Area Treatment Programs Team Up

The Ottawa Times

North Central Behavioral Health Systems and Chestnut Health Systems have reached an agreement to link their services together in order to provide better access.

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Consortium Receives Opioid Planning Grant

The Ottawa Times


A group of area health care organizations have been awarded a federal Rural Opioid Response Planning grant from the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration for La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties.

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Lessons at the Teen Showcase

The Newstribune

Students from around the area heard Drug Enforcement Agency Special Agent Gregory J. Czaczkowski and Eddie Slowikowski of “Eddie Speaks” give presentations at the annual Illinois Valley Community College Teen Showcase. 

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NCBHS Offers Counseling Services at Perry Memorial Hospital

Bureau County Republican

North Central Behavioral Health Systems has partnered with Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton to offer mental health and substance use counseling services on an outpatient basis within the hospital setting.

The new hospital-based counseling location is in addition to North Central’s current offices located at Perry Plaza on South Bureau Valley Parkway.

Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances Established

Smart Alert Illinois Department of Human Services

The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (IDHS/DASA) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances. The Helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for individuals experiencing opioid use disorders, families, and anyone affected by the disease. The Helpline is confidential and free. Helpline specialists are trained in evidence-based approaches to help connect callers with treatment services and recovery support services. To reach the Helpline, call 1-833-2FINDHELP.

North Central Behavioral Health opens offices at OSF Streator

Ottawa Times

North Central Behavioral Health opened new offices in October at the OSF HealthCare Center for Health-Streator.

The Long Winding Road to Recovery

The Newstribune

Our road to recovery from the events of Feb. 28 is shaping up to be a long and daunting one, but it is a road we are traversing and conquering together. The never-ending support our community has for each other is truly amazing, and we should all be proud to be a part of it.

More than 600 houses were affected by the tornado and related storms. Those properties are homes to our families, friends and neighbors. The physical loss can be readily seen, but the emotional damage is not quite so obvious.  

How “13 Reasons Why” Can Drive Discussion Around Mental Health

The Newstribune

A high school is reeling from the suicide of one of its students. Her locker is decorated with cards and flowers and students mourn by taking selfies in front of it. Teachers begin class by telling students where they can find counselors if they need to talk. But as the community tries to get their lives back to normal, one student receives a box – old-fashioned cassette tapes from the girl herself, detailing her life and why she killed herself.

Teen Showcase at IVCC reminds teens to think, love and dream big

The Newstribune

He looked like their dad but he talked their talk.

He is known as the teen whisperer but Jeff Yalden did anything but whisper.

The 46-year-old Marine from Myrtle Beach, S.C., shouted his message to more than 600 area students Thursday at the annual Teen Showcase at Illinois Valley Community College.

Underage Drinking on the Decline

Tonica News

TONICA/LOSTANT — The upcoming months are a busy time for high school students. The weather has improved; more outdoor activities are available; preparations for prom have begun; and graduation will be here shortly. It is a time full of parties and celebrations, but oftentimes those activities can provide the temptation of underage drinking. To increase public awareness of the potential dangers, April was designated “National Alcohol Awareness Month.”

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