Board Message

To the Friends of The Council:

During Fiscal Year 2019, we were able to provide substance use disorder treatment and supportive services to 1,530 residents of the Chicago south suburbs and surrounding communities. The Council also acquired a license to operate
as a Community Mental Health Center. The Council maintained its status as a licensed and Medicaid certified provider of the Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (SUPR) in the Illinois Department of Human Services. The Council continues its accreditation from The Joint Commission. Meeting professional and regulatory standards reaffirms that The Council delivers quality and effective programs and services.

The pages that follow convey our continuing tradition of being a leader in meeting the substance use disorders treatment needs of residents of our communities and also addressing the increasing need for co-occurring disorder services among those patients who are diagnosed with mental health and substance use disorders. The documented statistics, financial data, and narrative summaries depict an agency providing essential services to those needing our help. Our continued fiscal health and effective clinical programming has enabled us to be positioned as a stable and strong organization in an evolving and changing healthcare environment. We are committed to being there for those who need our specialized healthcare services, particularly those who are financially disadvantaged.

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Since the passage of Affordable Care Act, many of the uninsured patients were able to enroll into Medicaid. Medicaid contracts were awarded to Managed Care Organizations. These transformations are creating new challenges and opportunities for providers of behavioral healthcare services. The Council continues to strive to remain a valued provider of substance use disorders treatment services, crisis stabilization services and co-occurring disorder services, as this evolution progresses and will stay connected and integrated within the broader healthcare system.

The Council owes its continuing success to our dedicated Board of Directors, professional staff, and friends. Your support, encouragement and prayers have kept us as a progressive and effective treatment provider. Please take a few minutes to read our 2019 Annual Report and take pride in all we have collectively accomplished on behalf of those suffering from substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

Thank you for your support of our mission and belief in our work.

John Fairman,
Chairperson, Board of Directors
The South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse

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