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

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Haymarket Center Honors 2016 Father Mac Award Recipient President Toni Preckwinkle

Irika Sargent, CBS Chicago Anchor serves as Master of Ceremonies

(Chicago, IL) Haymarket Center bestowed their 2016 Father Mac Award to this year’s honoree, President Toni Preckwinkle for her vision to support treatment and encourage recovery for those most in need. President Preckwinkle has worked with Haymarket Center and others in the treatment community to find solutions to addiction and its impact on the criminal justice system and other networks such as the hospitals, criminal justice system and the courts.

Each year at this lunch, Haymarket honors someone who has gone above and beyond to support Haymarket Center and is a champion for treatment and funding for those who fight this disease. 2016 Honoree, President Toni Preckwinkle, represents those objectives through her commitment to finding alternatives to incarceration when possible and working with leaders in the community to develop solutions and strategies to meeting the needs of those who will benefit.

“Haymarket’s Board unanimously supported President Preckwinkle for this year’s honor. She has been a leader in advocating for treatment and behavioral health funding and strategies that show results” said Dr. Dan Lustig, Interim President and CEO of Haymarket Center.

In addressing the audience, President Preckwinkle mentioned that addiction treatment and behavioral health is not a partisan issue but one that affects everyone, going beyond geography, political affiliation or economic status, “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.”

Irika Sargent, Evening Anchor CBS Chicago, served for the second year as the Master of Ceremonies. Ms. Sargent visited Haymarket Center and learned about the over 30 evidence based programs available. Also learning about the struggle with funding and concern over access to care. After learning about the programs, she was able to share those insights with the guests at the lunch.

The 2016 Father Mac Appreciation Award Lunch saw a 60% increase in attendance. Due to the work of the 2016 Co-Chairs, Joseph Stack, Haymarket Board member and nephew of founder Monsignor Ignatius McDermott and Michael Meagher, Executive VP at McHugh Construction, who revealed that Father Mac had married his parents many years ago, increased revenue by 25% from 2015.

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 29, 2016, 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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Haymarket Loses a Dear Friend

We regret to announce the passing of John M. Butler.  Mr. Butler was born in Brooklyn, New York and received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from St. John’s University in New York and New York University, respectively.  He had been on the board of Haymarket Center and its predecessor, The McDermott Foundation, since 1990.


The following is an excerpt about Mr. Butler from the book, “Father Mac – The Life and Times of Ignatius D. McDermott, Co-Founder of Chicago’s Famed Haymarket Center” by Thomas F. Roeser:


Working with Monsignor McDermott, Jack Whalen brought in a priceless resource: not just money, but a man with sophisticated experience in finance.  It began when Monsignor McDermott told Mr. Whalen simply, “A man has called who wants to give money.  I’d like you to talk to him.”  This man was John Butler, a recently retired top financial officer with the Chicago Northwestern Railroad.  Whalen visited with Butler, who had been donation $2,000 here and $5,000 there.  Butler was looking for a cause to give more money to.  Whalen took him on a tour of the ravaged Haymarket House, pointing out what it could ultimately be.  Butler joined the board and became Chief Financial Officer of McDermott Foundation, volunteering his time and ruling on important financial decisions.


As a member of the board of Haymarket Center, Mr. Butler served as a voluntary Vice President and Chairman of the Finance Committee.  He was instrumental in acquiring land and buildings for Haymarket Center.  One of his accomplishments was to renegotiate the bank loan for Haymarket’s properties.  His efforts saved tens of thousands of dollars in interest payments.  These are but a few of the many contributions that Mr. Butler has been involved in.  We are grateful to his family for allowing him to be an intricate part of the history of Haymarket Center.


Haymarket Center will forever be grateful for all the good work he did for the people we are privileged to serve.  His distinguished service and passion for the mission and vision set forth by our founder Monsignor Ignatius McDermott always will be remembered as an example of a person’s whose commitment serves as an example of an individual who truly wants to do God’s work.

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The Warranty Group Chooses Haymarket Center for their First-Ever Global Service Initiative


Haymarket President and CEO Ray Soucek (3rd from right) with TWG volunteers
Haymarket Center is proud to announce it is the beneficiary of The Warranty Group’s (TWG) first-ever global volunteerism initiative. TWG chose Haymarket’s courtyard beautification as its regional team project for employees to volunteer in support of worthy causes.

“We thank The Warranty Group for selecting Haymarket,” said Haymarket Center’s president and CEO Ray Soucek.

“We appreciate the validation and the opportunity this gave us to tell others what we do and why,” Soucek said.

“When we learned that September is National Recovery Month, we thought of Haymarket,” TWG Senior Vice President and Treasurer, Kevin Diamond said. “Helping this way gave us the chance to learn about the challenges of treatment and recovery.”

Haymarket Center’s courtyard, at 932 West Washington Street, needed rejuvenation as a place of tranquil reflection for the some 16,000 clients treated annually. The project took place on Thursday, September 15.
TWG’s Chicago team power washed, weeded, planted perennials, and mulched the courtyard. They also met the Haymarket Center staff that is so stretched under current budget uncertainty that it has not been able to care for the courtyard properly.

