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A new program aims to offer therapy through gaming.

Centerstone is offering a therapy group based on the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. Outpatient counselor Dani LaPlant is running the group, which is the first of its kind in Southern Illinois. They said D&D can help people develop social skills and build self-awareness.

“It gives people perspective into themselves, into their views,” LaPlant said. “It’s not so defensive because it’s their character, not them. And they start to see things change and see these consequences.”

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Anyone worried about their substance use can reach out to Centerstone for an assessment

Stressful times can make substance used disorders worse, said Mandy Hazel, a clinician at the Fellowship House campus. She said there some signs that indicate someone might be struggling with substance use and may need to reach out.

“Legal problems that are happening, relationship problems that are happening, problems with work, not going to work, potentially, not being able to do a job like they once could,” Hazel offered as examples.

Centerstone Offers Virtual Youth Cafe

May 26, 2020
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Centerstone will be offering a virtual youth café for 7th and 8th graders this summer.

The program will offer an opportunity for teens to navigate their feelings in a stressful and changing world. It will meet once a week, on Wednesdays from 2pm to 3pm. Participants will receive support from a licensed counselor as well as their peers. Topics will include things like anxiety, the effects of stress on the body, and coping skills.

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Centerstone was awarded a $360,000 grant from the State of Illinois and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration.

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Centerstone will be offering a series of video conferences to support parents in April. The conferences are part of the Parent Peers Empowering Parents program and will help families get support while continuing social distancing.

Centerstone Offers Screening For Gambling Disorders

Mar 9, 2020

Centerstone will be holding a screening day for gambling disorders on Tuesday, March 10th from 8 am to 2 pm.

The screening will take approximately 5 minutes to complete, and food and drinks will be available for all those who complete the screening.

A southern Illinois social service agency is getting more than two million dollars to better support children's mental health needs in the region.

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Centerstone provide treatment for mental health and addictions.

They recently added treatment for gambling addiction at their Marion and Carbondale locations.


In a move designed to increase access for substance use disorder services across southern Illinois, Centerstone and Fellowship House of Anna are aligning their services, starting on January 6.

The two organizations made the announcement Thursday. 

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Monday night at Heartland Regional Medical Center, Centerstone will present their next spotlight series highlighting key health topics in the community.


Centerstone's Early Head Start program is receiving a federal grant.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services grant of nearly $754,000 for Centerstone of Illinois, Incorporated in West Frankfort will cover Williamson and Franklin Counties.

Centerstone Unveils New Marion Facility

Aug 9, 2019
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Centerstone unveiled their new medication assisted treatment facility in Marion today. Congressmen Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) and John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) and State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) were on hand to tour the center.

The MAT facility will be the first of its kind in southern Illinois. It will offer access to three FDA-approved medications used for treating opioid addiction, as well as counseling, case management, peer support, and medical services.


Over 160 people turned out Thursday in Marion for a discussion of how communities can play a role in helping solve the opioid and substance abuse crisis.

Centerstone's vice president of addiction services Scott Hesseltine was the keynote speaker. He says treatment is just one component of the process.

According to mental health professionals, to effectively treat children with mental issues, because of a bad home–life  requires getting different health providers on the same page.


Centerstone is opening a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) facility in Marion.

Mona Miller, the M-A-T Grant Coordinator says the facility is designed for those with an opioid abuse disorder.

Centerstone is about to unveil a new program for children.

The therapy will target 2-5 year olds with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It's called Centerstone Autism Services: Think, Learn, Explore - or CASTLE.

Caregivers Should Also Be Aware Of Their Health.

Mar 18, 2019

On Thursday March 21st, 2019, the non-profit Centerstone will offer a presentation for caregivers titled "Caring For The Caregiver: Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma.".

Centerstone is teaming up with nine community partners to try to improve the mental health of children and communities in southern Illinois.

A 200-thousand dollar planning grant from the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation will help develop a plan for at-risk kids in Jackson, Williamson, Franklin and Perry Counties.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Centerstone's Niki Grajewski about increased awareness of suicide, and how people can help those in trouble.

Social service agencies have been among the hardest hit by the ongoing Illinois budget impasse.

There is some optimism in Springfield that a budget compromise may be on the horizon to end the nearly 20-month stalemate.

Human service agencies in Illinois - like Centerstone - have been providing services as best they can during the ongoing budget stalemate.

But, as we approach the start of a second fiscal year without a state budget, Centerstone has announced it will have to eliminate some vital services.

A little is good, but some social service providers say they need state funding - and the certainty - that comes with a full budget for this fiscal year.

Due to the ongoing budget standoff, a non-profit organization that provides mental health and substance abuse services in southern Illinois says it's being forced to make some cuts.

A federal grant will allow a social service agency in southern Illinois to offer a new program to improve someone's overall health.

Centerstone is receiving a $1.6 million grant over the next four years to implement an integrated health program designed to help a patient's mental and physical health.

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Governor Bruce Rauner spent most of Wednesday in southern Illinois, with stops at Rend Lake College, Mt. Vernon, Marion and Murphysboro.

During his stop in Marion, the governor met with a small group of community and business leaders, as well as municipal officer holders to talk about his agenda to turn Illinois around.

Non-profit groups say the ongoing fight over the state budget could lead to tragic consequences for thousands of Illinoisans.

The agencies have state contracts for everything from taking care of people with disabilities to placing children in foster care. But the partisan fight over state spending means they're not being paid.

Al Riddley, on the board of the Illinois Partners for Human Service, says the groups are being led on a "death march."

Human service providers from throughout Illinois spoke to the media Tuesday in Springfield about the impact of the state budget stalemate.

A new survey shows more than one-third of Illinois human service agencies are helping fewer clients and tapping into cash reserves to weather the state's budget impasse.

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Thousands of people get their mental health and substance abuse counseling through Centerstone in southern Illinois. But because state lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner are still at odds over a budget, some of those people may soon be left without the care they need.