Chestnut Health Systems in Bloomington, IL

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(2.2 of 5)
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720 W. Chestnut St.
Bloomington IL 61701

Chestnut Health Systems Philosophy

Chestnut Health Systems at Maryville provides individualized residential and outpatient programs for adults and adolescents. Research-based, holistic treatment programs address both substance abuse and co-occurring mental health conditions, and are designed to help clients achieve and maintain long-term recovery. Treatment programs feature 12-Step meetings, communication strategies, problem-solving skills and anger management.

Areas of Specialization

  • Intensive Out Patient (IOP)
    Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.

  • Family Program
    Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.

Facility Highlights

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Partial Hospitalization

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Operating for more than 40 years, the Illinois-based Chestnut Health Systems is one of Illinois’ 343 private, non-profit treatment organizations. It provides a full continuum of treatment services for adults and adolescents seeking treatment for substance abuse, psychiatric disorders, and co-occurring mental health disorders.

The Bloomington location is one of nine service centers in the Chestnut Health network, and offers residential and outpatient treatment services for adults adolescents ages 13-18. Additional centers can be found nearby as well as in Central Illinois and around Chicago. Detox is not available on-site.


Chestnut Health Systems is one of 168 facilities in the state that offer programs specifically for adolescents. The facility utilizes a researched-based assessment tool called the Global Assessment of Individual Needs (GAIN) to create individualized treatment plans for its adolescent clientele. That way, all of the treatment plans are tailored to the individual needs of each client, including specialized treatment approaches for younger clients.

Introduced in an age-appropriate manner, the 12-Step model of recovery is central to the overall program curriculum. Nearly 73 percent of the treatment facilities in the U.S. use the 12-Step program for its structured approach and long-term treatment methods. Other treatment components include individual, group, family counseling, and recreational therapy.

The residential program is one of the 59 long-term, non-hospital programs in the state with treatment typically lasting 60 to 90 days. It focuses on addiction education, communication development, relapse prevention, life skills, decision-making, anger management, and meeting 12-step goals. Family involvement plays a key role in programming. The organization encourages loved ones to participate in weekly educational seminars and family counseling sessions.

To promote physical health, the facility has a full-sized gymnasium, and youth-specific recreational activities are offered daily, as well as meditation. Maryville also provides a variety of on-site school services and G.E.D classes.

Chestnut Health Systems offers aftercare planning, and many residential graduates choose to attend the Maryville facility’s outpatient programs, which include standard outpatient (OP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) options as step-down services. Individuals in the IOP program must attend six to 13 hours of weekly individual or group counseling.

Chestnut Health Systems’ network of facilities also includes an adolescent and young men’s recovery residential home in Bloomington. Upon completing residential treatment, adolescents may opt to reside at the Bloomington facility for two months up to two years to help ensure sustained sobriety and behavioral stability.


Chestnut Health Systems is one of the 149 facilities in Illinois accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Along with its team of master’s-level therapists and registered clinicians, the facility employs psychiatrists, nurses, recreational coordinators, and case managers.

Chestnut Health Systems also features a research division, Lighthouse Institute. Through ongoing research, training, consultation, and program evaluation, this institute’s mission is to continually improve the practices and techniques of the network's treatment programs.


Chestnut Health Systems has gender-specific housing facilities. Clients have access to services at all times, including medical supervision and counselors. The facility has fitness areas including a gym and various places for outdoor activity. Classrooms are multipurpose as they are used for educational programs, meditation, group meetings, and academic services. Academic services are offered to all clients so that they can stay on track in school.


Three former clients of Chestnut Health Systems have provided with feedback to date. All three gave just one out of five stars for treatment effectiveness and accommodations. Reviewers disagreed about meals and nutrition with one awarding four out of five stars and the other two giving the lowest possible rating of one star. A.R. noted that the facility "Needs better staff." The other alum, Y.J., added: "They are under staffed. The employee turnover rate is very high."

Secondary sources revealed positive opinions of the facility. On Google, eight individuals gave the facility an average rating of 4.1 out of five stars[1]. "The staff were wonderful- compassionate, skilled, efficient & so helpful. They gave me the tools I needed to recover," Linda, a representative reviewer, wrote.


The single loved one to provide feedback to to date, J.A., gave the facility five out of five stars for meals and nutrition, and four stars for treatment effectiveness as well as accommodations and amenities. They shared with that the facility "offered weekly family meetings."


On Indeed, 65 reviewers gave ratings that average 3.3 out of five stars for the network as a whole.[2] Several employees indicated that it is a good entry level job for professionals “just out of college.” There is some feedback centered on how there are good employees and bad employees within the organization and that the organization’s mission is “extremely rewarding.”

On Glassdoor, Chestnut Health Systems as a whole earned an average of 2.8 out of five stars from 39 reviews.[3] Many employees indicated that the compensation “is much lower than what it should be” and that employees aren’t provided with enough training.


Chestnut Health Systems accepts most major private insurance plans, and is one of the 330 Illinois facilities that accept Medicaid. It also accepts other state-financed insurance and self-payment.


Chestnut Health Systems is expanding its operations to serve children in other communities. It received federal grant funds to be able to provide services for children involved in drug use or crime.

[1] GoogleReviews

Published on December 2018

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Very unprofessional staff, They don't work with the children or their issues. They don't communicate with each other to know the needs of the children. These children need help not a prison like atmosphere. Staff disrespect the kids. Staff doesn't seem trained to deal with drug related issues or mental health issues

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Needs better staff

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This facility is a fake. It is nothing like their website says. They are under staffed. The employee turnover rate is very high. The staff is very unprofessional especially the 3rd shift staff. The staff is very un experienced. The staff in both the boy's & girl's unit treat the clients like inmates. The classes given every Thurs are not helpful at all. It's a waste of time because all it consist of is everyone taking a turn reading out loud. The director is very cocky. The list goes on. I would not reccomend this facility!

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Offered weekly family meetings.

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