Home Depot donated all the supplies needed for the beautification, including dirt, plants, mulch and all tools.
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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Signs Human Trafficking Measures

(Photo - Jon Seidel/Sun-Times)
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed two bills targeting the savage crime of human trafficking, one creating a statewide task force and one to provide medical assistance to victims.

Haymarket Center has been working to increase awareness of the problem of forced sexual exploitation with a number of presentations and  workshops for several years. Dr. Dan Lustig, Vice President of Clinical Services, has been an outspoken advocate for the need to address this problem and has worked to educate legislators, law enforcement officials and clinicians about the scope and degree of devastation wrought by this particulary ugly crime.

Haymarket Center has had programs to help victims of human trafficking for several years, offering recovery services in both a residential and drop-in basis.

Read more on the Sun-Times website.
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U.S. Surgeon General and Sen. Dick Durbin Bring Turn the Tide campaign to Haymarket

The national Turn the Tide campaign continued with a stop in Chicago Wednesday, August 10. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy joined U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Vice-President of Clinical Services at Haymarket Center, Dan Lustig, Psy.D., to tour Haymarket Center in Chicago and hear directly from the health care providers who are working daily to combat the opioid epidemic – an epidemic that now kills more Americans than car accidents.


Turn the Tide is a national campaign based on the concept of “prescribers talking to prescribers.” Turn the Tide aims to educate prescribers about the opioid epidemic, mobilize health care professionals to improve prescribing practices, provide the public with information to protect themselves and their families from opioid misuse and overdose, and change the cultural perceptions of addiction, so that it is seen not as a moral failing but a chronic illness that must be treated with skill, urgency and compassion.

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Turn The Tide website

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Haymarket Center's Fatherhood program is featured on WGN News.

WGN’s Gaynor Hall takes a look at the Fatherhood program this Father’s Day weekend; a program that aims to heal families wounded by addiction.

The Fatherhood program at Haymarket is an off-shoot of a program for Moms. The goal is healing entire families, to break the cycle of addiction.

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Haymarket Center's Own Jeff Collord Named to IADDA's Executive Committee

Congratulations to Jeff Collord, our Director of External Affairs, who has been approved to be the Secretary for the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association(IADDA) Board. As an officer of the board, he will be part of the IADDA’s Executive Committee. Jeff has been an IADDA board member for a number of years and was the winner of the IADDA’s George Schwab Award for outstanding service to the addiction field. 
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Senator Durbin Introduces Bill to Expand Access to Substance Abuse Treatment Under Medicaid

Senator Dick Durbin held a press conference at Haymarket Center to announce introduction of the Medicaid CARE Act, co-sponsored by Senator King (I – Maine).

The Act modifies the IMD Exclusion, a topic Haymarket's Dr. Dan Lustig and Jeff Collord have been working with the Senator’s office and others in Washington, DC, for several years. In addition to the Senator speakers at the press conference included Ray Soucek, who introduced the Senator; Dr. Lustig; Tom Britton, President and CEO of Gateway Foundation; and Pam Rodriguez, President and CEO of TASC.

From Senator Durbin's press release:

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined doctors and substance abuse treatment clients at Haymarket Center to discuss legislation he has introduced that will expand access to treatment for vulnerable populations who currently are not receiving the addiction care they need while the heroin and opioid prescription drug abuse epidemic continues to grow. The Medicaid Coverage for Addiction Recovery Expansion (Medicaid CARE) Act would modify the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Disease (IMD) Exclusion policy—a decades-old Medicaid policy that has had the unintended consequence of limiting treatment for our most at-risk populations.  The measure would allow more than 2,000 additional Illinois Medicaid recipients in Illinois to receive care annually.

“Too many substance abuse centers do not qualify for Medicaid because of an outdated understanding of addiction, which restricts access to care. Less than 12 percent of Illinoisans in need of substance abuse treatment actually receive it.  That unacceptable treatment rate is hindering our ability to help these individuals turn their lives around and start curtailing this public health epidemic that's feeding on our state's youth,” Durbin said. “That’s why I am introducing a bill to change this outdated and ill-advised policy to ensure that patients in need of substance abuse care can get it.”

Click the picture above to see an excerpt of Senator Durbin's press conference at Haymarket Center
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Haymarket Center once again awarded full three-year CARF certification

After a painstaking and exhaustive survey, CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, has once again awarded Haymarket Center a full three year accreditation, the maximum offered. In an overwhelmingly positive report, the Commission praised Haymarket’s leadership, commitment, and effectiveness in providing services and making a positive impact on the lives of those they serve. In their summary meeting with Haymarket staff they had this to say about what they found:

“Haymarket senior leadership is respected by its colleagues for their commitment and efforts in advocating for services and adequate resources to support the clients they serve.

They are recognized for making evidence based arguments to support the efficacy in investing in treatment and resources and positive social and financial impact of these investments.  They are forward thinking and have maintained relationships with leaders and politicians and all levels of the government.

