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Joliet nonprofit to expand in space, services

Stepping Stones provides treatment for substance abuse, mental health issues

Stepping Stones, a Joliet nonprofit organization, has been actively seeking ways to expand its services to meet the demand in Will County. With the new acquisition of a facility on Larkin Avenue, it will have the opportunity to do so. Those pictured include (back row, from left) Brian Hazard, Paul Lauridsen, Robert Morris, Herbert Brooks, Pete McLenighan, (middle row) Mary Maragos, Ray Monroe, Julie Edwards, Eric Paniak, Ann Dralle, (front row) Glen Conklin and Patricia Fera.
Stepping Stones, a Joliet nonprofit organization, has been actively seeking ways to expand its services to meet the demand in Will County. With the new acquisition of a facility on Larkin Avenue, it will have the opportunity to do so. Those pictured include (back row, from left) Brian Hazard, Paul Lauridsen, Robert Morris, Herbert Brooks, Pete McLenighan, (middle row) Mary Maragos, Ray Monroe, Julie Edwards, Eric Paniak, Ann Dralle, (front row) Glen Conklin and Patricia Fera.

Stepping Stones, a licensed and accredited substance use and related mental health disorder treatment provider, has acquired an 8,000-square-foot building, located at 1114 N. Larkin Ave. in Joliet.

The space will be used for outpatient services, admissions, client accounts and administrative offices, and provides an opportunity for the much-needed expansion of residential and other services at Stepping Stones’ 1621 Theodore St. location, according to a news release from the company.

“The board understands that our community needs more services to address substance use and mental disorders effectively,” Board President Julie Edwards said. “The Stepping Stones expansion is a positive step in the right direction.”

This acquisition comes at a particularly challenging time. In 2016, more than 1,800 people died of an overdose in Illinois. In 2017, the numbers increased. In Will County alone, there were 117 accidental overdose deaths, and 85 of those deaths involved opioids, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office. With the opioid epidemic continuing to grow, many individuals struggle to find the appropriate treatment, and the need for service significantly outweighs the available treatment in Will County.

Stepping Stones has been actively seeking ways to expand its services to meet the demand in Will County. With this new acquisition, it will have the opportunity to do so.

“We are pleased to be able to expand access to treatment for those with substance use and related mental health disorders,” Stepping Stones Executive Director Paul Lauridsen said. “This would not have been possible without the support of many.”

The United Ways of Will and Grundy counties partially fund Stepping Stones.

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