Monthly Archives: September 2011

September edition of the Rosecrance eNewsletter available

The September edition of the Rosecrance eNewsletter is now available. The eNewsletter features Cooking Up Hope, the Art of Healing art gallery and two training opportunities.

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In the news: 'Cooking Up Hope' featured in Naperville Sun

The Naperville Sun published a feature on Rosecrance’s Cooking Up Hope.

From the article:

“All proceeds from the event will be used to help the families of Chicago-area teens get into treatment,” Emerson said in an email. “Last year we raised more than $40,000 for treatment at this one event and this year, the goal is $75,000.”

Sportscaster and foundation board member Dave Kaplan is scheduled to be the event’s emcee, and eight of last year’s participating eateries will return this time. Among them is Kuma J. Kim, who owns Kuma’s Asian Bistro in downtown Naperville. She met a teen recovering from addiction in the Rosecrance program at last year’s benefit, when he was assigned to be her helper.

Tickets for Cooking Up Hope are still available and can be purchased here. The event is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at the Naperville Country Club.

Read the complete article here.

Clients express struggles, triumphs at 'Art of Healing'

In honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Rosecrance and Barnes & Noble are sponsoring the “Art of Healing” art gallery this October at the bookstore at CherryVale Mall. This is the seventh time Rosecrance has sponsored a gallery of artwork produced by mental health clients and the first time artwork by substance abuse clients has been displayed.

About 40 pieces of artwork will be on display beginning Oct. 1, the same day as the second annual Mental Health Fair in the mall.

Mental health clients are submitting small- and medium-size pieces (8 x 10 and smaller), while substance abuse clients are submitting three-to-six large pieces that were produced as a group.

An artists’ reception will be held Friday, October 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Barnes & Noble. This reception is a part of RAAC Art Scene, which also takes place Saturday, October 15, from 3 through 7 p.m. Artwork produced by mental health clients will be for sale during Art Scene. Food and specialty drinks will be available during Art Scene such as Mental Health Mocha, Stigma Stinger, Hope Float and Recovery Roast.

More events at Barnes & Noble from Oct. 1 to Oct. 16.
• Story time for children on Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. and Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.
• A book fair in conjunction with Art Scene times, Friday, Oct. 14, through Sunday, Oct. 16. All sales that utilize the special book fair voucher will provide a 10% cash back to Rosecrance.
• Special displays of mental health, wellness and recovery-related books throughout the store from Oct. 1 through Oct. 16.

Rosecrance, Winnebago County collaborate on Youth Recovery Court

Rosecrance and Winnebago County Juvenile Probation will collaborate on a new $250,000 Youth Recovery Court, the first of its kind in Illinois.

The collaboration will serve youths ages 10-17 in juvenile delinquency court who have committed nonviolent offenses and have a serious mental illness, a history of trauma or mental disorders coupled with substance abuse problem. A three-year grant was awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

From U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin:

“This funding will help Winnebago County achieve outcomes for nonviolent, mentally ill juvenile offenders that reduce recidivism, promote recovery and help keep families together.”

According to the official 17th Judicial Circuit Court statement, the next step is a six-month planning phase before an official start date of April 1, 2012.

Download the official 17th Judicial Circuit Court statement
See coverage from Rockford Register Star
See coverage from WREX-13

Drug deaths outnumber traffic fatalities in U.S., data show

Propelled by an increase in prescription narcotic overdoses, drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in the United States, a Los Angeles Times analysis of government data has found.

In a Sept. 17 article by the Los Angeles Times, data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is analyzed to find that at least 37,485 people died from drugs nationwide in 2009.

From the article:

While most major causes of preventable death are declining, drugs are an exception. The death toll has doubled in the last decade, now claiming a life every 14 minutes. By contrast, traffic accidents have been dropping for decades because of huge investments in auto safety.

Public health experts have used the comparison to draw attention to the nation’s growing prescription drug problem, which they characterize as an epidemic. This is the first time that drugs have accounted for more fatalities than traffic accidents since the government started tracking drug-induced deaths in 1979.

