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Touchette Regional Hospital opens new Behavioral Health Center



Staff and community leaders gather for a ribbon cutting Tuesday at the newly opened Behavioral Health Center at Touchette Regional Hospital. Dr. Desarie Holmes is holding the scissors.

From Illinois Business Journal news services

CENTREVILLE – The newly expanded Behavioral Health Center at Touchette Regional Hospital will open Wednesday, offering a welcoming and open environment to those affected by mental illness.

A collaboration between Touchette and HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville,  the Behavioral Health Center serves clients with a variety of conditions, including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, mood disorders, and other mental illness. The new $10 million center includes a 13,534-square-foot expansion which increases inpatient bed capacity from 12 to 30 beds. It is located next door to Touchette at 5900 Bond Ave. in Centreville.

The center’s open concept and client-centered recovery model is intended  to break down the stigma of mental health facilities as places only focused on confinement and isolation. Once stabilized, inpatient clients experience an increased level of socialization and engagement with fellow patients and healthcare providers alike through recreational therapy, support groups and activity therapy – all proven to enhance patient outcomes.

“By combining an open environment with an excellent clinical staff and evidence-based best practices, we’ve changed the dynamics of mental health treatment,” said Dr. Desarie Holmes, director of the Behavioral Health Center. “Isolation is one of the most detrimental aspects to recovery. By building trust and engaging our clients, they become more comfortable and more focused on their recovery so that they reintegrate into life sooner with a stronger sense of self.”

She added, “We’re not just stabilizing a patient facing a crisis. We’re helping change their entire life moving forward.”

In addition, the new center features home-like client rooms with natural light to ease the symptoms of depression, self-service refreshments and private phone areas to give clients a sense of autonomy, and enhanced security features to protect the safety of clients, staff and visitors.

The center also treats patients on an outpatient basis through medication management, group therapy sessions, and individual and family therapy. They also offer an intensive outpatient program for adolescents ages 12 to 17 every afternoon where professional therapists work closely with clients, schools and other health-care providers to develop a comprehensive treatment plan individually tailored to each teen’s mental health needs.

Touchette estimates it will serve more than 2,000 patients in 2016 on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. The Behavioral Health Center accepts most insurances, including Medicaid and Medicare.

“Touchette has long been an excellent provider of key behavioral health services in the Metro East,” said Shelley Harris, chief nursing officer at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. “We believe this Behavioral Health Center will set a new standard for quality care and community health partnerships to serve the critical mental health needs of our region.”

About Touchette Regional Hospital

Touchette Regional Hospital offers cardiopulmonary, laboratory, radiology, physical therapy, obstetrical services, 24-hour emergency department, behavioral health, medical/surgical, intensive care and surgical services – all provided with renowned compassion and care from our staff and providers. For more information, visit

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