Certificate of Publication
Public Notice Illinois


Save
Save
Save
Save

Link

IASB

Link

Modulist

Link

Illinois Fuel & Retail Association

Link

Media Mergers

Link

Top Web

Link

Metro Creative Graphics

IPA HEADLINES

Examining the state of college newspapers: A period of retooling, rebuilding and reinventing (WITH VIDEO)

CollegesBurnhamCollegesHendricks

CollegesKrauseCollegesKreten

CollegesPlevkaCollegesHeimerman

A panel of advisers for collegiate student newspapers talks with moderator Christopher Heimerman during a virtual roundtable discussion May 27.

By CHRISTOPHER HEIMERMAN
For Illinois Press Association

College newspapers are facing many of the same challenges legacy newsrooms are navigating: declining advertising revenue, the rapid shift to the digital product, and news illiteracy.

But there are some distinct differences, and five student advisers recently joined the Illinois Press Association for a virtual roundtable on the struggles, adaptations, and potential solutions.

 

Evaluating the viability of print

The Vidette at Illinois State University recently published a 28-page commemorative section that was as awe-inspiring as it was tear-jerking.

After all, it marked the end of an era. After 132 years of publishing, the Vidette has ceased its print publication and has gone online-only.

“Going back through 132 years of papers and seeing the paper survived all these other crises, knowing we couldn’t make it through this was especially hard,” said John Plevka, general manager of The Vidette. “But it’s the right thing. This is the right direction to go. As good of a job as we were doing post-COVID, a lot of those newspapers were ending up in the recycling bin.”

That same problem on other campuses prompted many college newspapers to rein in their frequency, and the Western Courier at Western Illinois University also went digital-only after the spring 2020 semester.

The Daily Eastern at Eastern Illinois University is part of a dying breed: college newspapers that have continued to print daily. The newspaper hit stands each weekday this past semester. Lola Burnham, director of student publications and editorial adviser at EIU, said one reason it’s survived is that the Daily Eastern is printed on a press on campus – right on the other side of the wall of her office, in fact. But she’s running out of other areas to cut.

“We have cut and cut and cut and cut every expense that we can,” she said. “Our goal is to keep it as long as we can afford it, but the times they are a changin’.”

Plevka said the last businesses standing as advertisers in the Vidette … well, they aren’t standing anymore.

“The only advertisers we had left were a few bars and restaurants, and COVID did them in,” he said.

In fairness, at least the Vidette was able to provide an advertising platform for the bars. Not the case at St. Xavier University in Chicago, which is a couple of miles away from two premier breweries that call Peter Kreten, director of student media, every semester asking him to take their advertising dollars.

“So each new supervisor I get, I go to them first and ask if we can take breweries as sponsors, because there’s a lot of money there,” Kreten said, “and every time they fly it up the flagpole and it gets shut down. It’s the most frustrating thing in the world. I’m at the point where I might need to ask for forgiveness, rather than asking for permission.”

“I wouldn’t run it up the flagpole if I were you,” said Marla Krause, faculty adviser of The DePaulia at DePaul University. “I’d just take the ad and see what happens.”

While Kreten said increasing revenue is “the $64,000 question,” he said collaboration between the campus newspaper and radio station on advertising packages has paid dividends. He said focusing on fostering relationships with advertisers will always be part of the solution. He’s playing the long game with the owner of a local bookstore by continuing to run his ads, even though he can’t pay for them until October.

“I know in talking with him that he doesn’t have the money for it, but in 6 months he will, and he’ll start paying again,” Kreten said “It’s working out strategies, and trusting those relationships with your sponsors.”

 

Pandemic crushes recruiting opportunities

In a typical summer, The Northern Star at Northern Illinois University would get about 120 applications from its fun, ultra-inviting recruiting events on campus. A little more than half of those applicants would show up at initial training, about 20 would say, “Thanks, but no thanks,” and adviser Shelley Hendricks would net about 50 employees.

