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UnityPoint Health®, Human Service Center and Tazwood Center for Wellness Form New Organization to Transform Behavioral Health Care for Thousands in Central Illinois
New Organization is UnityPoint Health – UnityPlace

(March 20, 2019 – Peoria, IL) – UnityPoint Health®, Human Service Center and Tazwood Center for Wellness are excited to announce the formation of UnityPlace, a new non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the growing behavioral health care needs of the community.

“Our intent is to capitalize on the strengths of Human Service Center, Tazwood Center for Wellness and UnityPoint Health to transform how behavioral health services are delivered. By pooling our resources, we will be able to make an immediate impact on the service delivery system, addressing issues that have negatively impacted our community for decades. During the first six months of operation, UnityPlace will work diligently to improve access through provider recruitment, the use of technology, centralized scheduling and other tools available to us. There is an urgency to behavioral health care and people need to be seen quickly. We are going to make that happen,” says Debbie Simon, UnityPoint Health Regional CEO and Interim President of UnityPlace.

The long-term vision of UnityPlace is to create a comprehensive community and hospital-based system of behavioral health, integrate inpatient and outpatient services, and utilize active population-focused health management strategies. The integration of primary care and behavioral health services will also be a focus to improve the overall health of those served.

“People in this community deserve to be cared for in a way that sets a new standard in behavioral health. Our organizations are making a strong commitment to elevate the field of behavioral health care. By pooling our resources, we believe we will be able to provide a more effective and sustainable system of care for all who need it,” said Mike Kennedy, President of Human Service Center.

The new organization will work to enhance and improve community access to a fully- coordinated regional network of behavioral health care providers, specialists and substance abuse and rehabilitation services. UnityPlace also hopes to attract and retain talented and professional providers of these services, expand services, and improve patient outcomes.

“Another goal of UnityPlace is to be more proactive in addressing mental illness needs and the addiction crises of our region. We are committed to collaborating with health care, social service, education, religious, and criminal justice institutions to better serve the people of our communities,” said Dave Mingus, CEO of Tazwood Center for Wellness.

UnityPoint Health, Human Service Center, and Tazwood Center for Wellness have an extensive history of working together to provide the people they serve with the best behavioral health services possible. Each organization shares a common vision to advance the field of behavioral health and a strong commitment to the people and communities they serve.

Plans for realizing the shared vision will be made in the coming months. For more information, visit


About Human Service Center

Established in 1976, Human Service Center is a private, not-for-profit comprehensive community mental health center of 275 full and part-time staff providing a continuum of mental health and substance use treatment services primarily to individuals who reside within Peoria County Illinois. Services include, but are not limited to: office- and community-based behavioral health assessments; community crisis center of police dispatched community-based crisis intervention services and residential medical detoxification services; residential, intensive outpatient and outpatient adult substance use treatment and medication assisted treatment services; residential, outpatient and community-based adult mental health services; adult psychiatric services; specialty court behavioral health treatment services; treatment and community monitoring services for individuals transitioning from the criminal justice system; integrated behavioral and primary health care services.

About Tazwood Center for Wellness

Tazwood Mental Health Center, Inc. DBA Tazwood Center for Wellness is a private, non-profit  community mental health center serving central Illinois since 1972. With 66 full and part-time staff  providing services from offices located in Pekin, East Peoria, Eureka, Lincoln, and Bloomington,  llinois, Tazwood serves residents in Tazewell, Woodford, Logan, and McLean Counties. Tazwood  Center for Wellness is also often called to provide Emergency Response Services to residents in Fulton and Mason Counties. Other services provided are co-occurring behavioral health treatment integrated with primary health care, addiction services, community support services, case management, residential services, school-based early intervention and prevention, court-supervised treatment,  psychiatry and nursing services, DUI, and drug screening.

About UnityPoint Health

UnityPoint Health provides comprehensive, coordinated care to patients throughout Central Illinois through our clinics, hospitals and home care services. Services are provided at three hospital campuses – UnityPoint Health – Methodist, UnityPoint Health – Proctor, and UnityPoint Health – Pekin, as well as through more than 50 UnityPoint Clinic® locations, Proctor First Care, UnityPoint at Home, the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery, and the Hult Center for Healthy Living. A recognized leader in health care in our community, UnityPoint Health combines advanced technology and comprehensive services with patient satisfaction that’s among the best in the nation.

UnityPoint Health is the nation’s 13th largest nonprofit health system and the fourth largest nondenominational health system in America, providing care throughout Iowa, western Illinois and southern Wisconsin. As an industry leader in the Midwest, we put people first — they’re our sweet spot, what we care about most, and why we do what we do. Our 34,000 team members are committed to giving each person the type of experience we’d want for our own loved ones. We believe everyday moments are worth celebrating, and as your partner in health care, we’re dedicated to making it easier to live well. UnityPoint Health, UnityPoint Clinic® and UnityPoint at HomeSM provide easier, more personal care to patients and families. Because people are amazing, and we’re here to help keep them that way.