May 2023

All Center News

Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center of St. Clair County Inc.

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



 Joseph Harper

Executive Director

 Jonnie Barkley

Executive Secretary

 (618) 482-7330

 Brian Stewart

Chief Operating Officer

(618) 482-7630

 Dr. Lawrence Casey

Medical Director 

(618) 482-7630

 Mary Jackson

Quality Assurance

(618) 482-7337

 Shakira Dorsey

Human Resources Director

(618) 482-7381

 LT Nash

Building Manager

(618) 482-7633

 David McCosky

Inventory Specialist

(618) 261-7010

 Rachel Ball


(618) 482-7626

Alysia Bernadini

Tele-Health Manage

(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

Mike Nichols

Crisis Manager

(618) 261-7023

 Karen Jamison

Residential Services

 Aubrey Yates

Fathers & Families

(618) 482-7348


A Time for Remembering While Moving Forward

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’s Impact

The Drop-In Center has been quite a success. In just 1 month, we have helped over 205 individuals, and 12 of those guests have signed up for mental health or substance use services. 

Several more guests were linked up with Fathers and Families and Parenting for Success.

600 Reasons for Give STL Success

Thank you to everyone who donated and encouraged donations to The Center during our Give STL campaign. We made a tremendous impact with our first coordinated campaign in years.

By raising over $600, we will absolutely be able to improve the lives of many in our community. We will also be able to continue our reputation for being a pillar in the community.

Free Walk-In Covid Testing

Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. No appointment needed. Open to the Public. Schedule subject to change due to weather or other special reasons. There is no out-of-pocket cost for COVID-19 testing. However, we do ask patients to provide their proof of I.D., and their health insurance information (if applicable), for billing purposes. For additional COVID-19 testing information, call (314) 443-5874.

Donations Needed

The Drop-In Center is open.  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

There were no submissions for May’s Employee of the Month. We urge everyone to come together and recognize the outstanding achievements of our fellow CBHC family members.

If you didn’t take a look at Ms. Jonnie’s monthly email reminder, grab the form on our website, at

May’s Birthdays

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

Ashley Yarbrough
Sadat Aburime
Anthony Matthews

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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.

April’s Crossword Puzzle Answer Key

Pet Connection

Breese is Jasmine Jackson’s fur brother. When Jasmine isn’t helping consumers in the Drop-In Center, she is probably spoiling Brees.

“Brees celebrated his first birthday last June. He loves kids, enjoys begging for snacks, walks 3 miles a day, and watches dog Tik Tok videos. We like to say he’s my mom’s favorite child.”

 Center Stage: Methadone Program

While the Methadone Program is certainly a team effort, pictured above are just four of the team members that keep the department running smoothly and care for those in need in our community.

Our Methadone Program brings together mental health counselors, addiction counselors, nurses, and support staff to provide a whole patient treatment program.

Those who support the program are truly unsung heroes. They arrive well before business hours and even work Saturdays. Their work ethic is just one aspect that reflects how dedicated this team is to serving our consumers.

We offer the only treatment program in the area. This makes the unwavering service from our department even more critical.

Honoring Mothers and Remembering Heroes

As springtime blooms in all its glory, two significant days occupy our hearts and minds—Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. Although seemingly unrelated, these observances share a common thread that connects them in a tapestry of love, sacrifice, and remembrance. Mother’s Day, a celebration of maternal figures and their nurturing spirit, and Memorial Day, a solemn commemoration of fallen heroes, both serve as reminders of the profound impact individuals have on our lives.

On Mother’s Day, we express gratitude and appreciation for the women who have shaped us—mothers, grandmothers, and mother figures. It is a day to honor their love, care, and selflessness. Mothers devote their lives to nurturing and protecting their children, ensuring their well-being and growth. They embody resilience, compassion, and unwavering support. Similarly, the heroes we remember on Memorial Day exemplify these virtues, dedicating their lives to safeguarding our freedom and protecting our nation. Their sacrifice serves as a poignant reminder of the courage and commitment required to defend the ideals we hold dear.

Both Mother’s Day and Memorial Day urge us to reflect on the value of love and sacrifice. Mothers willingly make countless sacrifices to ensure the happiness and success of their children. They give selflessly, often putting their own needs aside. Similarly, our fallen heroes sacrificed their lives to safeguard the liberties and principles that form the bedrock of our society. They demonstrate the ultimate act of selflessness, embodying the essence of bravery and service.

Moreover, these two observances teach us the importance of remembrance. Mother’s Day offers an opportunity to cherish and remember the mothers who are no longer with us, carrying their love in our hearts. Similarly, Memorial Day is a solemn reminder to honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. We pay tribute to their courage, heroism, and unwavering dedication.

In the grand tapestry of life, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day intertwine, representing the profound impact individuals have on our lives. While we express gratitude and love for our mothers on Mother’s Day, we also remember the heroes who laid down their lives for our freedom on Memorial Day. These two observances remind us of the power of love, sacrifice, and remembrance—the cornerstones of a society that cherishes and upholds the values that make us who we are.

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Important Dates

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