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Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center of St. Clair County Inc.

505 South Eighth Street  •  East St. Louis, IL  62201-2919



Joseph Harper

Executive Director

 Jonnie Barkley

Executive Secretary

 (618) 482-7330

 Brian Stewart

Chief Operating Officer

(618) 482-7630

 Dr. Aqueel Khan

Medical Director 

(618) 482-7630

 Mary Jackson

Quality Assurance

(618) 482-7337

 Linda Rattler

Human Resources

(618) 482-7381

 LT Nash

Building Manager

(618) 482-7633

 David McCosky

Inventory Specialist

(618) 261-7010

 Rachel Ball


(618) 482-7626

Sylvia Jimminson

Intake Specialist

(618) 482-2574

Rita Byrd

Therapy & Transition

(618) 482-7617

Rena Vantreece

Child & Adolescent

(618) 482-7613

 Daryl Rice


Methadone Services

(618) 261-7041

 Gia Moore

Parenting for Success

(618) 482-7354

Keonna Pittman

Food & Nutrition

(618) 261-7039

 Kelly Clemons

Housing Program

(618) 261-7616

 Cynthia Whitley

Crisis Team Leader

(618) 261-7023

 Karen Jamison

Residential Services

 Aubrey Yates

Fathers & Families

(618) 482-7348


Winter Newsletter Theme: New Beginnings

This newsletter’s purpose is to share information about The Center’s people and activities, in each department and by each employee, in order to highlight the contributions made by all in helping The Center reach its goals. 


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Front Desk
(618) 482-7330

 Hours of Operation
8:00am – 5:00pm

The Martin Luther King You May Not Have Known

We all know Martin Luther King Jr. was perhaps the fiercest and most capable civil rights leader the world has ever seen.
However, here are 6 facts you might not have known about Dr. King.

  • MLK’s given name was not Martin Luther. His original name was Michael King Junior. He changed his name to Martin Luther after he and his father became inspired by the German, Protestant leader Martin Luther.
  • Dr. King was a tremendously bright student. He was able to skip ninth and 12th grade before entering college.
    He started college at the age of 15.
  • Although his father and grandfather were ministers, it was never King’s intent while in college to become a minister. He graduated with a sociology degree and became ordained after graduation.
  • In 1955, he received a doctorate degree in systematic theology from Boston University.
  • A decade before his assassination, a woman stabbed King with a letter opener at a book signing. The letter opener narrowly missed piercing his aorta.
  • In his final public speech, King essentially said he might die prematurely.

Bad Weather Policy

Unfortunately, nasty weather is here. We’ve got some new folks aboard, and some of us may also need a refresher on the inclement weather policy.

The spirit of our policy is straightforward. Each of us is responsible for our own safety. If you feel the need to leave early or you are not going to be able to make it to work, it is your job to reach out to your supervisors and let them know.

Take a look at our complete inclement weather policy. We are each responsible for knowing the policy and procedures.

Donations Needed

CBHC Drop-In Center will soon be opening.  We are in need of several items for our Drop-In Center guests.  All donations will be greatly appreciated and a receipt for donated items can be provided for tax purposes.

Individual toothbrushes

Travel size deodorant

Travel size toothpaste

Travel size lotion

New washcloths

Feminine pads

Drawstring laundry bags

Laundry detergent

Sweatshirts (men/women/children)

Sweatpants (men/women/children)




To make a donation, please contact:
Carla Ellis
Assistant Project Director
(618) 261-7037

Employee of the Month

Ms. Mahogany Bonner from the Crisis Department is January’s Employee of the Month.

Ms. Bonner was nominated and selected because of her thoughtful completion of paperwork; her careful response to crisis calls and her general abilities to balance out the demands of her role as a crisis counselor. Ms. Bonner works agreeably with her co-workers and is a team player.

 Who’s New


Several new members have joined our team. We would like to welcome each of our new team members.

Mariah Williams Alyssa Bernardini Heather Thompson
Shakari Dorsey Erica Ellis Nkiru Lewis

January’S Birthdays

There are several CBHC team members with January birthdays. We wish you each a wonderful birthday.

Make it the best one yet!

