For Immediate Release
May 5, 2023
Contact: John Normoyle
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today visited Haymarket Center to discuss the $775,000 in federal funding he secured through Congressionally-directed spending in the Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus appropriations bill. This new funding will be used to reduce recidivism among adults in Chicago who have completed inpatient treatment for substance use disorder and remain at high risk of re-engagement with the criminal justice system.
“America is facing the worst moment in our history for drug overdoses,” said Durbin. “More than 3,000 of our friends and neighbors across Illinois died of an opioid overdose in 2021. Thankfully, we have some of the best healers around at Haymarket Center. By focusing on the leading causes of recidivism, we can help those who have completed inpatient treatment to successfully reintegrate into their communities and lead productive lives. This is an important step towards creating a safer and more prosperous future for all Chicagoans.”
“Healthy communities need a strong, community-based organization’s response that addresses behavioral health and violence simultaneously,” said Dr. Dan Lustig, President and CEO of Haymarket Center.
Founded by Monsignor Ignatius McDermott (“Father Mac”) in 1975, Haymarket Center is the largest non-profit, community-based adult substance abuse treatment facility in Chicago, seeing 14,000 patients annually. The primary patient population includes people who are homeless and ex-offenders, who receive the full continuum of detox, residential, and outpatient care across 30 specialized programs for each patient’s need.
Durbin passed a provision in the 2018 SUPPORT Act that partially lifted a Medicaid limitation, known as the IMD Exclusion, that had restricted coverage for residential services in facilities with more than 16 beds.