The Kedzie Center is a program of Expanded Mental Health Services of Chicago NFP (EMHS). A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, EMHS was founded in 2010 by a group of mental health professionals and advocates who were concerned about an increasing shortage of accessible, quality community mental health services in Chicago. This group came together to develop innovative approaches to expand access to mental health services that reflect the needs and strengths of individuals, families, and communities receiving care.

Building on this philosophy, EMHS conducted a comprehensive needs assessment of Chicago's North River Area in 2013. This assessment guided the development of The Kedzie Center, allowing EMHS to develop programs and services that align with community concerns and reduce barriers to care. Through support from North River residents and the North River Expanded Mental Health Services Program, EMHS opened The Kedzie Center in October 2014. EMHS is excited to continue the work of the North River mental health consumers and residents who came together to make The Kedzie Center a reality.