Centerstone to Add Gambling Treatment Services
Centerstone, a national leader in behavioral health care, recently announced it was awarded a $119,517 grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (SUPR) to provide treatment and intervention services for those with a gambling disorder in and around Franklin, Jackson, Johnson, Perry, Saline, Union and Williamson counties.
“With the passing of recent legislation that expanded gambling services in Illinois, we anticipate a greater need for gambling treatment services in our area,” said John Markley, CEO of Centerstone. “In an area already stricken with poverty and lack of resources, gambling disorders may lead to other issues for individuals and the community, including job loss, loss of support systems, criminal behavior, and additional mental health concerns.”
SUPR identifies designated Gambling Treatment Providers by location. Prior to the grant announcement by SUPR, there were no providers in Centerstone’s service area in Southern Illinois.
“Prior to the grant announcement by SUPR, there were no providers in Centerstone’s service area in Southern Illinois,” said Andrea Quigley, Centerstone Clinical Director.
To help bridge the gap in available services, Centerstone will develop and implement targeted strategies for gambling disorder treatment to expand and enhance tele-health treatment, including working with community partners and referral sources.
“The use of tele-health will be beneficial for those who face treatment and support barriers, especially those living in extreme rural areas,” said Quigley.
Trained and certified staff will not only provide treatment to those with a gambling disorder, but also to their family members, encouraging them to participate in assessment and counseling/treatment sessions.
“Family support is a critical part of treatment, and staff will encourage family participation and assist in the education and strengthening of family relationships,” said Quigley.
Gambling Treatment Services at Centerstone is available now at two Centerstone locations: 2311 South Illinois Avenue in Carbondale and 1307 West Main in Marion. For more information, call 855-608-3560.
Centerstone is a not-for-profit health care organization dedicated to delivering care that changes people’s lives. We provide mental health and substance abuse treatment, education and support to communities in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee and additionally offer individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities life skills development, employment and housing services. Nationally, we have specialized programs for service members, veterans and their loved ones, and develop employee assistance programs for businesses of all sizes. Our research institute improves behavioral healthcare through research and technology, and our foundation secures philanthropic resources to support our work. For more information, visit www.centerstone.org.