ICL was founded in 1986 by Dr. Peter C. Campanelli, who envisioned residences situated within the community that would provide much-needed case management services for people with serious mental illness.
The first service that ICL offered was its Stepping Stone Residence, a 150-bed residence that provided housing and services to adults with serious mental illness.
Over the next decade, ICL continued to create some of the first residential programs in the country for people who were homeless with co-occurring serious mental illness and addiction disorders.
In 1993, ICL created its first residence for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and has since developed nine additional residential programs for this population.
ICL has also opened multiple mental health clinics, assumed the operation of a shelter for homeless women and a short-stay residence for homeless veterans, started vocational and employment programs, and much more.
In 1994, ICL again broke new ground, opening the country's first residence designed to reunify homeless mothers living with serious mental illness who had been separated from their children. This program has won numerous awards from the American Psychiatric Association and others.
In 2001, ICL's subsidiary, ICL Healthcare Choices, opened a health clinic to provide medical, dental and psychiatric care to special needs populations with extraordinary health care needs and limited service access. Today, HealthCare Choices serves over 1,000 people annually.
Today, ICL is still at the forefront of innovation and saving lives. It has created, piloted and is now implementing disease management and wellness/self management programs aimed at improving the health status of people with behavioral disorders, who die on average 25 years sooner than the general population from the same illnesses.
With the innovative treatment, pioneering rehabilitation programs and dedicated staff, ICL opens doors to the best possible life for people with severe disabilities and situational crises.
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