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                        Facility Opens in Joliet     
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                        A  Lone Voice for LGBTQ Hemophiliacs





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    ONE-OF-A-KIND  OPIOID TREATMENT          FACILITY
   OPENS IN JOLIET

    WITH THE CRISIS AT ITS       HEIGHT, A NEW FACILITY 
PROMISES TO FILL A GAPING        HOLE IN WILL COUNTY

          By Gretchen Rachel Hammond 
Interior of Safe Landings joliet facility is pictured. 
With the Opioid Crisis still climbing unbated towards a zenith of unknown heights, health and addiction recovery resources are at a premium particularly in Will County where Opioid-related deaths remain unchecked.

On March 15, the Illinois-based drug treatment facility Soft Landing Recovery opened its sixth location in the state—this one based in Joliet.

The organization, which is in the process of changing its name Symetria Health, will host an open house at 229 North Hammes Avenue on April 26.  Free to the general public, the open house will demonstrate the comfort of the state-of-the-art facility, which has the capacity for up to 300 patients, while educating people on then Opioid epidemic and the services available to them.

Founded in 2007, Soft Landing Recovery offers outpatient treatment that “fills the gap that existed between the medical and behavioral communities” through “a cost effective and successful continuum that covers most stages of recovery from detoxification, medical management, continued care and relapse prevention.”

Samantha Berta, LCSW, CADC is the Joliet facility program director which aims to fill a massive gap.

“I was born and raised in Joliet and live here currently,” she said. “There’s nothing in Will County—no all-encompassing services like the ones we offer at Soft Landing.”

According to Berta, those treatment programs differ from most others because they are constructed around Evidence Based Practices (EBP)­ which, according to the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC), are “interventions for which there is consistent scientific evidence demonstrating that desired outcomes are obtained.”

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LONE VOICE
FOR LGBTQ
HEMOPHILIACS

IGNORED BY ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS, LGBTQ HEMOPHILIACS HAVE AT LEAST ONE RESOURCE


By Gretchen Rachel Hammond

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Even as the LGBTQ community grows in both population numbers and the breadth of its acronym, there are many within it who remain isolated—lone voices whose call for acceptance and justice Is just as resounding as the demands of leading groups within the full chorus.

One such voice belongs to Mark Ward.

As an out gay man who lives with hemophilia, Ward has spent his days displaced from even the furthest borders of a society which, even in today’s comparatively progressive world, has kept both eyes blind to the fact that an LGBTQ hemophilia population even exists never mind the punishing effects of the condition on every aspect of their daily lives. Even among the litany of hemophilia advocacy groups and NGOs nationwide, there is little or no information or resources dedicated to the LGBTQ community—an absence of acknowledgement which recalls and maintains the outright shunning of gays and lesbians at the height of the HIV/AIDs epidemic.

The founder of haemosexual.com, Ward is waging essentially a one-man battle to change all that whether from his home in Brighton, England or by representing the silenced through asserting his presence at hemophilia meetings and societies worldwide.

“As a hemophiliac, its something that was the focus of the AIDS crisis,” Ward recalled. 
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THaemosexual founder Mark Ward is pictured wearing a suit and looking at the camera.

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                      MANEUVERS HOSTS INTERSECTIONS FUNDRAISER 

​It was standing room only on the upper level of Joliet’s premier LGBTQ nightclub Maneuvers March 31 as the area’s most talented performers and artists including Dymond Calloway, Sasha Love, Raven Samore, Aleyna Couture and DJ Ebony Delite donated their considerable talents towards a fundraiser for The Intersections—Will County’s only resource for LGBTQ news, entertainment and community engagement.

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