The organization is recognized for their commitment to strong relationships with funders, timely, accurate business practices and open responsive communication. 

Management staff are strong and have been successful maintaining a stable community that have provided leadership in the field on such new initiatives in the Affordable Care Act. 

The staff and leadership respond quickly to service demands, are clear with clients regarding their expectations and providing personalized and extraordinary service qualities of innovated treatments with clients.

Haymarket has a long standing positive reputation in Chicago for providing a wide continuum for addiction services and support with a comprehensive approach to recovery for vulnerable populations with complex needs and challenges.

The extensive continuum of services provides persons with program choices, seamless transition to levels of care and the opportunity to set a self-pace recovery process, the effectiveness of this approach in the achievement of positive outcomes for persons served.

The agency is recognized for its innovated evidence based projects in prevention, training and outreach services.  Treatment is tailored to the cultural needs of the person served including the provision of services and written materials in the person’s primary language.

Persons served report are tremendous degree of trust in the organization and its staff members.  And, they state that they are treated with upmost respect and dignity on all phases of treatment.  Persons served state they have never been turned away when seeking treatment even when the organization is at capacity or their needs are beyond the scope of services offered by the organization. 

Haymarket provides comprehensive employment services to the persons served including job readiness, budgeting, parenting, and merit cards for transportation, clothing and more; all leading to successful individualized competitive job placement.

They also have a positive working relationship with the community, as a local attorney from the Cook County public defender’s office, to local banks and the staff from the Illinois Department of Employment Security conduct workshops as part of the job readiness program. 

The Community Housing Program is a short term recovery model for individuals learning to live clean and sober lives.

Staff and individuals work together to master basic, daily living skills.  Additional support includes therapies and groups such as NA and AA.

Haymarket is commended for the large number or persons served who are also employees of the organization.  Two funding sources permit Haymarket to hire individuals on the job training program and many of these individuals have become regular Haymarket employees.  This demonstrates their belief to giving everyone a second chance.

Haymarket demonstrates a commitment to the provision of services guided by evidence based practices.  Training and supervision occurs at all levels to ensure that the evidence based modalities are implemented appropriately and effectively throughout the program. 

The organization provided services in a location that is well equipped to meet the needs of the persons served.  

Transportation is provided to assist people served with community resources and needs in their continuity of care. 

The staff members of Haymarket have longevity with the organization and appear dedicated to the profession and steadfast in their approach providing quality services to their target population.  This longevity brings stability, history and continuity of service delivery.

Haymarket Center offers a menu of various education tracks in addition to program services.  The person served may enroll in lifestyle classes which builds and enhances their competencies and self-esteem.

That completes the report, ladies and gentlemen, and we applaud.

CARF Certificate October 31, 2015

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Top 7 Reasons NOT to Cut Addiction Funding

1. Because Illinois will LOSE critical federal funds.

States must contribute a “maintenance of effort” (MOE) to the federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant. If substance use disorders (SUD) treatment GRF is cut, the block grant may also be cut. For every dollar Illinois cuts, funding may be reduced $2. Illinois has been informed that we will not receive another waiver from MOE due to years of cuts – 24% of funding since 2009.

2. Because ACA and Medicaid do not cover everything.

Thankfully the percentage of uninsured clients is dropping. However, Medicaid and insurance do not cover many services clients with severe addictions need in order to enter into and maintain recovery. In addition, the City of Chicago estimated that 110,000 residents would not qualify for ACA coverage.

3. Because it costs a LOT more to treat addicts in hospitals.

When treatment isn’t available, addicts go to hospital emergency rooms. Hospitals will return them to the streets after a brief stay. In cases of Heroin abuse, hospitals often release patients before onset of full withdrawal (5-7 days), creating a health risk and likelihood of relapse. Treatment providers like Haymarket move individuals into treatment and recovery, reducing hospital admissions.

4. Because you can’t reduce funding for treatment and the prison population at the same time.

At least 40% of offenders in Illinois prisons (over 19,000 offenders) have an SUD. Illinois can’t reduce this population if there is less treatment available in the community for them to access.

5. Because babies born to addicted mothers will cost WAY more in neo-natal intensive care.

At Haymarket Center, 1800 babies have been born to mothers in treatment. If they had gone into neonatal intensive care at $30,000 an episode, it would have cost Illinois $41,448,400 more than normal birth costs. Medicaid covers some, but not all, of the mothers’ treatment costs.

6. Because treatment providers are also employers.

To survive 6 years of cuts to SUD funding, Haymarket reduced its workforce by nearly 120 staff members. Other providers have shut down or are on the verge of closing. DASA cuts will send more individuals to unemployment.

7. Because treatment results in tax-paying citizens.

Haymarket clients have minimal job histories. When they enter into recovery and get a job through our workforce development program, they become tax-paying citizens for the first time.


Prepared by Haymarket Center. Please contact Jeffrey Collord, Director of External Affairs, with any questions.

jcollord@hcenter.org or 312-226-7984 ext 331

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