Primary Care & Behavioral Health
The Hamdard Center strives to improve the health status of medically underserved populations by fostering the provision of high-quality, comprehensive health care that is accessible, coordinated, community-directed, culturally sensitive, and linguistically competent. Hamdard was granted Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status in 2013 and has opened its doors in both Chicago and Addison to a full range of primary health care services. We are excited and committed to provide the following services to our highly diverse, heavily immigrant constituency:
Medicare and Medicaid as well as private insurances are accepted.
Hamdard’s program philosophy is deeply rooted in our family and community values and our cultural and religious traditions and practices. One of the highly prioritized goals of our programs and services is the preservation, stabilization, and rehabilitation of our dysfunctional families. Hamdard’s programs and services are designed to strengthen and support families and to give people in distress a sense of hope. Hamdard uses a holistic, integrated service delivery model with a heavy emphasis on prevention and early intervention.
Trained and credentialed mental health counselors, social workers, clinical psychologists, and psychiatrists staff Hamdard’s mental health services. Mental health is the most widely used program by men, women, children, and elders seeking professional help for depression, anxiety, adjustment at work and at home, acculturation difficulties, family conflicts, intergenerational conflicts, marital problems, just to name a few. Hamdard helps elderly clients who feel abandoned and lost. Hamdard also provides assessments and evaluations for disability benefits and Social Security Income (SSI). The Agency’s professionals additionally run into teenage girls who have attempted to hurt themselves due to the overwhelming family pressure and multiple stressors, but most notably violence at home.
Hamdard’s professionals have seen positive outcomes when clients seek help at an early stage, especially in cases of marital discord and family violence. The Agency staff has also noted that most community members who seek help at Hamdard suffer from chronic, multiple problems and have severe barriers accessing mainstream services.
The goal of the Mental Health program is early detection, and intervention to reduce further damage to emotional health. Chicago area is growing in numbers with the refugee population. Most of the refugees coming to Hamdard to seek mental health services have severe trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms. Hamdard staff understands the unique need of refugees to help them adjust to living in a new culture.
Bilingual and bicultural counselors and psychiatrists are available to provide services all in need. Currently, counselors are able to see children age 12 and over and psychiatrists see individuals age 18 and over. At the Chicago office, psychiatric and psychological services are available in the following languages: Arabic, Bosnian, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Farsi, Somali, and Spanish. At the Addison office, bilingual services are available in Polish and Spanish.
Both locations offer the following behavioral health services: