Northern Illinois Academy

Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois Academy is a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility, located in Aurora, IL, with a licensed capacity of 75 residents. Northern Illinois Academy is licensed by IL DCFS and accredited by the Joint Commission (JCAHO). We serve a diverse cross-section of exceptional children, from children with autism to young people with complex mental health and behavioral problems. By matching treatment methods to each child's individual abilities and needs, we achieve success in a variety of settings and produce enduring changes.

Resident Profile

  • Females and males, ages 6 to 21 years old
  • Full-scale IQ above 40
  • Demonstrates behavioral, emotional and psychiatric challenges
  • Needs assistance with completing ADLs
  • Suffers from Autism or other Developmental Delays and/or Social Emotional Disabilities
  • In need of a more structured environment to promote safety

Programs Offered

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder & Neurodevelopment Program
  • Multi-Needs Program
  • Social-Emotional Program
  • Independant Living Skills Track

Clinical Services Provided

  • Individual and Family Therapy
  • Weekly Needs Based Therapy Groups
  • Monthly Treatment team meeting
  • Parent Advisory & Support Services (PASS)
  • Social and Life Skills Development

Medical Services Provided

  • Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Board Certified Pediatrician
  • 24 hour Registered Nursing
  • Healthy Living and Medication Education

Educational Services Provided

  • Illinois State Board of Education certified Special Education Teachers
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Individualized Education
  • High School Requirements met
  • Chicago Area Alternative Education League (CAAEL)
  • Transitional Programming
  • Vocational Services
    • Example of our off-site vocational services that we offer:
      • Northern Illinois Food Bank
      • Feed My Starving Children
      • Casey's Safe Haven
      • Mutual Grounds
    • Example of our on-site vocational services that we offer:
      • Cooking Groups
      • Kitchen Aides
      • Housekeeping
      • Maintenance

Whom Do We Serve?

Northern Illinois Academy serves individuals between the ages of 6-21 from Illinois and other states who suffer from various mental health disorders. These can include such disorders as Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, and various forms of developmental delays, including those diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum Disorder.

For additional information or to make a referral, please contact:

Carolyn Willandt, MPA
Executive Director
Phone: 847-391-8000

Amanda Heitzman
Admission Coordinator
Northern Illinois Academy
Phone: 630-952-2211
Fax: 847-391-8001

For Employment Inquiries:
Phone: 630-952-2266

Notice of Privacy Practices
DCFS License 452486

Not sure which program?
Contact Steve Gilbert
Phone: 712-310-9395
Email for more information