Rep. Severin Fights for $500,000 Grant for Opioid Disorders Pilot Program

Rep. Severin Fights for $500,000 Grant for Opioid Disorders Pilot Program

MARION — State Representative Dave Severin of Benton announced Monday that Centerstone of Illinois has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery.

The grant money will be used to create a ‘hub & spoke’ model Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Pilot Program for Williamson, Franklin, Johnson, Saline, Jackson and Union counties in southern Illinois.

Severin, a member of the Appropriations-Human Services Committee in the House, says he is glad to see that his efforts to help fight for this grant for our area was successful. Severin added that Centerstone will be the hub in Williamson County and then the spokes of this treatment program will be the other counties in our under-served part of the state to help people with opioid use disorders.

The grant will create a team that can support physicians and other prescribers through technical assistance and training, and on-site counseling and other supports as needed. The new location in Williamson County will serve 100 clients during the first grant year and will open before the end of 2018.