With that recruiting opportunity canceled by the pandemic, she got about 10 new employees going into fall of 2020.

“It’s been a huge struggle for us, and I was surprised we were able to get anyone, honestly,” Hendricks said. “But we were able to get just enough people to do the work we need to do. The staff is pretty much as small as it’s ever been.”

Burnham said all her recruiting events are virtual again this summer, so she’s taking the few students she’s able to recruit and immediately turning them into recruiters.

“It’s been that old confirmation class from church,” she said. “Each one bring one. You’re responsible for bringing one in. Usually if we can get someone into the newsroom, we can talk them into at least giving it a try.”

Kreten and Krause both said their communications faculty members have welcomed opportunities for representatives of the newspaper to speak to their classes. Krause is brutally honest with students.

“I tell them, ‘You need these clips, and you need this on your resume. Nobody cares what your grade-point average is when you look for a job. They care that you worked for your school newspaper,’” she said. “We don’t say that in front of the dean.”

Hendricks said rethinking recruiting is part of an ongoing top-to-bottom overhaul of The Northern Star.

“We’re kind of reinventing the Star from the ground up, and how we recruit is going to be one of our big pushes,” she said.

She said the newspaper is shifting from topic-based beats to a community-based system. She also said those uber-welcoming tables will be visible year-round – not just during the summer.

“We’re kind of stealthily hoping some people will join,” she said. “We’re hoping by engaging with communities, rather than saying, ‘We’re going to cover this topic,’ we will be more personable and more in the faces of different communities, and that more people will join our staff.”

On the subject of rethinking engagement …

 

We need to talk about social media

Perhaps the days of ignoring trolls of every shape and size are gone. After all, one of them ended up working at The Daily Eastern after staff responded to his chiding and posed a challenge.

“It was sort of, ‘Oh, you think you can do this? Come on in and give it a try,’ ” Burnham said. “That kid rose to the challenge, and that worked. I don’t necessarily think he’s going to end up being a journalist for a career, but he is quite opinionated and has made some contributions for the opinion page.”

Burnham said getting chattier on social media has been part of her newsroom’s evolution. Although simply keeping up with the revolving door of platforms is a whole thing of its own.

“Know your audience and adapt to whatever the strengths and weaknesses of those particular platforms are,” she said. “Also know that by the time you graduate, if you’re a freshman, by the time you’re a senior, all those platforms, it could be something completely different.”

Kreten said students laugh at him when he mentions Facebook, but he points out that he’s not the only perceived dinosaur.

“The president and provost are on Facebook, not Instagram,” he said.

Burnham echoed that many alumni, townspeople, faculty and staff are predominantly on Facebook, while a certain age of alumni are on Twitter, and current students or recent grads are on “whatever the platform of the day happens to be. I’ve been here long enough to watch all that change.”

 

Shifting to digital-first

Most advisers the IPA has interviewed in the past year agree that a silver lining in the pandemic is that student media has been forced to shift to a digital-first mentality – just like legacy newspapers.

“A lot of the bad habits we used to have just don’t exist anymore,” Hendricks said. “It used to be that our online product just kind of got whatever energy was left over. That’s been a huge part of the reinvention.”

She’s still grateful The Northern Star will stay in print, even if it’s dropping from twice-weekly to weekly, with that edition effectively being a digest.

Hendricks said more than 25 percent of the student body “has never been on campus to step over a Northern Star on the floor of the student center. A lot of them don’t even know we exist.”

“So for us, just to get readership and get in front of students’ faces, we need that print product still. We see our print product almost as our calling card.”

Kreten is something of an old soul, so he’s excited to strike the balance between print and digital.

“It’s like an unshaped piece of clay,” he said. “We get to mold it for what we need to reach our students. It's an opportunity, and it’s what we make of it.”

