Southern Illinois and Southwestern Indiana Respiratory Disease Program
Call Toll Free: (866) 252-9732
Through our program, coal miners receive assistance with the diagnosis (finding the cause of illness) and treatment of black lung disease and other breathing disorders. Appointments are preferred.
Our services are FREE
The Southern Illinois and Southwestern Indiana Respiratory Disease Program provides the following:
- Federal Black Lung Application
- Black Lung Widow’s Claim
- Case Management
- Patient Education
- Social Security Disability Application
- Community Resource Referrals
- Home Visits on Request
What is Black Lung Disease?
Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis (CWP) is a term given to any lung disease caused by dusts that are breathed in and then deposited deep in the lungs causing damage. Pneumoconiosis is usually considered an occupational lung disease and includes asbestosis, silicosis, and Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis, also known as “Black Lung Disease”. –(American Lung Association)
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptoms are cough and shortness of breath. The risk is generally higher when people have been exposed to coal dust in large amounts or for a long period of time.
Illinois Offices and Outreach Sites:
6355 Brandhorst Drive, Carterville, IL
7 South Hospital Drive, Murphysboro, IL
Benton UMWA Office
1530 North Main Street, Benton, IL
Golden Circle/Smith-Moore Center
15 Veterans Drive, Harrisburg, IL
Hayer Senior Center
500 West 2nd St., Sparta, IL
Indiana Offices and Outreach Sites:
Southwestern IN Respiratory Disease Program
2901 Ohio Blvd, Suite 235, Terre Haute, IN
Gibson General Hospital
1808 Sherman Drive, Princeton, IN
Glenburn Community Center
509 Glenburn Road, Linton, IN