For Immediate Release
September 27, 2010 (Chicago) – United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius has selected Marco E. Jacome, C.E.O. of Chicago-based behavioral services provider Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc., to serve on the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) National Advisory Council.
CSAT, which is composed of twelve leading national representatives in fields including public health, social and behavioral services, and public policy, is one of three centers established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness in American communities.
The overarching goal of CSAT is to improve national health by making effective drug and alcohol abuse treatment available in every community. CSAT is an important component of the federal Department of Health and Human Services strategic effort to improve the quality, availability, and fairness of medical care across America, for groups including the homeless and military personnel as well as for the general public
Mr. Jacome joins the CSAT advisory council with over twenty years of experience working with diverse populations in the field of addiction. He has been instrumental in developing relevant, culturally sensitive programming and providing critically needed behavioral health services to Chicago’s Latino community. As a member of the advisory council, Mr. Jacome will help shape effective treatment policy and programming in accordance with SAMHSA’s strategic initiatives.
“I’m honored to be part of this important council,” Jacome states. “I look forward to advocating for the field of substance abuse and mental health services and am grateful for the opportunity to play a role in creating strong communities with the resources they need to secure residents’ quality of life.”
About H.A.S.: Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc. was established in 1974 in order to address the critical lack of clinical and social services for Hispanic Americans on Chicago’s Near Northwest Side. Over the years, H.A.S. has created a continuum of care for substance abuse patients that includes prevention, outpatient, residential, and transitional services. The agency takes a holistic approach to health and recovery and offers a unique variety of programming addressing family and community issues including domestic violence, postpartum depression, and HIV. H.A.S. is a multicultural CARF-accredited 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. It continues to be recognized as Chicago’s leading provider of bilingual, culturally sensitive behavioral health care services for Hispanics and has expanded to provide quality services for culturally and racially diverse populations throughout the Chicago area.