Sinnissippi Leadership in Transition

(Dixon, IL)  Sinnissippi Centers will be going through a transition in leadership in the coming days and weeks. Current President/CEO Patrick Phelan will depart the agency on September 1st and current VP/Chief Operating Officer Stacie Kemp will serve as interim CEO during a search process to find a new President/Chief Executive more

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

(Dixon, IL)  May is Mental Health Month. During May, Sinnissippi Centers is committed to raising awareness about mental health and encouraging individuals to take care of their emotional wellbeing. Our theme, “You Matter, Mental Health Matters” focuses on valuing individuals and their mental health and increasing awareness about mental wellness. “Everyone has more

Mental Illness is Not a Predictor of Violence

There has been a lot of misinformation and fear spread over the past years when it comes to an alleged connection between mental illness and gun violence. A very distorted picture has emerged from the aftermath of tragic events like the one in Highland Park this past summer. Mental illness more

Ribbon Cutting at Sinnissippi Freeport Office

(Freeport, IL)  The Greater Freeport Partnership held a ribbon cutting at Sinnissippi Centers’ Freeport office on December 2, 2022. Among those in attendance were Sinnissippi Centers’ President/CEO Patrick Phelan, Sinnissippi Freeport Office Supervisor Tiffany Chander, other management and staff from Sinnissippi, the Greater Freeport Partnership’s Executive Director Mark Williams and Business more

988 Is Now Online and Sinnissippi Centers is Playing a Part

On July 16, 2022, the new 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline number came online, replacing the previous 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) number. 988 is an easier number to remember and to dial more quickly. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sees 988 as just the first step in several towards more

Workforce Issues in Behavioral Health

Workforce Issues in Behavioral HealthA common theme during the COVID-19 pandemic right up to the present day has been staffing shortages. We might first think of hospitality, food service, and retail positions being unfilled right now, but most industries are having the same challenges. Behavioral healthcare has not escaped this more

Governor’s Proposed Budget Good for Behavioral Health

A much needed and long overdue increase in funding and support for behavioral health has been proposed in Illinois Governor JB Pritzker’s proposed Fiscal Year 2023 Budget and in a bill in the legislature. The Governor revealed some of the details for increased funding of behavioral health in the state more

Sinnissippi Centers’ Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic

Sinnissippi Centers is in the beginning stages of a new project funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) FY 2021 Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Expansion Grant program. The project began in the fall of 2021. Project goals include increasing access to psychiatry more

Innovation Ahead in Behavioral Health

(Dixon, IL)  On July 7, 2021, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation to pilot an innovative and comprehensive model for behavioral health care providers. The legislation lays the groundwork to craft a new model for behavioral healthcare services in Illinois in the future. While Illinois is in the beginning stages of this more

COVID’s Impact on Behavioral Health

COVID-19 is arguably the biggest public health crisis we have faced in our lifetimes. But there’s more to this crisis than merely dealing with a novel virus for which we initially had no defenses. That is the parallel crisis in behavioral health and how it has impacted individuals in treatment more

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