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Adult Services

Nicasa offers a variety of behavioral health services for adults including evaluation and treatment for substance abuse, mental health, gambling, and other behavioral health concerns.

All Nicasa’s Adult Outpatient Services are certified by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) International, Inc.

10 hours of risk reduction education on alcohol and other drug use. This class is intended for adults who need education on the risks associated with drug and alcohol use as well as those who have been referred due to a DUI arrest.

AODA is provided in a 4-session class. Weekday and weekend sessions are available in English and Spanish.

AODA services are available at Nicasa’s Round Lake, Waukegan, Highland Park, Zion, and Buffalo Grove offices. A sliding fee scale is available based on income.

Adult Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

Counseling helps adults develop the short and long-term goals necessary for a life free from alcohol and other drugs. Outpatient treatment recommendations are based on the severity of the substance use issue as identified in an evaluation or assessment. To register for Outpatient Treatment, clients must make a 1-hour intake appointment.

For DUI offenders, counseling is typically recommended at one of the following levels:

  • Moderate Risk Treatment – 11 hours of group counseling in addition to AODA education
  • Significant Risk Treatment – 19 hours of group counseling in addition to AODA education
  • High Risk Treatment – 74 hours of group counseling
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment – 9 hours per week for an average of 18 weeks

For non-DUI offenders, the above hours may vary based on your counselor’s recommendation.

Treatment services are funded in part by Lake County Community Development Block Grant, private insurance, the Illinois Department of Human Services and fee-for service. A sliding fee scale is available based on income. Day, evening, and weekend appointments are available in English and Spanish.

Mental Health Services

Nicasa provides consultations, evaluations, and psychotherapy for a wide variety of mental health concerns including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and cutting and self-harm behaviors. Mental health services begin with a 2-hour assessment. Services are overseen by master’s level and licensed mental health therapists.

A sliding fee scale is available based on income. Day, evening, and weekend appointments are available in English and Spanish.

Mental Health Services are funded in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County.

For more information on mental health services please Contact Us.

DUI Services

Illinois laws require individuals arrested for DUI to obtain an alcohol/drug evaluation. In 1988, the 19th Judicial Circuit enacted a rule that all DUI evaluations in Lake County be performed by Nicasa. As a result of the evaluation, recommendations may be made for additional education or treatment services.

Secretary of State (SOS) Services

Services to help individuals work toward the reinstatement of driving privileges through the Secretary of State for licenses that have been suspended or revoked. Nicasa’s role is to evaluate one’s substance abuse history, identify needs, and ensure all concerns have been addressed prior to application for driving privileges.

SOS Services are provided in three parts:

  1. A one-hour appointment that includes a screening and review of the individual’s substance abuse history.
  2. A 90-minute appointment that includes a full evaluation and interview with a family member.
  3. A 15 to 30-minute appointment to review the results of the evaluation and receive necessary documentation needed for the application.

SOS Services are based on a flat rate and are not eligible for fee reduction. Day, evening, and weekend appointments are available in English and Spanish.

Anger Management Counseling

Group counseling to help individuals address anger issues such as controlling anger and expressing anger appropriately. For current availability and more information please contact us.

Gambling Intervention Services

Assessment, counseling and self-exclusion services to address the needs of people who may be compulsive or problem gamblers. Gambling services most often begin with a free consultation with the gambler or a loved one. Nicasa provides individual gambling counseling and self-exclusion in English and Spanish.

Gender-Specific Services

Nicasa’s Judy H. Fried Center offers a gender-specific treatment program for men and women with substance abuse problems. The program includes a day or evening treatment program as well as comprehensive support services such as childcare, transportation, meals, self-sufficiency and job skills training, referrals for health care and domestic abuse counseling, and parent education.

The Judy H. Fried Center is open Monday through Friday with day and evening treatment programs. Services are available in English. A sliding fee scale is available based on income.

Bridge House Halfway House

A community-based residence for men and women recovering from chemical dependency. More.

Aftercare Support Services

Continuing recovery support for men and women who have completed a substance abuse treatment program. Individuals attend outpatient substance abuse groups on a predetermined schedule that is less frequent than regular outpatient services. This allows them to benefit from the positive recovery environment and to have a counselor available for extra help if needed.

Aftercare Support Services are available on a sliding fee scale based on income. Day, evening, and weekend sessions are available in English and Spanish.

Creating a Toolbox for Navigating Change Support Group

Current events have you stressed out?

Unsure how to communicate your feelings with others?

Uncertain of what will happen next.

Nicasa Behavioral Health Services now offers Creating a Toolbox for Navigating Change!

Join us in a safe and respectful dialogue every Saturday from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM in our Round Lake Office.

Participation is limited- Call us at 847-546-6450 to register today!



31979 N. Fish Lake Road
Round Lake, IL 60073

1113 Greenwood Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60087

2031 Dugdale Road
North Chicago, IL 60064

2900 Main Street, Buffalo
Grove, IL 60089

1724 1st Street
Highland Park, IL 60035

Inside of New Hope Christian Fellowship Church
1401 S. Lake Street
Mundelein, IL 60060

Bridge House - residential recovery home
3016 Grand Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60085

1015 27th Street
Zion, IL 60099
(walk-in location for assessments only)

Inside of JIC Community Development
202 S Genesee St
Waukegan, IL 60085

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