Mrch 2023

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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. Casey

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


Newsletter Theme: A Fresh Start

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 Drop-In Center is Ready

After much anticipation, the Drop-In Center will open soon. We’re going to have a soft opening to get our systems down and work out all the kinks.

The operational Times of the Drop-In Center will be Monday through Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

The Grand Opening will be mid-April.

Looking for a Fish Fry?

It’s one of my favorite times of the year. If fish fry season!

Finding the tastiest spots can be tricky. But the newsletter team has got you covered.

We’re making it easy for you to find the best spots near you, just check out this fish fry finder.

The Equinox is Coming

Simply put, an Equinox is when Earth’s rotational axis is directly perpendicular to the Sun-Earth Line. A Solstice is when the Sun’s rays reach their most Northernly or Southernly away from the Equator. As the Earth rotates and revolves around the Sun during the year, the Earth’s angle in relation to the Sun changes, helping to give rise to the seasons we enjoy.
More sunlight for the Northern Hemisphere (East St. Louis) leads to Spring and Summer. Meanwhile, in the Southern Hemisphere, less sunlight leads to Autumn and Winter. For example, it is about becoming Spring here but it will at the same time become Autumn in South Africa and Australia. Normally, the longest day of the year here will be on the Summer Solstice (June 21 or 22) and the shortest day will be the Winter Solstice (December 21 or 22).

Telehealth is off to a Great Start

Alysia Bernardini is the head of our telehealth department.

Our telehealth department just opened, and they are making a big impact on our community. Due to a shortage of clinicians in the area, there is a 4 to 6 week wait from the initial contact with The Center and the initial appointment with a clinician.  This wait time creates a significant delay in receiving the much-needed services. The telehealth team is helping to alleviate the wait.

Without the telehealth team, when a client initially contacts The Center, they are actively seeking assistance and may be in need of immediate care; due to the wait clients may become disengaged and frustrated.  They may seek other options or chose to not move forward with services after time has passed. Waiting may also increase symptomology by the time they are seen, increase the potential for crisis, and prolong distress.  

A Collaborative Career Fair Sets The Center up for a Bright Future

The UMSL Millennium Student Center


On Wednesday, February 22, our very own Rita Byrd attended a collaborative career fair at The University of Missouri-St. Louis at the Millennium Student Center. The Collaborative provides an opportunity for field instructors to promote their agency and meet with BSW and MSW students from UMSL, SLU, and Fontbonne University.

The Fair gives students a chance to learn more about the field of social work and network with professional social workers who are Field Education representatives.  The Center is now certified to host practicum students referred through the St. Louis Social Work Field Education Collaborative, consisting of The Brown School at Washington University, Saint Louis University, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Fontbonne University.

Several Bachelor’s and Master’s level, traditional and non-traditional students visited our table where The Center was endorsed as the best agency in the area to learn and train. Based on feedback, we will have students standing in line to gain a hands-on, learning experience like no other!

Updated Dress Code


The Center has updated our dress code. All employees will be responsible for understanding and following the rules outlined in the document.
If you have any questions, please contact your direct supervisor for clarification.

For more information, please check out the dress code page on our website:

The following attire is deemed unsuitable and may not be worn to work:

  • No shorts or pants above the knee.
  • No low-cut tops or revealing outfits.
  • No fishnet stockings or lace pantyhose.
  • No jewelry with explicit messages.
  • No t-shirts.
  • No mini-dresses.
  • Skirts and dresses must be no more than two (2) inches above the knee.
  • Skirt or dress slits must not extend more than two (2) inches above the knee.
  • No head coverings (ex. hats, caps, and head scarves) unless authorized by the executive director
  • No clothing with “messages”
  • No jogging suits or sweat suits
  • No mules, flip flops, or slide shoes (shoe must have a strap on the back)

Jeans, jean skirts (no rips or tears), and tennis shoes may be worn only on days specially approved by the executive director

Each Friday, staff may wear jeans (no rips or tears), tennis shoes, and either a CBHC polo shirt or other workplace-appropriate shirt (no t-shirts allowed)

 Occupational attire is allowed:

  • Nurses may wear medical scrubs and clogs or athletic shoes
  • Maintenance and janitorial staff may wear work clothes including coveralls, denim shirts and trousers, jeans, athletic shoes, and boots
  • Food service staff may wear hair restraints, head coverings, aprons, trousers, jeans, athletic shoes, and boots
  • Staff members are required to follow the dress code at all times and failure to do so will result in the following disciplinary actions.

First violation: Redirection by direct supervisor.

Second violation– Written warning and redirection by direct supervisor.

Third violation – This may result in suspension and or termination for any additional infractions.

To view the complete dress code please visit


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

The Employee of the Month

Ms. Gaines-White is a tireless instrument for children and adolescent care. While at times exacting with the counselors, this effort is always done with the aim of helping those troubled young people find help and support when and where they need it. In my view, she is most worthy of such an honor.  

 Who’s New


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

Shalanna West Shenita Hutson Cora Thomas
Rachael Young
Carnell Cannon Kayla Lang

March’s Birthdays

Wishing a BIG happy birthday to all of those in the CBHC family!


Jessica Dansberry

Vicki Wicks
Aklilu Yeshiwas
Antionette McGarry
Christopher Rhodes
Juana Townsend
Julian Connor
Raechell Young
Estelisa Beverly

This Issue

  • Drop-In Center Update
  • Black History Celebration
  • Telehealth Opening

Get in the News

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Questions, comments, or content suggestions can be sent to:

Important Dates

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

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.

Pet Connection

Stella is the little one. She is a German Shorthaired pointer. Lulu is the larger dog that is black and white.

This month’s Pet Connection showcases Alysia Bernardini’s (telehealth supervisor) pair of perfect pooches. Stella is our new fur baby and was welcomed as a family Christmas gift. She is a German Shorthair Pointer. Stella is sweet, very intelligent, and loves to snuggle with her humans and big sister. Lulu is 3 years old. She was very spoiled as an only dog but has taken very well to being a big sister. Lulu is a mixed breed of unknown origin. What we do know is that we could not imagine life without her.

Both love to run and play together. Tug-o-war is a favorite pass time.


Center Stage: Reception

Seated Mariah Williams and Beverly Lacy, and standing supervisor Jonnie Barkley

Meet your Front Office Administrative Aides: Beverly Lacy, Mariah Williams, and supervisor Jonnie Barkley, the first point of contact for those who call or enter the front doors at CBHC. They set the right environment for each day at the Center. They meet, greet, and assist all that enter the front doors, including consumers, vendors, and potential new hires, answering all phone lines, and assisting staff as needed. They prepare for each day, setting up their office for appointments, walk-ins, vendors, and other individuals that need assistance.

The ladies work tirelessly to ensure whoever calls or walks in is greeted with a smile, a helping hand, and a willingness to assist attitude. They ensure that individuals are connected with the right staff in the building in a timely manner. They follow rules and regulations for COVID’19, by providing mask and temperature checks who enter the building regularly for safety measures. These ladies are professional at what they do, as they not only assist anyone who walks through CBHC front doors, they assist staff from other programs, with light typing as needed, providing some needed supplies such as letterhead, envelopes, and other small office supplies.

Don’t be mistaken about their abilities to make it happen. When you walk up and see them not busy, it’s just a moment to regroup, because, in a few seconds, the phones are ringing, someone needs to enter the building, staff are in need of assistance, and much much more. These ladies are always ready willing and able to handle any task given to them with a smile.

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

Get in the News

Each month’s newsletter can be found at:
Questions, comments, or content suggestions can be sent to:

Important Dates

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.