NCBHS in the News

How Can Communities Give 'Trauma Informed' Care?

Jul 20 2018

An emerging health care approach factors in the lasting effects of trauma.

Bureau County Republican

Jan 4 2018

North Central Behavioral Health Systems has partnered with Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton to offer mental health and substance use counseling services on an outpatient basis within the hospital setting.

The new hospital-based counseling location is in addition to North Central’s current offices located at Perry Plaza on South Bureau Valley Parkway.

Smart Alert Illinois Department of Human Services

Dec 6 2017

The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (IDHS/DASA) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances. The Helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for individuals experiencing opioid use disorders, families, and anyone affected by the disease. The Helpline is confidential and free. Helpline specialists are trained in evidence-based approaches to help connect callers with treatment services and recovery support services. To reach the Helpline, call 1-833-2FINDHELP.

Ottawa Times

Nov 13 2017

North Central Behavioral Health opened new offices in October at the OSF HealthCare Center for Health-Streator.

The Newstribune

Jul 7 2017

Our road to recovery from the events of Feb. 28 is shaping up to be a long and daunting one, but it is a road we are traversing and conquering together. The never-ending support our community has for each other is truly amazing, and we should all be proud to be a part of it.

More than 600 houses were affected by the tornado and related storms. Those properties are homes to our families, friends and neighbors. The physical loss can be readily seen, but the emotional damage is not quite so obvious.  


Sep 17 2015

Ben Hohenstatt
NewsTribune Reporter

Many 12-step programs say admitting there is a problem is the first step toward recovery. 

Peru is pushing for the Illinois Valley to take that step in regard to the area’s heroin problem.  

“Someone needs to take the lead on it so, I thought we would,” said Peru police chief Douglas Bernabei during Peru finance and safety services committee meeting. “We’re going to call a public forum not to solve the heroin problem but to admit there is one in the whole region.”

A date for the forum has not yet been set.

Bernabei said the problem is noticeable locally and extends to the entire state of Illinois, and throughout the country.

“It’s probably the worst drug problem in the history of America, right now,” Bernabei said. “There’s a tremendous number of heroin overdoses and deaths locally.” 

The forum will be collaborative. Bernabei said there are plans to bring in La Salle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne, as well as representatives from social services, North Central Behavioral Health Systems, law enforcement, community leaders and schools for a “round table discussion.”

Bernabei compared it to the community meeting, which was held more than a decade ago at Hall High School, but said the current epidemic is much worse. 

“It’s worse around this time, because back then it (heroin) was 10 percent pure,” Bernabei said. “Now, it’s 40, 50 or 60 percent.” 

In addition to the increased purity, Bernabei said today’s heroin is often cut with harmful chemicals. 

The forum will examine the possibility that something may be missing from the region that would help combat the heroin problem. 

“I think there’s a lot of people curious, because they’re looking for where you can go for help,” said Alderman David Potthoff, fourth ward. “Everybody’s been affected.” 

Anyone wishing participate in the forum as a victim or member of a victim’s family can email or call (815) 223-2151 Ext. 6.

Ben Hohenstatt can be reached at (815) 220-6932 or Follow him on Twitter @NT_Peru.

The Times

Apr 28 2015

The La Salle County Juvenile Justice Council will host its annual Juvenile Justice Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at Mendota Civic Center, 1901 Tom Merwin Drive.

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