BLOOMINGTON — Chestnut Health Systems has received a grant to treat addiction as a chronic health concern rather than as an acute condition that can be cured quickly.
Bloomington-based Chestnut has $284,100 from the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery to help people with substance use disorders in McLean County, and in Madison and St. Clair counties in southern Illinois.
Chestnut plans to use the money to bring together agencies and individuals to fill gaps in community support needed by people working toward recovery.
The money will support Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) Councils in the three counties. Chestnut will oversee their creation, inviting providers of substance-use disorder treatment and mental health services as well as social service agencies and local government.
The funding also will help to provide training and guidance for local agencies to implement people-centered treatment approaches.
"Recovery happens within the community," Joan Hartman, Chestnut vice president for behavioral health, said in a statement. "The work of the local ROSC Councils will be to review services, supports and other resources available and, as community leaders, to address the gaps."
In McLean County, the council will draw from several committees focusing on drug- and alcohol-related issues.
The goal in all three counties will be coordinated networks of community-based services and support to help people to achieve abstinence. The broader goal of the networks will be to improve the health, wellness and quality of life for people with, or at risk of, developing alcohol and drug problems.
Over the past several years, the focus has changed from treating substance use disorder as an acute condition to a chronic condition to improve long-term recovery.
Eight ROSC Councils will be created statewide.