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DuPage County Opioid Related Deaths

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CHICAGO (CBS) — While nearly 80 people were killed by opioids in DuPage County last year, when it comes to treatment, some tell CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar “not in my backyard.”

“The sad thing is with heroin, when you have a relapse, you often don’t get another chance,” said Patti Clousing, who’s adopted son Keenan died of a heroin overdose in 2014. “It tore his life to pieces — and it did tear our family apart, too.”

Keenan was 19 when he overdosed.

And just miles from Clousing’s Wheaton home, the Haymarket Center is looking to move in, providing a 16 bed residential and outpatient drug rehab facility.

“You have individuals already in the community that are impacted by addiction that aren’t getting treatment,” said Dr. Dan Lustig, who runs Haymarket.



The addiction treatment center is decades-old; it’s largest location is in Chicago.

“This is an opportunity to bring medical care to a population that deserves it and needs it now,” Dr. Lustig said.

DuPage County saw 51 opioid drug deaths in 2015. In 2016, that number jumped by 53 percent to 78 deaths, and, once totaled, 2017 will be nearly 80.



“This type of facility, while necessary, is not appropriate for that area, especially with the kids right next door here,” said Dan Wasser, a Wheaton resident.

The proposed site, currently not zoned for residential use, would sit next to a daycare and homes. Some, like Wasser, worry that the facility will negativity impact the community.

Clousing, however, thinks the facility in that area could save lives.

“Haymarket will save lives. And it won’t just save lives — it will save a family.”

Special residential zoning would be needed before Haymarket could ever move in. Public comment continues at city hall next Tuesday.

Narcan, the drug that reverses the effects of an opioid drug overdose, has helped fight the epidemic. It has saved 380 lives in DuPage County since 2013.


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Hands of Hope

Haymarket Center is the ONLY accredited program working with local law enforcement and the national Sex Trafficking Hotline to help find support and treat these women who experience extreme trauma and circumstances that no one should have to endure. 

Please RSVP to Cortney Ryan by Friday, January 5, 2018.





For questions or to RSVP, please contact Cortney Ryan at 630.833.7722 or email CortneyRyan@WinningSystemsInc.net You may email this form to Cortney Ryan or mail with payment to: Haymarket Center, c/o 105 S. York, Suite 500, Elmhurst, IL 60126




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Haymarket Welcomes Illinois’ New Drug-Addiction Hotline

Illinois launches drug-addiction hotline, but barriers to treatment persist


Illinois officials have announced the launch of a telephone helpline meant to connect people suffering from opioid addiction or other drug problems with treatment providers, part of an effort to reduce overdose-related deaths by a third over the next three years.

The helpline, which is available 24 hours a day by calling 1-833-2FINDHELP, will put a caller in touch with a trained screener who will search for state-licensed options near the caller’s neighborhood or hometown, said Maria Bruni, head of Illinois’ Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.

The idea is to streamline a search that can be time-consuming and frustrating, and can lead the unwary to treatment centers that might not be suitable, Bruni said.

“It’s nice to have a single state resource where people can call and know the information they’re receiving isn’t geared toward getting them into a (specific) program,” she said. “It’s really trying to match them with the treatment they’re seeking.”

Treatment specialists interviewed by the Tribune welcomed the helpline as a needed tool for drug users and their families, but some said it will be only so useful at a time when the state has steadily decreased funding for treatment.

“We need to get these folks to the right treatment, treatment we know is reputable, but then we’ve got to be able to get them in the door,” said Sara Howe of the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health, which represents treatment providers.

Massachusetts was one of the first states to establish an addiction helpline, and it now gets about 2,000 calls a month. Officials with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, which runs the service, say call-takers try to assess a person’s needs and ancillary issues, from transportation to family obligations, before suggesting options.

“While geography and finances may be barriers for some, we help people navigate those and any other barriers by ending every Helpline interaction with a viable next step for the consumer to support their treatment and recovery,” a spokeswoman said.

Bruni said Illinois’ model works in a similar way. Screeners, provided by a contractor, access a database of treatment providers, counselors and doctors who offer medications such as buprenorphine, a drug that wards off withdrawal symptoms and blocks the craving for heroin and other opioids.

They can then offer choices to callers depending on where they live, what they’re seeking and what kind of insurance — if any — they have. For now, Bruni said, the screeners are just giving out contact information, but the long-term aim is to be able to instantly connect a caller with a treatment center.

She acknowledged that the state will not be able to ensure access for every caller, particularly in rural areas where treatment is scarce. And uninsured callers seeking to get into residential programs, the most expensive mode of treatment, could still face significant barriers.

But she said many people who need help should be able to find it promptly.

“With outpatient, there’s very little wait time, if any,” she said. “With methadone, right now, we’re seeing short wait times. Most are accepting referrals the same day.”

Dan Lustig, CEO of the Chicago-based Haymarket Center, said one important effect of the helpline should be steering desperate and inexperienced people away from “patient brokers” who direct clients to pricey, out-of-state treatment centers.

