Heartland Human Services


New board members will be Mike Defend and Jenny Seachrist.
Defend is the president of Crossroads Bank in Effingham and brings with him an extensive career in regional banking.
Seachrist is the Special Programs Director for Effingham Unit 40 School District and provides a key networking resource between the agency and the schools.
(Left to right: Mike Defend and Jenny Seachrist)
“We are quite pleased to be able to attract individuals of Jenny and Mike’s caliber to the Heartland board,” said board president, Kaye Dent. “We look forward to their guidance and stewardship as we carry out Heartland’s vital mission of providing behavioral health services to the Effingham region.”

More information about Heartland Human Services can be found at www.heartlandhs.org, on Facebook, or by calling 217-347-7179.

Heartland Human Services, Effingham’s behavioral health agency for 45 years, recently held its annual meeting and retired two board members.
Lisa Norton served on the Heartland board for six years and was the secretary/treasurer.
Tim Spitz served the Heartland board for three years and was most recently the board president.
(Left to right: Tim Spitz, Lisa Norton, and Executive Director Jeff Bloemker)
“Citizens being willing to serve on the Heartland board is critical and imperative for the agency to carry out its mission.  State regulations, financial audits, and health care accrediting bodies require it,” stated Heartland executive director, Jeff Bloemker.  “Tim Spitz and Lisa Norton both served as officers on the board and have done a great job for the agency.  We truly appreciate their stewardship.”

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Heartland Renews Relationship With SIU

EFFINGHAM, IL-   Heartland Human Services, a local behavioral health and counseling agency, recently announced it has renewed its partnership with the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. 

The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, located in Springfield, IL, has created a Memory and Aging Network that is comprised of community-based health service providers in downstate Illinois.  The resulting interconnected team of experts is dedicated to serving individuals with memory problems.  Staff is particularly trained to evaluate individuals with memory loss or other cognitive complaints.  The network provides counseling, referrals, and education.

“This strategic partnership has been a mutually beneficial relationship for more than 8 years,” says Heartland’s Director of Geriatric Services, Linda Warner.  “The healthcare professionals at SIU School of Medicine have been great to work with as we make inroads into understanding the challenges of dementia.  This is important work and we are proud to be a part of it.”

More information about the SIU Memory and Aging Network can be had by calling 217-545-7181 or by visiting www.siumed.edu/alz.

More information about Heartland Human Services can be had by calling 217-347-7179 or by visiting www.heartlandhs.org.

Amy Barnes Honored At Heartland!!

CONGRATULATIONS to Amy Barnes being named the recipient of this quarter’s Employee Recognition Award!

By decree of the Cultural Review Committee, Amy Barnes has been named the recipient of this quarter’s Employee Recognition Award.  Amy is the Outpatient Program Secretary/Scheduler.  The CRC feels Amy is very kind and caring with our clients and provides great customer service, is very organized and on top of things, and is a real problem-solver.  The team also appreciates Amy’s commitment to the well-being of the agency by the way she is assisting in Reception.  For this recognition Amy will receive a gift basket, a certificate for lunch, a press release, and access to the prestigious Honored Employee Parking Spot.

Well done, Amy!! 

We’re glad you’re on our team!

More information about Heartland Human Services can be found by calling 217-347-7179 or at www.heartlandhs.org.

Photo Caption:  Debbie Orr (right) presents the Heartland Human Services Employee Recognition Award to Amy Barnes (left)..