Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Gateway Foundation Takes The Stage  to Spread Awareness


Gateway Foundation Takes The Stage
 to Spread Awareness

As society navigates its new normal, Gateway Foundation continues to highlight the importance of treating those with substance use disorder. Images depicting the life-altering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic inundate our news feeds and vie for our attention in every facet of media. What’s missing from the headlines is the reality that addiction relapses and overdose deaths are surging amid this global health emergency and that there are new incidences of people suffering from addiction and mental health needs.

Gateway Foundation is the industry expert in Addiction Medicine and is a national advocate for the people it serves. To proactively engage community members in a discussion on the impact the pandemic is having on individuals struggling with addiction the leadership has been pro-active on several fronts. In the last several weeks members of our executive management team have taken to the stage with elected officials, national and local organizations, and members of the media to bring attention to this critical topic – that while COVID-19 is taking lives, we must continue to save the lives of people suffering from substance use disorder.


Gateway in the News
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May 28, 2020
Dr. Tom Britton, President & CEO, and Jim Scarpace, our Executive Director for Aurora & Joliet will join Illinois State Representative Stephanie Kifowit for a Facebook Live Session to address her constituents and ensure they know that there are options to access life-saving treatment during these challenging times



We encourage you to participate in the Facebook Live via Zoom. You can join here


Explore Past Coverage


May 21, 2020
The local chapter of the National Association of Addiction Professionals will host a webinar for its local membership that will include Dr. Teresa Garate, VP Strategic Partnership & Engagement providing guidance on the importance of on-going, open and transparent communication during this pandemic.


May 18, 2020
We co-hosted a press conference with 8th Dist. Illinois State Rep. La Shawn Ford and Illinois Dept. of Human Services Secretary Grace Hou at Gateway’s Chicago Independence center located on the city’s West Side. The group collectively, discussed the overshadowing of addiction relapse rates and overdose deaths in Illinois due to COVID-19 and the importance of maintaining funding for these critical services in the short and long-term.



May 14, 2020
Dr. Teresa Garate, VP Strategic Partnerships & Engagement, was interviewed for “La Red Hispana,” a national Spanish radio show discussing similar topics and sending a message to that hard-hit community.




May 8, 2020
President & CEO Dr. Tom Britton, was interviewed by WGN on the changing drinking patterns and increased incidence
of anxiety and depression as a result of COVID-19.   



May 8, 2020
President & CEO Dr. Tom Britton, was a featured panelist for the National Association of Addiction Professionals during a virtual town hall discussing the impact of COVID-19 on people with substance use disorders. Leaders from across the country joined the webinar to listen and learn.



Community Spotlight

With the Illinois General Assembly reconvening this week, it is important for the administration and elected officials to be in support of protecting and increasing the state’s addiction treatment funding. Unfortunately, social distancing and shelter in place measures create the opportunity for those who are in recovery to relapse. We are conducting aggressive outreach to let everyone know that for people overwhelmed by pandemic-induced anxiety or depression, job security concerns, and limited access to in-person treatment there is a solution that includes treatment with us. This is why we are most proud of the IL Department of Human Services’,  Secretary Hou’s Community Spotlight of Gateway in this week’s issue of her newsletter. We are grateful and proud of the partnership we have with Illinois state government and all our government partners across the nine states that we provide services in.



Join us in advocating for continued support and attention to the public health epidemic, which is substance use disorder.


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