Board Message

To the Friends of The Council:

During Fiscal Year 2020, COVID-19 pandemic impacted The Council’s ability to provide full array of services for a period of 6-weeks during March and April. Despite the difficulty faced during this pandemic, The Council was able to provide substance use disorder treatment and supportive services to 1,531 residents of the Chicago south suburbs and surrounding communities. During March thru June, The Council was able to host many homeless patients or patients lacking a safe place to stay, regardless of the funding available for those patients. Our front-line workers, who are our heroes, served the patients with the same compassion as they have shown during a fifty plus years of existence of The Council, even during these difficult times.

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 and Department of Mental Health.  The Council was successfully able to renew its accreditation from The Joint Commission.  The Council was able to become a licensed Gambling Addiction provider. The Council was also able to successfully submit a licensing application for opening a Recovery Home in its current location. The Council initiated a new Youth Educational program campaign in October 2020 and was able to provide over 45 hours of educational programs to 162 youths and families in 8 schools in South Suburbs of Cook County. The campaign was cut short by COVID-19 pandemic, but The Council is committed to expanding the Youth education regarding addiction and mental health disorders.

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This report conveys 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.

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 Annual Report 2020 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.

Myron Graham,

Chairperson, Board of Directors

The South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse

Prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

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