Rosecrance aims to open new treatment center in December

Rosecrance aims to open new treatment center in December

CHAMPAIGN — A new residential and outpatient substance-abuse treatment center with a detox unit will open in late December in northwest Champaign.

Rosecrance, the Rockford-based mental-health and substance-abuse treatment system, bought the former PASS Program building at 2302 Moreland Blvd. and plans to open its new central Illinois recovery center there in December, Rosecrance President and CEO Phil Eaton told The News-Gazette on Thursday.

Rosecrance has been offering services in this area since acquiring two Champaign-Urbana mental health and substance-abuse treatment agencies, starting with the former Community Elements in 2016 and the former Prairie Center at the start of this year.

Rosecrance's current residential treatment facility at 122 W. Hill St., C, will be closing when the new building is ready to open, Eaton said. That building was sold to Green Street Realty, which plans to redevelop it into apartments.

The new 36,000-square-foot center will employ about 100 people and will serve adults 18 and older who are struggling with alcohol or drug addictions.

It will also offer a much-expanded program compared to what's currently available on Hill Street, Eaton said. The Hill Street facility has 24 beds, which are full most of the time, he said.

The new center will provide outpatient counseling plus 32 residential beds for shorter-term treatment generally lasting about a month, and a 12-bed sober-living unit for those who need a longer stay.

The sober-living area will be divided up into apartments, and residents in this phase of recovery will be expected to go to school or to work, do their own cooking and undertake some volunteer service in the community while they're continuing supportive services through Rosecrance, according to Chris Gleason, executive director of Rosecrance Central Illinois. They'll also learn life skills, such as budgeting, cooking and taking care of their homes, to help prepare them for independent living, he said.

To be furnished in soothing earth colors, the center will also include a chapel with stained-glass windows, a fitness center, dining area, meeting spaces and a community center that can be used by other organizations for free, Gleason said. The building comes with a large lawn area that will offer opportunities for outdoor fitness and recreation, he said.

The location — in the heart of a retail and restaurant area — is a good one, Eaton said. It has plentiful parking, it's well-lighted, and the surrounding businesses offer job opportunities for clients, he said.

The need for this center has been communicated in both meetings Rosecrance has had with medical providers, police and others in the community, Eaton said. It has also stood out in overdose death statistics.

Last year, 58 people died of drug overdoses in Champaign, Ford, Vermilion, Edgar, Douglas, Piatt and DeWitt counties, according to Rosecrance. This same region has experienced a 35 percent increase in drug overdose deaths over the past five years, the agency found.

"The isolating experience of addiction doesn't discriminate, and the families in central Illinois have been intensively affected," Eaton said. "Our community partners have communicated an urgent need for quality treatment services in the area, and we have been very intentional and steadfast with our efforts to meet those needs."

It's important to offer treatment for substance abuse close to home, Eaton and Gleason said. Family involvement is a key part of maintaining a successful recovery, and an important component of treatment is also educating family members about what to expect and how they can best offer support, they said.

"If you don't do family treatment, the clients don't do well," Gleason said.

Rosecrance plans to make the new center a hub where clients and families can continue to receive support after treatment, Eaton said. He and Gleason also hope to see the center become a resource for local college students struggling with recovery, they said.

For Rosecrance, the new building will also serve as its central Illinois headquarters and with regional administrative offices. The current building housing administrative offices at 1801 Fox Drive, C, is for sale.

Remodeling at the new site will begin in about two weeks, Gleason said. The goal is to have this new center open before Christmas, he and Eaton said.

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