Taylor Shy
Kenya Hooper
Rachel Linzy
Kenya Hooper
Vivian Gaines-White
Rose Lewis
Saprina McUin

 Who’s New


Several new members have joined our team. We would like to welcome each of our new team members.

Mariah Williams Alyssa Bernardini Heather Thompson
Shakari Dorsey Erica Ellis Nkiru Lewis

This Issue

  • MLK Tidbits
  • Drop-In Center Update
  • Tax Tips

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Going forward, the newsletter will be published on the second Monday of every month.

The Drop-In Center

Construction on the new “Drop-In Center” will be starting in October.

The Center hopes to have the Drop-In Center open sometime this  February.  The Drop-In Center will be able to accommodate individuals who are either mentally ill or homeless, it will offer a place to obtain food and other services.

A mental health Drop-In Center can provide a friendly environment for people who are struggling with mental health symptoms to recover. Also, a Drop-In center as opposed to a homeless shelter usually does not provide a temporary residence. It aims to provide other services to endangered or disadvantaged groups in the community, including the homeless, people with addictions, or suffering from mental illness.

The Drop-In Center’s hours of operation will be from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Pet Connection


Meet Heather Thompson from the Crisis department and her cat Maynard.

Her daughter brought Maynard home in the cold. She saw him on a bridge by their house.

He immediately became loved by everyone in the house.

Her family has three cats, and Maynard is the most dominant.

Crossword Puzzle

The first person who submits the most correct answers to will receive a ticket for a free lunch. The crossword puzzles can be printed out from this page, and hard copies are available at the front desk.

You Can Contribute to March’s Puzzle

The March crossword puzzle will also be a raffle! All CBHC employees can and may submit one word for inclusion in the March puzzle. Each entry enters the employee for a drawing separate from the person who completes the puzzle. All words entered will be incorporated into the puzzle. You can change your submittal (i.e. your word) at any time before the end date, but you only get one word. All entries need to be sent via e-mail to between Tuesday, January 17 and Tuesday, February 28 to be eligible to win.  The following conditions must be met for a word to be included and thus make you eligible for the raffle:

  • Words must be between three and ten characters in length and singular (i.e. Hen, not White Hen).
  • Words must be recognized by either the Oxford or Webster Dictionary.
  • No proper nouns (i.e. person’s names, names of cities).
  • No acronyms or abbreviations.
  • No colloquiums or slang terms.
  • No words that can be construed by others as obscene, offensive, or political.

December’s Crossword Puzzle Winner

Vicki Wicks is a member of the Parenting for Success team. In addition to doing a great job looking out for the children in our community, Vicki was the first crossword puzzle winter.

Vicki’s witty win earned her a free lunch at The Bistro.

If you want to test your wits and earn a free lunch. Just email your crossword puzzle answers to or give a copy of your answers to Ms. Jonnie.

Tripledemic: COVID, Flu, or RSV

A “cold” is a common term for a viral upper respiratory tract infection. Many viruses cause upper respiratory tract infections, including COVID, RSV, and the flu.

The special thing about COVID, RSV, and the flu is that they can also cause more serious lung illnesses and even affect other parts of the body.

The only way to know for sure if you have COVID, RSV, or the flu is to get tested.

But your symptoms can give you a clue about whether you have COVID, RSV, or the flu.

 Center Stage: Crisis Team

CBHC is one of many agencies contracted with the state of Illinois to provide 24/7 365 crisis intervention across the state. Our staff serves to intervene and stabilize individuals who may experience and/or demonstrate dangerous thoughts or behaviors resulting from mental health difficulties.

The CBHC Crisis Department provides Mobile Crisis Response to the western St. Clair County region, which includes service to Illinois clients seen in the major St. Louis hospitals. Our team consists of Mobile Crisis Responders, Engagement Specialists, Team Leads and a Program Manager who all work together to stabilize those in crisis.

When stabilization within the community is not possible, our department plays a key role in facilitating placement and care for them at a facility equipped to provide a higher level of care. CBHC serves to support clients throughout this process, as well as provide aftercare and counseling on the back end.

Anyone in need may dial 988 to reach the national suicide and crisis prevention hotline, or the CARES hotline (1-800-345-9049) for children. The CBHC Crisis Department may be contacted directly at 618-973-0106.

