Posted by: Lori Laughlin - September, 7th 2018 @ 12:10 pm




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                              September 6, 2018


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CHICAGO – Joan Hartman, Vice President of Behavioral Health for Bloomington-based Chestnut Health Systems, today was presented with the George Schwab Distinguished Service Award by the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health (IABH). The presentation came at the IABH annual conference in Chicago.

            The award recognizes an individual who has provided the greatest service to the association in a given year. It is in memory of George Schwab, a former association president, who symbolized the sacrifice and commitment of professionals in the field. Nominees have made significant personal contributions to IABH and to the behavioral healthcare field and have contributed leadership and expertise in the development of public policy. “Joan was instrumental in negotiating bills pertaining to behavioral health in Springfield during the 2018 legislative session,” said Sara Howe, Chief Executive Officer, IABH. Hartman also chaired two IABH committees and one sub-committee. “We simply could not have been a strong, successful association without her leadership,” said Howe.

            Hartman, of Normal, oversees adult and adolescent substance use disorder treatment services for all Chestnut locations, and school-based behavioral health services, as well as detox and outpatient services for Chestnut in the central region. She has worked for the organization for 11 years.


About IABH

Established in 1967, IABH is a statewide organization representing addiction and mental illness prevention, treatment and recovery service agencies, staff, consumers, affiliated organizations, and corporations.


About Chestnut

Chestnut Health Systems is a not for profit organization that has provided behavioral health care services to residents of Central and Southern Illinois for more than four decades. A leading provider of substance use treatment and prevention, Chestnut also provides mental health counseling, primary health care, housing, credit counseling, and substance use related research, training, and publications. More at