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The CORE Center


core centerThe Basics

As part of the Cook County Bureau of Health Services, the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center is an outpatient facility in Chicago, Illinois that specializes in general health services. These include basic outpatient, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and a medication-assisted program for clients with low incomes. There have been multiple outspoken leaders in the community advocating for the availability and maintenance of more mental health clinics in Chicago. In response, the CORE Center opened in 2013 after the controversial closing of several other outpatient treatment programs in Cook County.

Treatment and Staff

CORE Center’s outpatient services are available to low-income clients, those with HIV/AIDS, members of the LGBT community and court-ordered individuals. Clients are eligible for CORE’s  programs if they have had lab work completed in the last three to six months, and counselors work with clients using the Matrix Model of treatment. Clients engage in individual and group therapy sessions three days a week for an hour and a half each group, per IOP requirements. The CORE Center offers a men’s support group and a women’s support group on Wednesdays. There’s also a medically-assisted program where staff administer primarily Suboxone and Vivatrol (Naltrexone). There are no methadone services available.

As of print, the CORE Center is still developing their outpatient services for substance abuse treatment though it’s already accredited by CARF. Dr. Ram Raju, CEO of Cook County Health Services, insists that substance abuse and mental health services should be made more readily available to clients on state and county assistance programs.

Outpatient services include substance abuse education, group therapy dealing with stress management, relapse prevention, 12-step programs (with involvement from groups in the community), work/life balance and referrals to other community resources.

Doctors associated with CORE subscribe to the “medical home” model for those seeking outpatient treatment. This model suggests that when low-income clients seek outpatient treatment, there is a team of healthcare professionals available to them including a doctor, a nurse, a medical assistant and a social worker; as its policy goes, no individual should be without a medical home regardless of their means. The CORE Center also employs Spanish speakers to serve the area’s large Latino population.

In Summary

The CORE Center provides small-scale clinical and educational services to those in need in Cook County. That said, clients who have co-occurring disorders or more extensive needs may have a better chance of long-term recovery in facilities with more of those resources at hand. Still, The CORE Center has a wide range of care for clients with other health issues aside from substance abuse. Though it’s still in its beginning stages, CORE Center has laid a good foundation with room to grow in the future.

The CORE Center
2020 West Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60612

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