Mike Kennedy is President and Chief Executive Officer for HSC. Kennedy joined the HSC in 1976. He oversees the clinical and administrative programs for mental health and substance abuse programs of HSC. Since being promoted to president in 2014, Kennedy’s interest has been in the development of clinical and administrative skills of the direct service and supervisor staff. Kennedy has a wide range of experience within HSC and has worked as an activity therapist in a day treatment program, live-in manager at a residential facility, direct service provider and then supervisor of a community-based crisis program for youth, and then as a prevention specialist for adolescents. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in special education.
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New Leaf Lodge provides residential and outpatient services for adult women struggling with substance abuse. Together, clients and staff at New Leaf Lodge work toward goal attainment, behavioral and cognitive skills training, and the development of recovery support. This facility is one of many operated by Human Service Center (HSC), a behavioral healthcare organization serving the heart of Illinois. Nearby, clients can access medication-assisted treatment for opiate dependence, which consists of the monitored prescription of either Methadone or Suboxone, as well as individual and group counseling, physician consultations, and medical evaluations.
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The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
Michael G. Kennedy - President & CEO
Arun Pinto, M.D. - Corporate Medical Director
Arun Pinto, M.D., is chief medical officer and vice president at the HSC. He is a working psychiatrist and supervises staff physicians, as well as provides oversight for contractual physicians who work at company facilities. Dr. Pinto holds an appointment as a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, where he teaches third year medical students and family practice residents. Prior to working at HSC, Dr. Pinto was the chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Methodist Medical Center. He was also a part-time medical director for the Department of Psychiatry at Methodist. Dr. Pinto received his medical degree from Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India. He completed a residency in adult psychiatry at Tulane University Affiliated Hospitals in 1977 and followed with a fellowship in child psychiatry at the same institution. He is board certified in adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry.
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