Read the complete Los Angeles Times article.

In the news: Coverage of Rosecrance Ware Center renaming

There were several articles in the news Thursday about the renaming of the Rosecrance Ware Center.

The Rockford Register Star posted an in-depth piece about the ceremony, as well as an update on the merger in general, here. has a short story on the event, as well as video coverage of the renaming ceremony, here.

Rosecrance renames downtown building to honor Frank Ware

Download this news release as a PDF

ROCKFORD – Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton announced today that the downtown Janet Wattles Center building will be renamed the “Rosecrance Ware Center” to honor the agency’s longtime director, Frank Ware, who died unexpectedly in February.

At an event held outside the newly dedicated Rosecrance Ware Center at 526 W. State Street, Eaton also announced that the mental health services agency has formally merged into Rosecrance, effective today.

The innovative merger makes Rosecrance the state’s most comprehensive network of behavioral health services, delivering treatment for individuals with substance use and mental health disorders.

“It feels right to name this building in honor of Frank Ware, who dedicated his entire career to improving the lives of people with serious mental illness,” Eaton said. “When Frank died in February, we already had linked our agencies and we were working on the steps that have led to the official merger.

“The goal is the same now as it was then — to be at the forefront of integrating services in order to improve care for individuals who need treatment for addiction, mental illness or both conditions.”

Eaton emphasized that, under the merger, Rosecrance will continue the mission of serving individuals with serious, chronic mental illness.

“Our intent is not only to continue that mission but to grow it,” he said. “For 22 years, Frank was the conscience of our community when it came to providing respectful care to people who are too often stigmatized and pushed to the margins.

“When others didn’t want to see them, Frank looked them in the eye, sat down beside them and listened to what they needed.”

The two organizations began combining operations on Jan. 1, 2011, under a formal “affiliation.” Although Rosecrance became the parent company at that point, each entity retained separate corporate status. Now, the former Wattles organization is part of Rosecrance.

The new organization will have one board of directors. Members of the former Janet Wattles Center Board of Directors will join the Rosecrance Board.

Since the affiliation went into effect in January, the two organizations have made strides in merging some functions of their operations to improve efficiency, including Human Resources, Information Technology and Finance. Already, Eaton said, there have been savings in purchasing and in negotiating for services such as insurance.

In addition, the organization has made progress toward integrating programs and creating new services to treat people with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

The event at the Rosecrance Ware Center featured several speakers who gave tributes to Frank Ware. All spoke of his passion for improving access to treatment and reducing stigma for people with mental illness.

Ware died on Feb. 13, 2011, 22 years to the day from when he took over leadership of Janet Wattles Center. At the time of his death, he and Eaton were in the process of integrating the two companies’ operations to better serve the community.


Judy Emerson
Director of Communications
Rosecrance Health Network
1021 N. Mulford Road
Rockford, IL 61107
815.387.5605 (office); 815.262.4685 (cell)

About Rosecrance
Rosecrance is a private not-for-profit organization offering behavioral health services for children, adolescents, adults and families. Rosecrance provides addiction treatment through inpatient and outpatient programs in Rockford and offers services at five satellite offices in the Chicago area. In addition, Rosecrance provides community mental health services in Rockford and Belvidere. Rosecrance and its affiliates serve more than 13,000 families each year.

Rosecrance Cooking Up Hope event set for Oct. 2 in Naperville

Cooking Up Hope 2011 - Naperville


Cooking Up Hope
A tasting of culinary delights from the best restaurants and chefs in the western suburbs, featuring celebrity host David Kaplan.


Enjoy the cuisine of these great restaurants:
Casey's Foods
Hugo's Frog Bar and Fish House
Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Kuma's Asian Bistro
Labriola Bakery Cafe
Naperville Country Club
Tasso's Greek Cuisine
Yerbabuena Mexican Cuisine
Zak's Place


Tickets are $125. Proceeds from this event will provide charity care to help area youth and their families who seek substance abuse treatment at Rosecrance.


We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.