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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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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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