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Lipinski Announces Grant for Community Nurse Health Center in La Grange

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) is announcing that the Community Nurse Health Center in La Grange has been awarded a grant through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The organization will receive $175,701 to support expanded access to mental health and substance abuse services, including the treatment, prevention, and awareness of opioid abuse.  Community Nurse currently provides medical, psychiatric, behavioral, and dental care - as well as health education and eligibility assistance - for over 5,000 low-income children and families in the western suburbs.

“There is no one more deserving of federal support than the Community Nurse Health Center in La Grange,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “During my recent visits to their facility I saw the great care that they provide people who often have nowhere else to turn for help.  This grant to support their care for people dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues will help them continue the great work they have been doing for almost a century.  Congress cannot solve the national opioid crisis on its own, but it can certainly help give various groups and organizations some assistance in confronting a difficult issue that is still not getting enough attention. I promise to continue to fight for more support for community health centers and for a growing problem that no neighborhood is immune to.”

“We are so pleased to be awarded supplemental funding to address local mental health and substance abuse needs,” said Community Nurse CEO Angela Curran.  “We are grateful for the investment of additional resources so we can better meet the need for coordinated and integrated care that addresses physical and mental health and the devastating effects of substance abuse on local residents.”     

It was announced earlier this month that Community Nurse will be merging with Pillars, effective January 1st, 2018.  Pillars is the largest nonprofit provider of mental health and social services in the western and southwestern suburbs.  They currently serve 10,000 people each year through 30 programs across mental health, addictions, domestic and sexual violence, and child and family services.  Several other mergers of this type have recently occurred in Illinois and across the country as organizations seek to better integrate primary and behavioral healthcare and sustain themselves financially.