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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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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.

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.









press release - Haymarket Center Honors 2017 Father Mac Award Recipient


(Chicago) Haymarket Center will host its annual Father Mac Appreciation Award Lunch, 12 Noon, Friday, November 17 at Maggiano’s in Chicago. Each year Haymarket Center honors, with the Father Mac Appreciation Award, a dedicated public servant who is a partner in the battle to help people in their recovery from addictions. The award, named after Haymarket’s founder, Father Ignatius McDermott, is being awarded this year to Representative and House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang.
“Representative Lou Lang 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, thereby bringing healing and hope to those in need,” said Dr. Dan Lustig, President and CEO of Haymarket Center. “As a member of the Illinois House’s Mental Health committee, Rep. Lang has been a longtime advocate for funding effective ways to prevent and treat substance use disorders.” 
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. 2017 Honoree Representative Lou Lang represents that service of caring through his commitment to finding alternatives to incarceration, and working with community leaders to develop solutions and strategies to meeting the needs of those who will benefit.
Haymarket treats more than 12,000 men and women each year for substance use disorders, including the most vulnerable and underserved of our fellow citizens. For the last decade Haymarket has been waging an even greater battle against the heroin epidemic – of which Chicago is an epicenter. With more than 60,000 deaths nationally predicted to occur this year as a result of the epidemic, it is a public health emergency that afflicts young, old, suburban, rural and urban individuals and families.
“This year, Haymarket’s board unanimously decided to bestow the Father Mac Award on our champion, Representative Lou Lang, and include additional awards recognizing those who work on the front lines every day in this fight. The need continues to grow and without the support of legislators like Lou Lang and those individuals we honor at this year’s lunch, we could not stem the tide that continues every day,” said Lustig.
Karen Reid, a Trustee at Rush Medical Center is being presented with Haymarket’s Visionary Award. Ms. Reid’s work through the Rush nursing program at Haymarket has helped thousands of individuals gain greater access to healthcare and needed medicines. Joel Nickson, owner and chef of Wishbone restaurants, is being presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award for his tireless assistance to Haymarket over many years. Both of these volunteers and community activists have helped Haymarket Center meet their need for greater investment in programs and opportunities for those individuals in recovery.
Irika Sargent, the Evening Anchor of CBS 2 Chicago, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for a third year. Ms. Sargent is a proponent of Haymarket Center, having learned first-hand about its more than 30 evidence based programs. Ms. Sargent is a vocal supporter of the deep importance of Haymarket’s work and its value to the community and has a strong understanding of the struggle for consistent funding and concern over access to care.
Despite the grim statistics of the epidemic, there is much to be hopeful about. Haymarket has been successful in the battle against addictions because it is driven by meeting clients’ identified needs; its comprehensive approach to recovery; chronic disease management; data-based program efficacy; and programmatic outcomes that drive system change. Haymarket’s services include community-based behavioral health programs that are gender responsive, culturally appropriate, and population specific. Within its three-building, six-story campus, Haymarket provides substance use disorder and recovery treatment onsite, including detoxification, residential, outpatient, and recovery homes.
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.
The awards luncheon is a fundraising event open to the public. Information about purchasing tickets is at Father Mac Appreciation Award Annual Luncheon.
Haymarket Center invites everyone to join us in raising awareness and investing in programs that make a difference in people’s lives. 
If you know someone who needs help or to learn more about Haymarket Center, visit www.HCenter.org. Haymarket Center will be promoting
Giving Tuesday, Tuesday, November 28.
If you would like to receive information about the event, please email info@hcenter.org to be added to the list.







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!


National Trends on Mental Health and Addiction Parity

National Trends on Mental Health and Addiction Parity

Most health plans are required by Illinois and federal law to cover mental health and
addiction treatment on par with other types of medical conditions. In other words,
health plans cannot place more stringent limitations on coverage for illnesses of the
brain. These requirements are broadly referred to as “parity” and are designed to reduce barriers
and improve access to care for people with mental health and addiction conditions.
Despite these requirements, however, evidence from around the country suggests many
patients have difficulty getting mental health and addiction treatment covered. For example, a
patient survey conducted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) found that patients
seeking coverage from private insurers for mental health services reported being denied
coverage at a rate double those seeking coverage for other medical services. 


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Illinois vs. the Opioid Epidemic

The epidemic of opioid overdose deaths has been geographically lopsided. West Virginia has the highest rate, followed by New Hampshire, Ohio and Kentucky. Illinois’ rate is one-third of West Virginia’s, but that’s only modest comfort. Last year, 1,889 people died from opioid overdoses in Illinois.

But people keep using heroin and prescription opioids despite the dangers. “I crashed three vehicles in one week,” one fentanyl user told the Tribune’s John Keilman. “I went to jail. But I liked it. I loved it — the rush, the euphoria, everything that came along with it.” Because fentanyl is much more potent than heroin, it carries a higher risk of accidental death.

This is a national problem that has to be addressed one user at a time, at every level of government. Fortunately, it’s not being overlooked in Illinois. In recent days, a report put together by a group of state agencies mapped out a comprehensive strategy to eliminate one-third of opioid overdose deaths by 2020. And Gov. Bruce Rauner appointed a task force to look for ways to implement the strategy.

The action plan sets out ideas that it separates into three categories: prevention, treatment and recovery, and response. To prevent deaths, it recommends getting more doctors and pharmacies to use the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program, which can let them know when patients are trying to get multiple prescriptions. More education and training of providers about the hazards of overuse would save lives.

But while many police officers have access to naloxone, the report notes, not all carry it or know how to use it. Making it easier to get this lifesaving remedy into the hands of ordinary people and community organizations would provide another line of defense.

There is no silver bullet here. Prescription opioids are an essential, legitimate tool in physician treatment of severe pain, which means some will always remain available for illegal trafficking. Synthetic forms can be produced in illegal labs. Some people will always be prone to drug abuse.

But expanding education, treatment and overdose remedies would prevent many Illinoisans from becoming addicted — and keep others from dying from using opioids. More ambitious efforts will take time, attention and money. But then, the human damage and death caused by the opioid epidemic are exacting an even higher price.


Chicago Tribune, Editorial Board



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