Thursday, March 21, 2019

UnityPoint Health®, Human Service Center and Tazwood Center for Wellness Form New Organization to Transform Behavioral Health Care for Thousands in Central Illinois

UnityPoint Health®, Human Service Center and Tazwood Center for Wellness are excited to announce the formation of UnityPlace, a new non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the growing behavioral health care needs of the community.

“Our intent is to capitalize on the strengths of Human Service Center, Tazwood Center for Wellness and UnityPoint Health to transform how behavioral health services are delivered. By pooling our resources, we will be able to make an immediate impact on the service delivery system, addressing issues that have negatively impacted our community for decades. During the first six months of operation, UnityPlace will work diligently to improve access through provider recruitment, the use of technology, centralized scheduling and other tools available to us. There is an urgency to behavioral health care and people need to be seen quickly. We are going to make that happen,” says Debbie Simon, UnityPoint Health Regional CEO and Interim President of UnityPlace.
The long-term vision of UnityPlace is to create a comprehensive community and hospital-based system of behavioral health, integrate inpatient and outpatient services, and utilize active population-focused health management strategies. The integration of primary care and behavioral health services will also be a focus to improve the overall health of those served.
“People in this community deserve to be cared for in a way that sets a new standard in behavioral health. Our organizations are making a strong commitment to elevate the field of behavioral health care. By pooling our resources, we believe we will be able to provide a more effective and sustainable system of care for all who need it,” said Mike Kennedy, President of Human Service Center.

The new organization will work to enhance and improve community access to a fully-coordinated regional network of behavioral health care providers, specialists and substance abuse and rehabilitation services. UnityPlace also hopes to attract and retain talented and professional providers of these services, expand services, and improve patient outcomes.
“Another goal of UnityPlace is to be more proactive in addressing mental illness needs and the addiction crises of our region. We are committed to collaborating with health care, social service, education, religious, and criminal justice institutions to better serve the people of our communities,” said Dave Mingus, CEO of Tazwood Center for Wellness.
UnityPoint Health, Human Service Center, and Tazwood Center for Wellness have an extensive history of working together to provide the people they serve with the best behavioral health
services possible. Each organization shares a common vision to advance the field of behavioral health and a strong commitment to the people and communities they serve.
Plans for realizing the shared vision will be made in the coming months.
For more information, visit unitypoint.org.

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