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Behavioral Health

Effective Monday, January 11, 2021 the main office for Behavioral Health Services and most counselors are relocating to 503 East Grant Street (former Orthopedics and Sports Medicine building), adjacent to the Hospital. Some counselors will be relocating to the former MDH Psychiatry Clinic on the 1st Floor of Health Services Building 2. For any questions on the location of an appointment, please call Behavioral Health Services at (309) 836-1582.

To access the building at 503 East Grant Street:
From Grant Street turn into the parking lot for MORE Medical and continue through the parking lot until you reach the former Orthopedics and Sports Medicine building. Parking near the building is reserved for patients. Patients are also welcome to park in the far west side of the MDH parking lot and walk across to the building.

Behavioral Health Services staff providers want to remind people of the importance of caring for mental health as well as physical health. Our mental health can be easily neglected during times of distress and unhappiness. Having a strong support network of good friends and close family is an invaluable tool in helping to manage life’s difficulties. But sometimes your own unique experiences may be better served by meeting with an unbiased party, someone who can provide support and offer skills and direction on how to achieve better life outcomes. Therapy can be helpful in dealing with a variety of stressors, including job concerns, relationship problems, parenting struggles, interpersonal conflicts or life transitions. In addition, individuals may seek out therapy to address more significant issues as they cope with loss, unresolved childhood trauma, emotional instability, eating disorders or substance abuse concerns.

Emergency services are available 24 hours a day by calling (309) 833-4101. Services are provided both in-person and via TeleHealth.

Behavioral Health Services at McDonough District Hospital provides an array of mental health and substance abuse services to all ages, including individual, family, couple & group therapies. Our caring, professional staff includes licensed clinical counselors and social workers with years of clinical experience, education and ongoing training. Our goal is to offer quality care, meeting patient needs in accordance with Behavioral Health Services’ philosophy of caring for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each of our patients.

Specific areas of expertise among our providers include trauma therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, substance use counseling, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, counseling for attention difficulties, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Our focused therapy groups include the following:

  • Anger Management
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Parenting
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Suicide Support
  • Teen Group

It may be a good time to consider seeking out counseling services if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Significant mood instability
  • Feelings of sadness lasting more than 2 weeks
  • Anxiety that is interfering with your daily living
  • Suicidal thoughts or ideation
  • Substance use as a way to cope with unpleasant thoughts
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Attention problems
  • Unmanageable anger

Appointments can be made by calling (309) 836-1582. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays.

Our Staff:
Kim Anderson B.S.
Josie Bauer M.S., LPC
Susan Denecke MSW, LCSW
Becky Derry M.S., LCPC
JoAnna Eidson MSW, LCSW
Alissa Fisk M.A., LCPC
Rose John B.S., CADC
Kim Laird M.S., LCPC
Miriam Mindeman M.A., LCPC
Leah Rybakowski M.S., LPC
Bill Weedman B.S.


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