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.