will continue to listen to the hopes and dreams of the people we serve to guide us as we find more and more pathways for them to connect with those around them, decide how and where to live and work, and progress towards independence, self-fulfillment, and self-determination.

Annual Reports

Audits

Please CLICK HERE to view Neumann Family Services' FY15 audit (PDF)

Contact Information

Neumann Family Services
5547 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

Phone: (773) 769-4313
Fax: (773) 769-1476

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