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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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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



Art & Science Salon Check Presentation

July 28, 2017 Check Presentation


From left to right are:

Don Musil - Haymarket Center, Aesha Muhammad - Haymarket Center, Kelly Menighan with the Art & Science Salon, Jesse Taylor - Haymarket Center, Roger Romanelli with the Randolph Fulton Market Association & Doctor Lustig - Haymarket Center. 

A special thank you to Kelly Menighan, the Art & Science Salon team and Roger Romanelli with the Randolph Fulton Market Association for their considerable donation. This donation will continue the mission of Haymarket Center in aiding people with subtance use disorders in their recovery by providing comprehensive behavioral health solutions. 

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Haymarket Center collaborates with City's ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and improve health.


Investments in overdose antidote reversed approximately 1,500 overdoses last year, $700K investment will provide treatment for 1,000 residents of South and West Sides

CHICAGO—Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced progress and investments in the City’s ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and improve health. Building on the success of investments in opioid overdose reversal, the City is investing $700,000 in opioid addiction treatment for an additional 1,000 residents this year, through partnerships with south and west side community providers and the Cook County Jail.
“The opioid epidemic is destroying families across the United States and Chicago is no exception,” said Mayor Emanuel. “In Chicago we are combatting this epidemic head on, finding new ways to invest in communities, save lives and beat addiction.”
The city's recent $250,000 investment in naloxone, a life-saving medication that stops an opioid overdose, contributed to 1,544 lifesaving reversals in the past year, especially in North Lawndale and greater Englewood. In addition, Chicago Recovery Alliance, which received the funding, has distributed 4,541 naloxone kits using the City’s investment.
“We're investing in treatment that works, especially in medications that help residents regain independence and overcome addiction,” said CDPH Commissioner Julie Morita, MD. We must eradicate the stigma of seeking effective treatment so thousands of Chicago residents can live longer, healthier lives.”
Seven community organizations focused primarily on Chicago’s south and west sides will receive $700,000 through the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC) to expand evidence-based opioid addition treatment. Organizations include PCC Wellness, Access Community Health Network, the Women's Treatment Center, Sinai Health System, Esperanza Health Center, Haymarket Center and Lawndale Christian Health Center. In addition, the grant will fund Cook County Jail through the Cook County Health Foundation with Cermak Health Services. For instance, Access Health will serve residents of West Englewood, Back of the Yards and South Chicago, while PCC Wellness Center will serve South Austin and West Garfield Park. Cermak Health will work with residents in Cook County Jail and bond court to provide medication-assisted treatment within the jail system. Funding to additional organizations will expand their capacity to provide medical, clinical and community screening interventions and treatment.
“Our efforts are focused on reaching individuals struggling with substance use disorders in a way that reduces stigma and focuses on life-saving treatment” said Karen A. Reitan, Executive Director of the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC). “It’s about being on the ground supporting the organizations that know the impacted populations.”
The treatment funding will go toward treatment using evidence-based medications such as buprenorphine and methadone—as well as to support services that make treatment more effective, for example counseling, navigation of the health system, and transportation to get patients to appointments.
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), in addition to overseeing the treatment investment, is hosting trainings and has created a learning collaborative to help health centers learn best practices in providing effective opioid use disorder treatment.
This work follows recommendations made in October 2016 by the Chicago and Cook County Task Force on Heroin, which Mayor Emanuel took a lead role in convening. Under the Mayor’s leadership, the City has undertaken numerous efforts to fight opioid addiction. In 2014, the City sued five big drug companies for deceptive marketing of prescription opioids and for misleading experts and patients about the risks of OxyContin and other narcotics, helping to fuel the opioid epidemic. In 2016, Mayor Emanuel reached a major agreement with Pfizer to ensure strict standards in its marketing and promotion of opioids. In addition, the Chicago Police Department is conducting a pilot program that diverts low-level drug offenders to treatment in lieu of an arrest and criminal record. The City is also developing a community education effort privately funded at $350,000 by Pfizer, CVS and Walgreens.
Last week, the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the launch of a new Regulated Business License for Pharmaceutical Representatives to support the City’s efforts to stop deceptive marketing and curb addiction to opioids and other prescription drugs. Beginning July 1, any person who markets or promotes pharmaceuticals in Chicago is required to obtain a license, complete mandatory ethics training, receive continuing education and be subject to potential disclosure of their interactions with health care professionals, including gifts.





Haymarket Center Announces Executive Team Reorganization

July 18, 2017

Dr. Dan Lustig, President/CEO announced today during the company management meeting, the promotions of Mr. Jeff Collard to the position of Vice President of Operations; Ms. Kenyatta Cathey to the position of Vice President of Clinical Services and the hiring of Mr. James Baldwin to the position of Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Don Musil continues in the position of Executive Vice President and assumes additional responsibilities for Risk Management, Legal and Client Grievances. 

Please join us in congratulating the new members of the Executive Team!

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