He did say, however, that he continues to drive home his appreciation of the print product, and that he subscribed to the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune and routinely drops copies in front of his students, then asks them what’s going on in the world.

“By having them have that paper in the office, they’re picking it up and reading it, and they’re getting it,” he said. “They’re getting the journalistic style of writing. If they don’t read it, they’re more inclined to do this very blog-style, Tumblr-style of writing. I’m seeing them falling in love with print.”

Plevka wishes he could be so lucky.

“I’m not seeing that,” Plevka said, adding that he rarely sees his own staff holding a physical copy of The Vidette. “I have not experienced that in the classroom or at the paper. I wish I did, because it’s such a great learning tool for everything – in news literacy, but it’s also a built-in how-to manual.”

Since he brought it up …

 

News literacy is as crucial as ever

“Politically, this is the most news illiterate group I’ve seen,” Plevka said. “It scares the crap out of me. Every 4 years they get fired up about a presidential election, and then it goes away. How much spinach journalism can I make them eat? How much are they going to listen to the old man in the room?”

He said teaching virtually has only compounded the problem.

“If I could look them in the eye with as much sincerity I could muster, and tell them that this is vital that you read and understand these things and begin sharpening your filters,” he said, throwing his hands up in the air.

Krause recalled a member of her staff at DePaulia discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and that a friend had told her it’s been going on a couple of years.

“I refrained from bursting into tears, at the fact that this girl wants to be a journalism major,” Krause said. “I don’t know what to do about it, and it’s terrifying.”

Burnham shared some heartening news: EIU has begun offering a general education course in news literacy, which she hopes will be required at some point.

Another get-with-the times course is being offered at DePaul.

 

Gig Economy 101

The few students working at college newspapers who decide to enter the field will face a new, burning question: to go after the full-time job, or to string together a living as a freelancer?

In response to the growing rate of reporters-for-hire, DePaul has begun offering a course in freelance journalism.

“Students are learning how to pitch a story, how to negotiate pay for a story, what to do when you don’t get paid for a story and you have to go back at them,” Krause said, adding that the course is quite popular.

Plevka, recognizing a quorum of the Illinois College Press Association board was on the call, asked Krause to get the instructor to speak at the next convention.

“You want those coming out of here with significant bills to pay to land that job that’s rich with bennies and job security, so we push that as hard as we can,” Plevka said, “but the reality is, there are significant freelance opportunities out there. As papers rely more and more on independent contractors to do a lot of heavy lifting, there’s experience to be had.”

Hendricks said she puts her students in “buckets,” including students who would thrive as freelancers, or covering a niche market such as law or aviation.

“Then you have a few who are so strong, they will be working for major legacy newspapers,” she said. “I’m here for those people, because society needs people of that caliber. There are also some people who won’t be able to make a career of it, honestly. For those people, I see my role as a citizen, and for the future of democracy, that my role for them is to help them be very aware news consumers. That they learn to think critically and be part of the discussion. That might be the only role The Northern Star has for them.”

Return
  • View all Illinois public notices 24 hours a day - publicnoticeillinois.com

QUICKLINKS

Member Log-In
Contact Us
Events
PressLines
Job Bank
Advertising Toolbox
Upload Pages

Regular Member Newspapers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Press Releases

 

 

Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau
hires new tourism manager


FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION
Aug. 16, 2021
Media Contact: Scott Dahl
217-789-2360, ext. 5531
scott.dahl@springfield.il.us

 

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau announces the hiring of a new Tourism Manager to lead the Springfield Visitors Center and tourism efforts for the City of Springfield.  

Sarah Waggoner will assume the position, held by Jeff Berg who has been with the SCVB for nearly two decades, beginning on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. Sarah brings an extensive résumé of tourism experience, most recently as tourism coordinator for the City of Litchfield. Most notably, she developed and oversaw the Litchfield Pickers Market, including coordination of the market, social media and marketing efforts. Additionally, her responsibilities included budget management, website functions and developing overall marketing strategies for the City of Litchfield tourism effort.
 
