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Renz Addiction Counseling Center expands services for minority women

Published: Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 5:20 p.m. CDT

ELGIN – The Renz Addiction Counseling Center, a Elgin-based nonprofit organization, has expanded substance abuse treatment services for minority women.

With funding providing by a federal grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, minority women ages 18 and older 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, states a news release.  

“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 in the release. “The SUPPORT program will fill this need.”

The program is a collaboration between local agencies, including the Renz Center, Breaking Free Inc., Community Crisis Center, Mutual Ground and VNA Health Care.

SUPPORT program services are free to eligible minority women and are offered in both English and Spanish. Services can be accessed at two locations – the Renz Center in Elgin by calling 847-742-3545 and Breaking Free in Aurora at 630-897-1003.

The Renz Center provides a continuum of care dedicated to the prevention, intervention and treatment of addictive behaviors related to alcohol, drugs and gambling, states the release. 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 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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