“What’s happening now with families is they don’t know where to turn,” he said. “(Brokers) end up sending people to very expensive programs that aren’t effective. What this helpline will do is provide another tool to point people in the right direction.”

Gabriela Zapata-Alma of Thresholds, which treats substance abuse and mental illness throughout Illinois, said the helpline will also assist providers who now serve as informal search engines for people seeking treatment.

“So many times people call our treatment center, and our location is far from where they live,” she said. “I will spend so much time on the phone with them looking for places closer to their home. We never want to give people referrals that don’t pan out.”

Though the helpline will not increase the availability of treatment, the state is tapping the same $16 million federal grant that’s paying for it to add medication-assisted treatment in parts of the state where it is not available, Bruni said.

“We’re hoping early in 2018 to get that done,” she said.





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Today is #GivingTuesday

This is your chance to aid the children born in addiction and their families.

The "Face of Hope"




 Cheryl's Story 


Wholly Innocence Childcare

With the support of our friends, Haymarket Center has been able to deliver 1,800 babies drug free and save thousands of lives 


#GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Haymarket Center is raising resources for the completion of a new & improved childcare center, supporting children and the entire family in their treatment and recovery.


YOU can be a part of helping someone change their life!

Join with us today in supporting the services that Haymarket Center provides.



                                            #HopeStartsAtHaymarket                   #GivingTuesday


Haymarket Center is tax exempt under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code; contributions to Haymarket Center are deductible to the fullest extent of the law on tax returns.


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Irika Sargent, CBS Chicago Anchor serves as Master of Ceremonies 




(Chicago) —Haymarket Center bestowed its highest award, the Father Mac Award, to Representative Lou Lang, a longtime champion for treatment and funding for those who are in recovery from substance use disorders, including opioid addiction.

“The increasing national opioid epidemic has become a health crisis, threating to devastate an entire generation of Americans. Lou Lang has answered the emergency by advocating legislation that will help to find an end to it,” said Dr. Dan Lustig, President of Haymarket. “As chair of a House Task Force on the Heroin Crisis, and member of the Illinois House’s Mental Health committee, Lou Lang has been a longtime advocate for funding effective ways to prevent and treat substance use disorders. He took the lead to pass the most comprehensive legislation in the country today,” said Lustig. “He has helped law enforcement, healthcare professionals, insurance providers and state and local government leaders come together to find solutions to help those in recovery and help stem the opioid crisis, while also championing the need for life-saving and cost effective treatment options,” said Lustig.

The award was bestowed at a Chicago luncheon November 17 attended by several of Rep. Lang’s Illinois House of Representative colleagues who also showed their support of Haymarket Center’s ongoing leadership in the field of addictions treatment. “There could not be a more vital time for us to work with state legislators to seek impactful solutions and we are grateful that Lou Lang and his legislative colleagues answered the call.” Accepting the award Lang emphasized the great deal of work remaining to bring the epidemic under control. “This is an issue that we all need to face together and all understand that finding help for those struggling will not only benefit those in need, but also our community,” said Rep. Lang.

Dr. Phil O’Connor, a board member at Haymarket and a long-time advisor to Illinois’ governors on various policy issues, chaired this year’s event, and Rob Karr, President and CEO of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association served as co-chair. “These issues impact the business community and all of us continue to learn a great deal about the challenges to providing care in order to meet the sadly growing demand. It’s an honor to serve a great cause and like many of us, I’m dedicated to giving my time and skills to helping in any way I can,” said Karr.

Irika Sargent, Evening Anchor CBS Chicago, served for the third year as the Master of Ceremonies. Ms. Sargent shared the background of recent addiction news stories and thanked Haymarket for being a resource in CBS’ effort to provide vital information to the public.

The Award Lunch also honored two activists in the community who through their volunteering have enhanced Haymarket’s ability to provide support in the community at the same time the demand for care is increasing at an alarming rate. “We have seen an 89% increase in clients with heroin addiction admitted to Haymarket in the last decade and that has led to a shift in some of our approaches to care” said Hon. Lee Daniels, Chairman of Haymarket’s Board.

Karen Reid, a Trustee at Rush Medical Center was presented with Haymarket’s first Visionary Award. Ms. Reid’s work at the Rush nursing program has helped thousands of individuals at Haymarket gain greater access to healthcare and needed medicines to support successful transition into recovery.

Joel Nickson, owner and chef of Wishbone restaurants, was honored with the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award for his tireless assistance to Haymarket over many years. Joel’s assistance in job training and placement activities has increased opportunities for those leaving treatment and finding a new path for their future.

The 2017 Father Mac Appreciation Award lunch was attended by more than 200 policy leaders, those representing community businesses, and long-time and new supporters of Haymarket Center.


The mission of Haymarket Center, founded in 1975, is to aid people with substance use disorders in their recovery by providing comprehensive behavioral health solutions.


