In October 2012, Duane Dean Behavioral Health celebrated its 40th anniversary. Here are some important milestones in the history of the agency:


  • Agency founded by M. Duane Dean, a local pharmacist alarmed by the growing number of individuals becoming addicted to heroin.  Initially called Thresholds, the center was located at the former Kankakee State Hospital (Shapiro Developmental Center).


  • Operations move to 700 E. Court Street in Kankakee.


  • After several name changes, agency is finally named to honor its founder.


  • M. Duane Dean passes away, but his mission continues.


  • Ground breaking for building expansion.


  • Women’s treatment program initiated.
  • Selected by the Center for Substance Abuse (CSAT) to be part of a national study on accreditation of opioid treatment programs.


  • Changed name to Duane Dean Behavioral Health Center.


  • Women’s Program expands with the addition of  Project SAFE — a partnership with the Division of Alcohol & Substance Abuse (DASA) and the Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS).
  • Opioid treatment program receives 1-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), International.


  • Opioid Treatment Program receives 3-year accreditation from CARF, International.


  • Women’s program relocates to 557 E. Court St. in Kankakee.
  • Women’s program receives first CARF accreditation.


  • Women & Children’s Center relocates to 1015 N. 5th Ave. in Kankakee – providing services on a part-time basis.
  • Program begins providing childcare and transportation to women with children.


  • Center celebrates 40 years of service.
  • Women & Children’s Wellness Center moves to full-time operation and adds  “family-centered treatment/recovery support services.”
  • Center receives contract to treat returning veterans suffering from substance abuse problem.





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