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Renz Center announces new services for minority women

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Deb Howe

Elgin, IL -- Renz Addiction Counseling Center has expanded substance abuse treatment services for minority women. With funding providing by a federal grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), minority women, age 18 and over, will have access to trauma informed services that will provide free substance abuse treatment, mental health counseling, psychiatric services, case management, a Recovery Coach, HIV testing and counseling, parenting support and education, free childcare, access to transportation assistance and other supportive services to decrease barriers to treatment and increase their ability to begin recovery.

"The impact of trauma on women and the lack of access to integrated substance abuse treatment, mental health and primary health care, HIV prevention and other support services can create a barrier to requesting or receiving help," said Director of Clinical Services and SUPPORT Project Director Colleen Koncilja. "The SUPPORT program will fill this need."

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The program is a collaboration between local agencies including; Renz Center, Breaking Free, Inc., Community Crisis Center, Mutual Ground, and VNA Health Care. The SUPPORT program utilizes evidenced-based practices to provide effective, compassionate services through a teamwork approach. Program services are free to eligible minority women and are offered in both English and Spanish. Services can be accessed to at two locations: Renz Center in Elgin by calling 847-742-3545 and Breaking Free in Aurora at 630-897-1003.

Renz Center provides a continuum of care dedicated to the prevention, intervention and treatment of addictive behaviors related to alcohol, drugs, and gambling. Services range from prevention programs for youth in the schools to outpatient treatment programs for adolescents and adults. Offices are located in Elgin, St. Charles, and Streamwood.

Renz Addiction Counseling Center is a non-profit organization funded in part by the Federal Government, Central Kane County United Way, The Illinois Department of Human Services, Hanover Township, Geneva, and St. Charles 708 boards and other local community organizations. To find out more about Renz Center's programs, call 847-742-3545 or visit www.renzcenter.org.

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