Tips to Get Ready for Tax Time

Tax time will be here before we know it. Filing early will help you be better prepared, less stressed, and it could even help you save money and get a bigger refund.

Before You Start Tax Preparation

  1. Download and print this checklist as a PDF. 
  2. Place the checklist in a file folder, or attach it to the outside of the folder.
  3. As you receive or locate tax documents, place them in the folder and check them off the list.
  4. Scratch off anything on the list that doesn’t apply to your tax situation (it’s organized with the most common items on the first page).
  5. Enter information and amounts that are not already available on other documents, such as your bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit.

If you use a program such as Quicken® to keep track of your finances, print a report of your transactions for the tax year (e.g. 2022). This will make your tax preparation much easier, and helps you clearly see where your money goes each year.

  • Having this information in a report is much easier than going through your checks and bank statements for the entire year.
  • As you review the report, highlight information you will need to prepare your tax return or make notes to remind yourself of something later.

Personal Information

The IRS needs to know exactly who’s filing and who is covered in your tax return. To do this, you will need Social Security numbers and dates of birth for you, your spouse and dependents.


Information about Your Income

  • Income from jobs: forms W-2 for you and your spouse
  • Investment income—various forms 1099 (-INT, -DIV, -B, etc.), K-1s, stock option information
  • Income from state and local income tax refunds and/or unemployment: forms 1099-G
  • Taxable alimony received (Applicable to divorces finalized before January 1, 2019)
  • Business or farming income—profit/loss statement, capital equipment information
  • If you use your home for business—home size, office size, home expenses, office expenses.
  • IRA/pension distributions—forms 1099-R
  • Rental property income/expense—profit/loss statement, rental property suspended loss information
  • Social Security benefits—forms SSA-1099
  • Income from sales of property—original cost and cost of improvements, escrow closing statement, cancelled debt information
  • (form 1099-C)
  • Prior year installment sale information—forms 6252, principal and Interest collected during the year, SSN and address of payer
  • Other miscellaneous income—jury duty, gambling winnings, Medical Savings Account (MSA), scholarships, etc.

Adjustments to Your Income

The following can help reduce the amount of your income that is taxed, which can increase your tax refund or lower the amount you owe.

  • IRA contributions
  • Student loan interest
  • Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions
  • Moving expenses (for tax years prior to 2018 unless you’re military and for states that still allow it)
  • Self-employed health insurance premium payments
  • Keogh, SEP, SIMPLE and other self-employed pension plans
  • Alimony paid that is tax deductible (Applicable to divorces finalized before January 1, 2019)
  • Educator expenses

Itemized Tax Deductions and Credits

The government offers a number of deductions and credits to help lower the tax burden on individuals, which means more money in your pocket. You’ll need the following documentation to make sure you get all the deductions and credits you deserve.

  • Child care costs—provider’s name, address, tax id, and amount paid
  • Education costs—forms 1098-T, education expenses
  • Adoption costs—SSN of child, legal, medical, and transportation costs
  • Home mortgage interest and points you paid—Forms 1098
  • Investment interest expense
  • Charitable donations—cash amounts and value of donated property, miles driven, and out-of-pocket expenses
  • Casualty and theft losses—amount of damage, insurance reimbursements
  • Other miscellaneous tax deductions—union dues, unreimbursed employee expenses (uniforms, supplies, seminars, continuing education, publications, travel, etc.)  (for tax years prior to 2018 only for federal returns but your state might still allow it)
  • Medical and dental expenses
  • Energy credits

Taxes You’ve Paid

Properly documenting the taxes you’ve already paid can keep you from overpaying.

  • State and local income taxes paid
  • Real estate taxes paid
  • Personal property taxes—vehicle license fee based on value

Other Information

  • Estimated tax payments made during the year, prior year refund applied to current year, and any amount paid with an extension to file.
  • Direct deposit information—routing and account numbers
  • Foreign bank account information—location, name of bank, account number, peak value of account during the yea

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The cutoff for newsletter content suggestions is the last weekday of the following month.
Going forward, the newsletter will be published on the second Monday of every month.