Area treatment programs team up

North Central Behavioral Health Systems and Chestnut Health Systems reach agreement

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

The agreement links North Central's outpatient addiction programs to Chestnut's detoxification and adolescent and adult resident treatment programs together so patients can be referred from one to the other in order to cut out the middle man.

“This new partnership with Chestnut will allow our clients and service area much needed access to detoxification and inpatient adolescent and adult residential treatment services not available locally and provide a better continuum of services for our clients receiving outpatient services who may need inpatient admission or linkage back to our treatment and recovery services in the community,” said Don Miskowiec, North Central’s Chief Executive Officer, in a news release.

The two organizations' staffs will be trained to help area healthcare and social service professionals in referring people for substance use services.

“We understand the importance of collaboration in serving people and communities,” said Dave Sharar, Chestnut Health Systems CEO, in a press statement. “For people seeking recovery or in recovery, access to a continuum of services is critical. Chestnut is proud to partner in this way and to help round out the services available to people living with addiction in Central and North Central Illinois.”