If you know someone who needs help or you want to learn more about Haymarket Center visit the website at www.HCenter.org. Haymarket Center will be promoting Giving Tuesday to be held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, if you want to be a part of those receiving information, please send an email to info@hcenter.org to be added to the list.





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Clinical Staff Hiring Event

Please Bring an Updated Resume’.

For more information you may contact Human Resources at 312-226-7984 , ext. 677 or 497.
We are seeking candidates for the following positions:

Responsible for overall management of six or more clinical programs. Provides direct supervision to Clinical Program Supervisors. Requires a Master’s Degree in Human Services plus Licensure (LCSW, LCPC). CADC preferred. Knowledge of family-based treatment and evidence-based interventions, knowledge of area funding sources. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to provide effective supervision. Must have 3 years’ experience in management and substance abuse.


Responsible for overall function of assigned program, direct supervision of counselor staff and clinical treatment of assigned patient charts. Requires a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent, CADC certification and prior supervisory experience in the field of substance abuse.


Facilitates and monitors physical and emotional health status of patients and provides appropriate referral when assessed to need medical, psychiatric, dental evaluation/care. Requires high school diploma or equivalent, bachelor’s degree preferred. CADC certification required. Ability to handle multiple assignments at once, provide effective supervision. Excellent verbal and written communication.


The mission of Haymarket Center is to aid people with substance use disorders in their recovery by providing comprehensive behavioral health solutions.

The field of addictions has gone through a remarkable transformation over the past few years. Haymarket Center has emerged as a leader in the field of addictions and behavioral health treatment. We have done this through our evidence based interventions and state of the art programming geared towards strong outcomes. Our theme that captures the spirit of Haymarket Center in 2017 and beyond is "Focus on Success."
The message behind Focus on Success is one of participation by every Haymarket Center employee. Together, we are creating a company where teamwork and collaboration enable us to succeed, both individually and collectively.
Haymarket Center maintains a drug-free work environment.

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Jeff Collord Discusses how the "Opioid Epidemic Squeezes State Finances"



Opioid Epidemic Squeezes State Finances

Illinois’ opioid epidemic is sure to put a squeeze on the state’s already shaky finances, if it isn’t already.

 A report from credit rating agency Standard & Poor's said growing costs from opioid addiction won’t immediately diminish any state’s credit rating, which in Illinois is just above junk status, but for states struggling to maintain budget balances, any increased costs will be unwelcomed.

Jeffrey Collord from Chicago area substance abuse treatment centers Haymarket Center said a recent study from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s opioid action plan released in September found that 11.7 percent of people with substance abuse problems were able to get help.

“That means that 88 people out of every 100 who need substance abuse treatment could not get it,” Collord said.


 That indicates costs to treat opioid addiction could explode in Illinois.

 S&P’s report author David Hitchcock said for states with structural budget imbalances like Illinois, it will be tough to find the funds.

 “It’s a marginal increase,” Hitchcock said of the possible increased opioid costs compared to the overall state budget, “but one that makes it just that much more difficult for them to balance their budget. They’ll have to find some other place in their budget to cut to make up for any increase of any sort.”

 Just how much costs could grow is difficult to tell. The biggest impact will be on spending for law enforcement, jails and prisons, Hitchcock said, and that will crowd out other services.

 “Because if you incarcerate more people, treat more people, have to pay more Medicaid expenditures, that’s a fixed costs that has to be paid before other things that are discretionary,” he said.

 The crowding out effect isn’t just from opioid costs, but also from the state’s mounting pension debt and backlog of unpaid bills.

 Illinois already has major structural deficits. The state’s unfunded pension debt and state employee retiree healthcare costs total more than $200 billion. The Illinois comptroller’s office reports the state’s backlogged bills are more than $16.5 billion. And Rauner’s office said the fiscal 2018 budget lawmakers passed over his veto is already $1.7 billion out of balance.

 Collord said Illinois is already lagging behind.

 “Illinois has struggled to maintain a maintenance of effort requirement, that’s like a match, that Illinois has to meet in order to get the federal funding for substance abuse treatment,” Collord said.

 Hitchcock’s study highlighted Illinois as one of more than 20 states across the country that saw a statistically significant increase of more than 5 percent in opioid overdoses from 2014 to 2015.

 The Illinois Department of Public Health said nearly 1,900 people died of opioid overdose in Illinois last year.









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Illinois 12th District Congressman Mike Bost Tours Haymarket Center

From left to right: Marie Day, Haymarket Center Coordinator; Kenyatta Cathey, Haymarket Center VP of Clinical Services; Jeffrey Collord, Haymarket Center VP of Operations; Congressman Mike Bost, 12th District, Illinois

On Monday 9/25/17, we had the honor of hosting Congressman Mike Bost while he toured Haymarket Center. Jeffrey Collard discussed the large number of clients served at Haymarket Center who reside in the Illinois 12th District. Kenyatta Cathey discussed the services provided at Haymarket Center and the impact the Affordable Care Act has on our programs and the access to care.

Thank you Congressman Bost!


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