Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $4.5 Million In Opioid, Behavioral Health Services For Chicago Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded community health centers in Chicago, Illinois, a total of $4,503,836 through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) Program.  Community health centers are community-based organizations that improve access to affordable, high-quality health care in underserved urban and rural communities by integrating primary health care with pharmacy, mental health, substance abuse, and oral health services.

“Community health centers serve a vital function across our state, providing affordable, comprehensive health care to more than one million Illinoisans every year,” said Durbin. “Federal investments in our health centers give them certainty to plan for the future and enable patients to access the care they need.  Senator Duckworth and I will continue fighting for this important funding.”

“Every Illinoisan, no matter their zip code, deserves the same access to quality health services,” Duckworth said. “This funding is critical for community health centers across Illinois and will help provide necessary, affordable care to thousands of families while also helping to stem the opioid crisis. Senator Durbin and I will keep supporting these important community health centers throughout our state.”

Under this announcement, the following Chicago and Chicago-area organizations will receive funding to combat the opioid crisis:

  • Access Community Health Center: $167,000
  • Alivio Medical Center, Inc.: $162,000
  • Asian Human Services Family Health Center: $167,000
  • Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness, Inc. (Olympia Fields): $167,000
  • Beloved Community Family Wellness Center: $167,000
  • Christian Community Health Center: $167,000
  • Community Health Partnership of Illinois: $167,000
  • Crusaders Central Clinical Association: $167,000
  • Erie Family Health Center, Inc.: $167,000
  • Esperanza Health Centers: $167,000
  • Family Christian Health Center (Harvey): $166,838
  • Friend Family Health Center, Inc.: $167,000
  • Greater Eglin Family Care Center (Elgin).: $167,000
  • Hamdard Center For Health and Human Services NFP (Addison).:$167,000
  • Heartland Health Outreach, Inc.:$167,000
  • Heartland International Health Centers: $167,000
  • Howard Brown Health Center: $167,000
  • Lake County (Waukegan): $167,000
  • Lawndale Christian Health Center: $167,000
  • Near North Health Service Corporation: $167,000
  • PCC Community Wellness Center (Oak Park): $167,000
  • Pillars Community Health (La Grange): $167,000
  • Primecare Community Health, Inc.: $167,000
  • TCA Health, Inc. NFP: $167,000
  • VNA Health Care (Aurora): $167,000
  • University of Illinois-Chicago: $167,000
  • Will County Community Health Center (Joliet): $166,998

Illinois community health centers currently provide primary health care services to approximately 1.4 million Illinois residents – including one out of every four Medicaid patients – at 48 health centers with 350 treatment sites in medically underserved areas. Illinois community health centers employ over 7,600 individuals, equaling a payroll of more than $508 million.  They also inject approximately $800 million in operating expenditures into their communities, resulting in an overall economic impact of $1.48 billion and overall employment of 11,700.