As tourism manager for Visit Springfield, Sarah will be tasked with managing the Visitors Center, serving as liaison to state and federal historical sites and institutions as well as all programming and scheduling for the History Comes Alive summer program, in its 13th year in 2022.  

About Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB) is the official destination marketing organization for the City of Springfield, Illinois. As a department of the City of Springfield, the SCVB markets the capital city as a unique convention, meeting and leisure destination in support of our City, our community and our hospitality partners.scott.dahl@springfield.il.us

# # #

For more information, or to schedule an interview with Scott Dahl, please call 217-789-2360, ext. 5531; 217-341-9802 or e-mail scott.dahl@springfield.il.us
 


 

 
 

Warbirds over Greenville, Illinois


FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION
Aug. 16, 2021
Craig Baumberger, member, Greenville Pilots Association
618-664-0926
craigbaumberger@yahoo.com


Airstravaganza 2021 will be held at the Greenville Illinois Airport on Oct. 9-10. The main attraction will be a visit by the Mitchell B-25 bomber and the Grumman TBM (torpedo bomber) of the Missouri wing of the Commemorative Air Force based at St Charles, Missouri. These aircraft will be on static display on Saturday, Oct. 9, and will be available for rides on Sunday, Oct. 10. This is a rare opportunity for the general public to purchase a trip aboard the B-25, the bomber that flew from the USS Hornet in 1942 to deliver the first retaliatory blow against the Japanese in World War II. Rides will also be available in the TBM, the largest single-engine military aircraft in World War II and the same type flown by President George H.W. Bush in the Pacific. This is a great opportunity to get a look up close at an important part of our military history.

Rides in the B-25 will cost $395. Five people at a time will ride, with the opportunity to move around the aircraft while in flight and check out the cockpit, bombardiers station, and the cramped quarters in the fuselage. TBM rides will cost $895. There will be a limited number of rides available, so they should be booked in advance. In addition to the warbirds, Waco biplane rides will be available if booked in advance. Cessna and helicopter rides will be available on Saturday, Oct. 9

For info and to reserve a flight, contact Kevin Blaney at 618-520-5362 or kfblaney@gmail.com. Mention "warbirds."

The event is supported by the Greenville Airport Authority and conducted by the Greenville Pilots Association/EAA Chapter 1382. For info or to volunteer, call Craig Baumberger at 618-322-3532 or the Greenville Airport at 618-664-0926. Also, check it out on Facebook or contact gaa@gmail.com. Greenville Airport is located approximately 5 miles south of Greenville on Illinois Route 127 at 1574 Sky Lane, Greenville.

# # #

 


 

 
 

 

 
 

Dr. Marcus Belin named first black president
of the Illinois Principals Association


FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION
June 30, 2021
Alison Maley, government and public relations director
217-299-3122
alison@ilprincipals.org

 

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Principals Association is proud to announce Dr. Marcus Belin, principal of Huntley High School in Huntley as association president for the 2021-2022 school term. Dr. Belin also becomes the first Black president of the Illinois Principals Association.

During Dr. Belin’s term of office, the Illinois Principals Association will celebrate its 50th anniversary, culminating with the organization’s annual conference Oct. 24-26 in Peoria.

“For the past 50 years, the Illinois Principals Association has developed a legacy in the state to support school leaders,” Dr. Belin said. “As we enter a year to celebrate a Legacy of Leaders, I am excited to see the continued focus on furthering the organization's focus on diversity, advocacy, and leadership at the local and national levels. This organization has developed a system of support to develop school leaders and will continue to be an integral part of strengthening the pipeline for school leadership. I am humbled to serve as the president of this organization.”

