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Leyden was first incorporated as a not-for-profit agency in 1952. Known as the Family Service Association of Proviso Township, the organization provided family and social services to residents of the eleven Proviso Townships of Illinois. In 1967, the name became Family Services of Proviso-Leyden, with the opening of a second office in adjoining Leyden Township.

In 1973, the Illinois Department of Mental Health (now the Illinois Department of Human Services) encouraged the organization to expand its services to help those with more severe mental health problems. Thus a much-needed Aftercare Program for the seriously and persistently mentally ill was born. Psychiatrists now began to diagnose, treat and monitor clients requiring psychotropic medication. Soon afterward, a Day Treatment Program was added which helped integrate and stabilize the mentally ill while providing them with skills necessary to leading happy, productive lives.

Additional services would be added over the years, including outpatient drug and alcohol treatment along with special family services for parents and children. In 1976, Leyden Family Services splintered from the Proviso-Leyden entity to accommodate the growing needs of the community. In 1977, The State of Illinois approached Leyden Family Services with the idea to open a unique Residential Treatment Program for the chemically dependent. This is today known as the SHARE Program, whose services are available to any Illinois resident.

A comprehensive Senior Program was added in 1978. Leyden’s main offices, located at 10001 W. Grand Avenue in Franklin Park, were later purchased in 1988. A new building was acquired for the SHARE Program in 1997, now located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. In 2001, Leyden purchased the 10200 Grand Ave building in Franklin Park to accommodate its comprehensive Aftercare Programs.

As the needs of our communities evolve, so do we. It is Leyden’s responsibility and mission to continually redefine its goals, as we constantly look for better ways to serve Illinois residents in need of help.