AUSTIN — Healthcare Alternative Systems is opening a treatment center in Austin as part of a long-term plan to address substance abuse on the West Side.
The Austin location, 4734 W. Chicago Ave., will be the organization’s 13th facility — and the company’s new headquarters. Neighbors can learn about its offerings during an open house 1-4 p.m. Thursday. RSVP online.
The company provides substance abuse and prevention services, mental health counseling, anger management, domestic violence supportive services, amid other things. It has locations throughout the city and suburbs.
“We are thrilled to open our doors and welcome the Austin community to our new facility,” CEO Marco Jacome said in a statement. “We are committed to providing the highest quality of care to empower individuals, families and communities.”
People in need can call Healthcare Alternative Systems at 312-850-0050.
Healthcare Alternative Systems received funding from the city to ramp up mental health and domestic violence response services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Moving the company’s headquarters to Austin will address the needs of the West Side, which has struggled with the opioid epidemic for years — including during the pandemic.
Officials and organizations have been putting renewed focus on trying to address substance abuse and help people affected on the West Side.
State Reps. La Shawn Ford and Sara Feigenholtz proposed legislation to create a pilot site for safer drug consumption as a means of harm reduction. A local nonprofit would operate the site and offer HIV and Hepatitis C testing, housing, medical services, employment opportunities, drug treatment programs and other social services to those affected.
The city has also deployed an Opioid Response Team earlier this year, to primarily serve the nearby neighborhoods of East Garfield Park, West Garfield Park and Humboldt Park.
Other facilities such as Thresholds have also recently stepped into the Austin community to address addiction and treatment, along with primary care, vaccines, family planning, reproductive health services.
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