Dr. Jason Leahy, executive director for the Illinois Principals Association, adds, “Dr. Marcus Belin is an exceptional, student focused school leader. He possesses a contagious passion for creating an organizational environment, both in his school and the IPA, where everyone is provided the support and encouragement they need to thrive. As the IPA celebrates its 50th anniversary and our schools come out of the pandemic, the Association is fortunate to have Dr. Belin at the helm.”

Dr. Belin has most recently been recognized as one of three Digital Principals of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). At Huntley High School, Belin has overseen three years of Huntley’s blended competency-based learning program for in-person and online learning to enable students to master competencies in core subject areas. The school has also used technology to engage students in social-emotional learning lessons in topics such as anxiety and mental health.

Dr. Belin has been a member of the Illinois Principals Association since 2013. During this time, he has served as state legislative chairperson, Kishwaukee Region Membership chair, and Central Illinois Valley Region Membership chair. He began his career in education in 2010 as a fifth- and sixth-grade social studies teacher at Quest Charter Academy Middle School in Peoria and continued at Quest Charter Academy High School as dean of students/assistant principal through 2015. Dr. Belin later served as assistant principal of Dunlap High School in Dunlap and became principal of Huntley High School in 2018.

Dr. Marcus Belin resides in Huntley with his wife, Monique Belin, an elementary instructional coach in Huntley District #158, and their three children, Maliyah, Makenzie, and Mekhi. Dr. Belin received his Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and master’s degree in Education Administration from Bradley University, and his Doctoral degree from National Lewis University.

The Illinois Principals Association is a leadership organization which serves more than 6,000 educational leaders throughout the state of Illinois and whose mission is to develop, support, and advocate for innovative educational leaders. For more information about the IPA, please visit www.ilprincipals.org.
 

# # #


 

 

 
 

 
 

Illinois Principals Association names new executive board and board members


FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION
June 30, 2021
Alison Maley, government and public relations director
217-299-3122
alison@ilprincipals.org

 

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Principals Association, which serves more than 6,000 educational leaders throughout Illinois, announces the following school leaders to serve as the executive board for the IPA, effective July 1, 2021.

President – Dr. Marcus Belin, Huntley High School, Huntley

Immediate Past-President – Dr. Amy Dixon, Jefferson & Lincoln Attendance Centers, Carmi

President-Elect – Raúl Gastón, Jefferson Middle School, Villa Park

Treasurer – Craig Beals, Nuttall Middle School, Robinson

Secretary – Mandy Ellis, Dunlap Grade School, Dunlap

Other new board members include:

Marty Adams, principal of Hawthorn Elementary School, Salem, as state director for the Kaskaskia Region.

Dr. Bridget Belcastro, principal at Johnsburg Elementary School, Johnsburg, continues her service on the Board of Directors as Illinois representative for the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). Dr. Belcastro previously served as state director for the Kishwaukee Region.

Lori Bilbrey, Alternative/Safe Schools and Truancy Program administrator for Regional Office of Education #26, Macomb, as state director for the Western Region.

Michelle Chavers, principal at Limestone Middle School, Kankakee, as state director for the Three Rivers Region. Chavers previously served as region director for the Three Rivers Region.

Courtney DeMent, principal of Downers Grove North High School, Downers Grove, as state director for the DuPage Region. DeMent previously served as region director for the DuPage Region.

Terica Doyle, assistant principal at Carbondale Community High School, Carbondale, joins the Board of Directors as membership chair. Doyle was previously recognized as IPA Shawnee Region Assistant Principal of the Year in 2017.

Sean German, principal at Argenta-Oreana High School, Oreana, continues his service as Illinois coordinator for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). German previously served as president of the association (2015-2016) and state director for the Abe Lincoln Region.

Heidi Lensing, principal at Eagle Ridge School, Silvis, continues her service on the Board of Directors as legislative chair. Lensing previously served as state director for the Blackhawk Region.

Chris Rice, principal of Meade Park Elementary School, Danville, as state director for the Illini Region.

Arturo Senteno, associate principal of instruction at Elk Grove High School, Elk Grove Village, as representative to the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB).

