Behavioral Health Office

If you or someone you know is seeking help or information regarding Behavioral Health issues, call 708-424-9200, ext. 2118.

Poison control can be reached at 1-800-942-5969.

BH Group

Crisis services are available through the Behavioral Health Division, or through 708-681-HELP evenings or weekends.

Behavioral Health Division

OUR MISSION The Stickney Public Health District, Behavioral Health Division serves to meet the outpatient mental health needs of the residents of Stickney Township. It strives to be consumer-focused in service delivery and has a primary goal of meeting the needs of adults with serious/chronic mental illness and persons who lack the financial resources to pursue care through private practitioners.

The Behavioral Health Division also serves as a resource for the community in the areas of public education, referral and advocacy and strives to provide all its services in a cost-effective manner.

OUR PHILOSOPHY The Stickney Public Health District, Behavioral Health Division provides a person-centered behavioral health treatment approach that assists the person with focusing on managing symptoms of mental disorders and achieving a positive level of functioning. Through therapy, case management, and psychiatric services, we partner with persons served in establishing individual goals and choosing the best treatment options.

OUTPATIENT SERVICES Individual Therapy Couples Therapy Group Therapy Family Therapy Psychiatric Evaluations Medication Monitoring Case Management Crisis Services Assessment Hospital Referral Consultation

CRISIS SERVICES Assessment Hospital Referral Consultation

CONTACT INFORMATION Main Office: South Medical Clinic, 5635 State Road, Burbank, IL 60459

The Behavioral Health Division is accredited and licensed as a Medicaid provider by the State of Illinois.

We accept Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, and offer a sliding scale fee that ensures affordable services to Stickney Township residents.

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De-Stress Your Morning Routine!

A Workshop for Parents!
Sponsored By the SPHD Behavioral Health Division

Topics Include:

  • Morning Routine Setting
  • Behavioral Charts and How to Use Them
  • Strategies for Common Morning Challenges

    April 17th, 2017
    1:00 – 2:00 PM

    Stickney Behavioral Health Division
    5635 State Road
    Burbank, IL 60459

    Please call 708-237-8918 for further information and to reserve a spot.

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Month is “Risky Business”. Mental Health America, a national non-profit organization addressing mental health issues, reported that half of all Americans will have a mental health condition in their lifetimes. A majority of people will not receive treatment for many reasons including lack of insurance, lack of access to mental health care, or denial of having a mental health disorder. Mental Health Awareness established the theme of “Risky Business” to highlight the fact that some people may engage in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or hide symptoms of a potential mental health problem. Activities such as drug use, excessive spending, and obsessive internet use can all be behaviors that disrupt one’s mental health and lead to crisis.

    It is important to understand the early symptoms of mental illness. Early identification is the key to providing effective treatment and preventing the development of serious conditions. The Behavioral Health Division of Stickney Public Health District joins Mental Health America in promoting Mental Health Awareness Month. The Behavioral Health Staff is available to assist you in helping you identify mental health concerns. Please contact us to schedule an appointment at 708-237-8918. Please visit our Facebook page for more facts regarding mental health.

    Couples Therapy

    Problems in your marriage or primary intimate relationship can be extremely stressful. Relationships can be improved with the guidance of a professional. The Behavioral Health Division can help. Contact us today to schedule a couples therapy appointment.

    The Behavioral Health Division is an ally of LGBTQ-identified individuals (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning).

    In one national survey, LGBT adults reported higher rates of discrimination compared to heterosexuals. This is one of the most understood causes of minority stress. The level of victimization and discrimination impacts both mental and physical health.

    For example, one study showed an increased suicide risk, and another showed higher risks for some types of cancer. LGBTQ youth are also exposed to many minority stressors, such as harassment and discrimination. The result is a strong risk factor for suicide and suicide attempts. Studies have found high rates of victimization among LGBTQ youth. In one nationwide survey, 84.6 percent of LGBTQ youth reported verbal harassment and 40 percent reported physical harassment. This can result in an increase in mental health problems.

    Combating homophobic attitudes is the key to protecting LGBTQ youth. In addition, studies have also concluded that family acceptance, caring adults, and school safety promote health and well-being of LGBTQ youth.

    If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Behavioral Health Division at (708)237-8918 for further information.

  • Melinda Antoskiewicz

    Melinda Antoskiewicz, LCPC

    Ms. Antoskiewicz began her service with the Health District as a Clinical therapist in 1998. She was promoted in 2008 to the position of Behavioral Health Director. Melinda has led the Division through three successful CARF accreditation surveys (each survey occurs every three years) while maintaining a clinical caseload.

    A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Melinda moved to the Chicago area to pursue a graduate degree. She earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology in 1985, and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. 

    Prior to her position at Stickney Behavioral Health, Melinda was employed with Grand Prairie Services for 8 years.  She held the position of Assistant Director of Training and Assistant Director of the Centre for New Beginnings, and was the recipient of the McAfee Award for Excellence in Social Service.

    Ms. Antoskiewicz brings a rich background of clinical experiences and has a special interest in grief and loss, clinical supervision and services to the LGBT community.

    Cherity Machnick

    Cherity Machnick, LCPC

    Cherity Machnick is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She completed her clinical training with the Behavioral Health Division in 2001. Upon receiving a Master's Degree from Roosevelt University in 2001, Ms. Machnick began using her clinical training and experience to help residents with serious mental disorders, anxiety and depression. Mrs. Machnick also has experience in the field of Developmental Disabilities, and facilitating therapy groups. She is a resident of the southwest suburbs and enjoys nature and time with her family.

    Sylvia Zoltek

    Sylvia Rabianski, LPC

    Mrs. Rabianski joined the staff of the Behavioral Health Division as a part-time therapist in July 2013. Fluent in Polish and English, she immigrated to the U.S. with her family when she was 10 years old. She grew up in Central Stickney, where she attended Charles J. Sahs School, and later moved to Burbank where she attended Reavis High School.

    Mrs. Rabianski earned her Masters Degree in Community Counseling from Argosy University in 2010 where she gained valuable experience working as an intern at Grand Prairie Services. She passed her licensing exam in 2013 and is currently designated as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Mrs. Zoltek provides therapy services to both Polish and English speaking individuals and has a special interest in working with individuals diagnosed with depression and anxiety.

    Eloisa Rosales

    Eioisa Rosales, LCSW

    Eloisa Rosales joined the Behavioral Health Division in 2007 as the Division’s first bicultural, bilingual Spanish speaking Clinical Therapist. Ms. Rosales obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2007, and is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Ms. Rosales’ parents migrated from Mexico to the United States in 1980, and she is the first in her family to earn a Master’s Degree.

    Ms. Rosales previously worked with the DCFS system as a case manager. She also has experience working in a residential setting for individuals diagnosed with severe mental disorders. In her current role as a Clinical Therapist with the Behavioral Health Division, Ms. Rosales provides treatment primarily to children and adolescents, and also Spanish speaking adults. She does, however; provide therapy services to individuals of other ethnic backgrounds as well. Ms. Rosales has facilitated several social skills groups with adolescents, and has provided various workshops for parents including violence prevention and also parenting skills.

    The Behavioral Health Division welcomes practicum student, Devin Knor, BA.

    Ms. Knor is currently pursuing her Counseling degree from Adler University. Devin is excited to have the opportunity to complete a practicum with the Behavioral Health Division, and hopes to obtain her Master’s Degree in the summer of 2017