Organizations predict benefits from care campus

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DECATUR, Ill. (WAND)- Two organization to be part of a new Community Care Campus say the project will have a significant impact on their clients.

Crossing Healthcare, which already operates in part of the future campus, will own and operate a substance abuse program to include eight detox beds, 48 rehabilitation beds and an outpatient treatment center, according to an announcement made Wednesday.

“There’s really no downside to this for our community,” said Crossing CEO Tanya Andricks. “To have enough beds available, or more beds available in the community will allow more people from our community to actively seek treatment.”

According to preliminary state data, 2,111 people died of opioid overdoses in Illinois in 2017, including 28 in Champaign County, ten in Macon County and 38 in Sangamon County.

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation has committed $30 million to build the 17-acre campus; Andricks said substance abuse treatment will be funded in the same way other healthcare is.

“Just like healthcare is delivered now at Crossing … we bill (patients’) insurance or their Medicaid card, and if they’re uninsured, we work with them. If they can’t pay, that’s why we have federal grants,” Andricks said. “The same will hold true for the substance abuse treatment program.”

The campus will also include a new home for the family support program Baby TALK, replacing the organization’s current locations.

“This will enable us to be under one roof,” said interim Executive Director Cindy Bardeleben. “We’ll be able to centralize our programming, streamline our services, and decrease our overhead, so it helps our budget.”

Bardeleben said the new location will also help clients who also receive services through Crossing.

Project construction is expected to take 18-24 months.

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