The Illinois Principals Association is a leadership organization which serves more than 6,000 educational leaders throughout the state of Illinois and whose mission is to develop, support, and advocate for innovative educational leaders. For more information about the IPA, please visit www.ilprincipals.org.

# # #


 

 
 

 
 

Principals from across the nation to gather in Chicago for NAESP's 100th anniversary celebration and Pre-K-8 principals conference

After a year of uncertainty, principals will come together in person
to prepare for post-pandemic leadership
 


MEDIA ADVISORY
June 28, 2021
Kaylen Tucker, NAESP
703-518-6257
ktucker@naesp.org

 

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia — Elementary and middle-level principals from across the nation will gather July 8-10 in Chicago for the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Pre-K–8 Principals Conference. The conference is a significant one in the history of public education — marking 100 years of service for the association and a return to relative normalcy after a year of school closures due to COVID-19. Learn more at www.naespconference.org.

#NAESP21 is the largest national conference for elementary and middle-level principals. With a laser focus on Pre-K through grade 8 school leaders, the conference will address topics aligned to the Professional Standards for Education Leaders, such as equity, engagement, and building professional capacity.

Preconference activities begin July 7 with sessions geared toward assistant principals, early career principals, and veteran principals. Visit the conference website for a full list of sessions. Highlights of this year’s conference will include:

Insight from Education Experts. Some of the brightest minds in education will share fresh thinking and innovative strategies to return to in-person learning this fall. Keynote speakers are Baruti Kafele, a highly regarded urban educator who has distinguished himself as a master teacher and a transformational school leader; Ruby Payne, an educator and author best known for her work on the culture of poverty and its relation to education; and Dan Heath, who is an innovative business thought leader and The New York Times best-selling author.

A Century of NAESP. In 2021, NAESP celebrates 100 years as a member association — and launches into its next century as the largest community for elementary and middle-level principals. On this landmark occasion, we embrace our rich history and generate momentum toward our exciting future. Learn more about NAESP history.

Honoring the Nation’s Best Principals and Assistant Principals. NAESP is pleased to honor the 2020 class of NAESP National Distinguished Principals as well as the 2020 and 2021 classes of National Outstanding Assistant Principals.

The Centers for Advancing Leadership. Learn about the Centers for Diversity Leadership, Innovative Leadership, Women in Leadership, and Middle-Level Leadership through highly energetic sessions led by the center fellows. These sessions will enable conference attendees to expand their principal networks and share innovative ideas they have used to move their leadership and their schools well beyond the status quo.

The conference experience will also feature an Exhibit Hall, which includes industry-leading vendors with innovative services and products for schools.

Conference attendees will share their experiences on social media using the hashtag #NAESP21.

For more information on NAESP’s annual conference, visit www.naespconference.org. Contact Kaylen Tucker (ktucker@naesp.org) for press credentials or interviews.

# # #

Contact:
Principals are the primary catalysts for creating lasting foundations for learning. Since 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) has been the leading advocate for elementary and middle-level principals in the U.S.and worldwide. NAESP advances the profession by developing policy, advancing advocacy, and providing professional learning and resources for instructional leadership, including specialized support and mentoring for early career principals. Key focus areas include pre-K–3 education, school safety, technology and digital learning, and effective educator evaluation. For more information about NAESP, please visit www.naesp.org.


 

 

 
 

 

 

C. Lynn Mason, President and CEO, Broadstep Behavioral Health

 
 

Broadstep acquires Bethesda residential and support programs in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin
 


June 23, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

RALEIGH, North Carolina – Broadstep Behavioral Health, serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and severe persistent mental illness (SPMI), acquired Bethesda Lutheran Communities’ residential and support programs in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Broadstep is a portfolio company of Bain Capital’s Double Impact fund.
 
