On September 15, 2021, Macoupin County Public Health Department (MCPHD) opened St. Francis Way Clinic, a new behavioral health and substance use treatment center located at 805 St. Francis Way in Litchfield, IL, to address the ongoing needs of patients and families in the community.
The 2,600 square-foot center is conveniently located on the campus of HSHS St. Francis Hospital, across from the emergency department. Behavioral care providers on staff will oversee programs and services at this location, which include medication assisted treatments (MAT), individual and group therapy, case management support and more. It is open to individuals ages 18 and older.
“This clinic addresses the needs of our area for enhanced behavioral health services. St. Francis Way Clinic is designed to help patients break down barriers that are keeping them from engaging in treatment and recovery services,” Chief Executive Officer of Macoupin County Public Health Department Kent Tarro noted. “The treatment team will work to build individualized care plans for each patient with the end goal being recovery.”
On-site treatment is available for:
- Substance use disorders
- Depression and anxiety
- Bi-polar disorder
The physical layout of the facility allows for group support therapy on one side and medical and clinical treatment programs to be administered on the other side of the building.
In September of 2020, MCPHD received a three-year grant of $1,000,000 from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to develop a Recovery-Oriented System of Care (ROSC) in Macoupin and Montgomery counties. The initiative aims to increase service access points for patients and improve coordination with providers, emergency departments, first responders and community partners.
“We are proud of the programs we have already put in place, such as Safe Passage with Litchfield and Gillespie Police Departments, and the addition of St. Francis Way Clinic provides an opportunity to meet every patient where they are on their path of recovery.” Safe Passage allows individuals using drugs and/or alcohol to present themselves to a police department and let them know that they are ready to lead a healthier lifestyle. Police personnel then connects the person with a Safe Passage coordinator for acceptance into an individual recovery program.
“Adding the availability of more behavioral and substance use care programs so close to our facility it benefits patients who may otherwise present at an emergency department that may not have a full spectrum of mental health resources available,” said Jim Timpe, president and chief executive officer of HSHS St. Francis Hospital. “It is a collective effort of many to address the very urgent mental health crisis in our region and we are proud to support the growth of programs through ongoing coordination with the Macoupin County Health Department and other community partners.”
If you or someone you know mental health support, contact St. Francis Way Clinic at 217-250-2380 to make an appointment. The clinic is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.