Local access to a regional health resource is a reality for the Streator community thanks to the efforts of OSF HealthCare and North Central Behavioral Health Systems. North Central Behavioral Health opened new offices on Monday, October 2, at the OSF HealthCare Center for Health – Streator.
“As part of our commitment to the people of Streator and providing a transformed vision for health care in a rural setting, we have identified the need to strengthen our community partnerships,” said Ken Beutke, president for OSF HealthCare Center for Health – Streator.
Recognizing that OSF HealthCare could not create a culture for better health in Streator on its own, the organization began looking for ways to partner with other agencies to ensure access to services closer to home.
“We are very excited to locate our offices at the OSF Center for Health – Streator and to partner with OSF Healthcare in this innovative model of improving the health status of Streator area residents,” stated Don Miskowiec, President of North Central Behavioral Health. “Behavioral health services are a critical part of the healthcare system, and through OSF’s new approach in co-locating a variety of healthcare and social service organizations in one location, we know that our communities will benefit immensely.”
North Central will add staff as the demand for services continues to grow. Services provided include mental health and substance use counseling, a variety of home and community-based intensive support, case management services, as well as linkage to other specialty mental health and substance abuse services within the North Central system. Services can be scheduled by calling (815) 224-1610.
“We’re pleased to partner with North Central Behavioral Health Systems and are hoping to bring other organizations on board in the future,” said Beutke. “The people of Streator truly stand to benefit from these efforts.”
About North Central Behavioral Health: North Behavioral Health is a nonprofit corporation providing a wide variety of community education, prevention, mental health, and substance treatment services through ten service location facilities in Central and North Central Illinois as well as intensive home and community-based and related services. The organization serves over five thousand patients per year from more than one hundred communities in La Salle, Bureau, Putnam, Marshall, Stark, Fulton and McDonough Counties.