“We are pleased to welcome Bethesda team members and the individuals they serve into the Broadstep family,” said Lynn Mason, Broadstep’s president and CEO. “Together, we look forward to addressing the many challenges facing behavioral health care and continuing to improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – a mission established by Bethesda almost 120 years ago.”
 
Bethesda Lutheran Communities (BLC) provides services and support for those diagnosed with I/DD through community-based homes, day programs, at-home life skills development, job placement, and behavioral support. By acquiring BLC homes in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, Broadstep continues its expansion of residential services in the Midwest, following on the heels of the acquisition of Good Hope Manor in Wisconsin in December.
 
The Case for Inclusion, released annually by the Ancor Foundation and United Cerebral Palsy, reveals a waiting list for housing and services of more than 26,000 people in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin ­– and more than 470,000 people nationwide. Rising costs, low medical reimbursements, reduced revenue from other sources, and the COVID-19 pandemic have adversely impacted programs for individuals with I/DD.
 
According to a report by the KUNI Foundation published by Spectrum Life Magazine, “People with intellectual and developmental disabilities face a housing crisis.” Supply is not meeting demand in the United States.
 
“There are so many individuals that need help,” said Mason, named president and CEO of Broadstep in 2019. “Behavioral health is still a segment of the population that is largely forgotten. That’s not where they should be. Individuals with low IQs are not only challenged with their learning disability, many also struggle with behavioral health disorders that have never been addressed. At Broadstep, I believe we can build the right continuum of care and align with great community partners, health systems, and payers to help address these needs.”
 
According to Dr. Scott Huntington, Ph.D., Broadstep’s chief clinical officer and former corrections system psychologist, undiagnosed and untreated behavioral health disabilities weigh heavily on the judicial system, with many individuals in prison. “Putting their quality of life in jail aside for a moment, the cost to keep and treat individuals in prison is three times the amount of those not incarcerated. This person, this child, this adult, is struggling, and we believe we have the opportunity within this health care system and with our partners to tackle these challenges. We want to make sure they can live a good quality, productive life and be an additive back to their communities.”
 
When access to care is provided to this population, the positive impact is undeniable. According to a recent study by the American Journal on Public Health, Americans living with disabilities with no home support system receive less preventive care, have a higher incidence of chronic conditions, and visit the hospital and emergency department more often — leading to much higher health care spending than for the average adult.
 
About Broadstep Behavioral Health
Founded in Wisconsin in 1972, Broadstep Behavioral Health provides a continuum of physical, emotional, and mental support for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness, and co-occurring disorders. Broadstep offers a range of support programs, including residential group homes, specialized schools for children, and vocational and day programs that help foster life skills development and realize social and professional potential. Broadstep Behavioral Health operates in seven states (Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Wisconsin).  Visit www.broadstep.com to learn more.
 
About Bain Capital Double Impact (BCDI)
Bain Capital Double Impact is the impact investing strategy of Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm. Applying Bain Capital’s value-added approach to impact investing, BCDI partners with companies to scale their growth and impact to solve critical social problems alongside a financial return. BCDI’s areas of focus are health and wellness, sustainability, and education and workforce development. BCDI was named 2020’s Global Impact Investment Fund of the Year by London-based Private Equity International.
Visit www.BainCapitalDoubleImpact.com to learn more.

# # #

Contact:
John Tote, VP of Business Development
Broadstep Behavioral Health
jtote@broadstep.com
919-219-3944
 
Permission granted for redistribution
 
#Broadstep #Bethesda #BainCapital #NorthCarolina #Wisconsin #Illinois #Indiana #SouthCarolina #NewJersey #Nebraska #Boston #IntellectualDevelopmentalDisabilities #IDD #Autism #MentalIllness #LynnMason #DoubleImpactFund #JohnTote #ImpactFund
 
Robert Butler – Communications & Public Relations ­– www.RBButler.com

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Disaster Checklist for Newspapers

Click Image to Find the IPA Disaster Checklist!