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Aurora Beacon News – Chicago Tribune
June 17, 2022 | By Steve Lord
State grant to help Aurora addiction counseling facility build 32-bed recovery home: ‘This is a significant addition’
Aurora, IL – An Illinois capital grant will help an Aurora addiction counseling facility expand its space and its services.
Officials were on hand during a press conference Wednesday to announce that a $9.2 million state capital grant will help Gateway Foundation expand its facility at 400 Mercy Lane in Aurora.
The money will go toward a 32-bed recovery home to add to the 44-bed residential facility already there, with groundbreaking expected in late September.
“We look at all opportunities to help meet needs,” said Marc Turner, Gateway Foundation interim president and CEO. “This is a significant addition.”
Turner said the state funding “allows us to treat even more patients in the western suburbs, giving them a foundation for a strong recovery.”
Gateway Foundation is the country’s largest not-for-profit treatment provider for adults, specializing in substance use disorder treatment. It has been around for more than 50 years.
In Illinois, Gateway has 16 treatment centers from Chicago to the southern part of the state. Its Aurora facility has been on the Ascension Mercy campus for 17 years.
Gateway treats patients in all stages of addiction, including inpatient, residential, outpatient, post-treatment and in sober recovery housing.
Currently at the Aurora facility, there is residential treatment and outpatient treatment. The addition will allow another level of treatment between the residential and outpatient, Turner said.
The “supported recovery” care will allow patients to move away from full residential into a sort of residential that includes outpatient care with support.
“It’s a step down from a more intense level of care,” Turner said.
The state grant comes through a program for economic development, and Turner pointed out that it not only will create construction jobs in Aurora, but hiring of additional staff at the facility as well.