Monthly Archives: November 2011

Rosecrance alters adolescent treatment schedule in response to sleep data

Rosecrance Chief Medical Officer Dr. Thomas Wright has authored an article for the trade publication Addiction Professional.

The article examines recent efforts by Rosecrance to adapt the daily schedule to the natural circadian rhythm of teenagers in treatment.

From the article:

In October 2010, our staff began systematically studying this issue and looking at how the night-owl pattern of adolescent patients might be affecting their treatment and recovery. Further, we asked ourselves: Is there a way to bend to circadian rhythm reality and improve treatment at the same time?

Our eventual decision to revise the treatment schedule to allow Rosecrance’s teen patients to sleep longer had a top-to-bottom impact on the treatment program at the campus, which is the largest adolescent inpatient program in Illinois.

The four-month process we used to get there, which involved leadership, clinical and support staff, and patients, presented an opportunity for everyone on campus to step back and review what we were doing and what we might change to offer teens the best opportunity for lasting recovery.

Read the complete Addiction Professional article here.

Rosecrance's Eaton receives 2011 Alumnus of the Year Award from Trinity

Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton, left, receives the 2011 Trinity College Alumnus of the Year Award from Dr. Robert Herron, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, during a ceremony in October.

Annual award presented during Trinity’s Homecoming & Family Weekend

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ROCKFORD – Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton has been named the 2011 Alumnus of the Year by his alma mater, Trinity College, a school of Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL.

Dr. Robert Herron, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Trinity College, presented the award to Eaton at a ceremony during the university’s annual Homecoming & Family Weekend in October.

The award comes at the 40th anniversary of Eaton’s graduation from Trinity. He received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 1971. Eaton went on to get a Master of Science in Community Mental Health from Northern Illinois University.

In accepting the award, Eaton reflected on experiences before and during his time at Trinity that led to his long career in the helping professions. His childhood church group had served the homeless at Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago. Later, during his college years at Trinity, a field placement at Lydia Children’s Home in Chicago deepened his commitment to human services and made him more aware of the needs of children and the importance of child welfare agencies.

“I had a growing and compelling sense of being grateful for what I had, as my eyes became more open to seeing that not all children were as fortunate as I was to have a good childhood and supportive family,” he said.

While at Trinity, Eaton met and married Cherri Hulstrand, also a Trinity student. The two have been married 41 years. They have a son, Christopher.

The award coincides with Eaton’s 40 years at Rosecrance, who joined the organization as a social worker right out of college in 1971. At the time, Rosecrance served adolescents with behavioral problems. He became executive director in 1982, the year the agency formally changed its mission to serve youth with chemical dependency. He was named president/CEO in 1990.

In naming Eaton Trinity’s Alumnus of the Year, the college recognized him for his ongoing leadership in the behavioral health field, which is poised for more change given healthcare reform and parity legislation.

Through the years, Eaton has been an officer or board member for many professional groups, and he continues to hold numerous leadership roles. Those affiliations include: National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers; Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association; Northern Illinois Chemical Dependency Services Network; American College of Addiction Treatment Administrators; Rockford Health Council; Winnebago County Crime Commission; Northern Illinois University College of Health and Human Sciences Advisory Board; and the Joint Commission Behavioral Health Advisory Board.


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 more than 13,000 children, adolescents, adults and families each year. Rosecrance provides addiction treatment through inpatient and outpatient programs in the Rockford area and services at five satellite offices in Chicagoland. In addition, Rosecrance offers community mental health services in Rockford and Belvidere.

In the news: Rosecrance veterans' campaign a success

Rosecrance’s successful $1 million campaign for a new co-occurring disorders unit has received a lot of attention since it was announced Thursday.

• WIFR-23 had two stories on the campaign, which can be found here and here.
WREX-13 covered the event, too.
The Rock River Times also covered it.
The Rockford Register Star posted an article about the campaign the day after.

Rosecrance completes campaign for veterans, others with dual disorders

Rosecrance President/CEO Philip Eaton and Rep. Chuck Jefferson, D-Rockford, pose for a photo at Rosecrance’s Veteran’s Priority Unit (V.I.P.) open house event on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011.

14 new beds serve patients with substance use and mental health disorders

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ROCKFORD – Rosecrance this week celebrated the completion of a $1 million campaign to build a new treatment unit to serve veterans and others who suffer from co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

The 14-bed unit, located on the third floor of the Harrison Adult Campus, has served 90 patients since it opened in February. About one-third of those patients were U.S. military veterans. Because of their unique sacrifices for our country, vets and their family members receive priority admission to treatment through the new program.

The fundraising campaign reached goal only recently with the release of previously committed funds from the State of Illinois and with a gift from the people of Winnebago County through the County Board. The day room on the unit was a gift of Woodward, also a lead donor to the project.

A large display on the unit recognizes those gifts, as well as leadership donations from many other corporations and individuals, including The Beloit Foundation; Bergstrom Inc. Charitable Foundation; Kelley Williamson Company; Kerry Ingredients & Flavours, Americas Region; Williams Manny Inc.; Jean A. Castle; Bob and Patty Rhea; Rockford ProAm; Rosecrance Staff; Smith Charitable Foundation; and Stenstrom Family Foundation.

Philip W. Eaton, President/CEO of Rosecrance, said the organization started construction on the new treatment space before all the funds were raised.

“We knew the need for treatment among veterans who suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) combined with substance abuse was immediate and increasing,” Eaton said.

“When our board members voted unanimously to make this leap to serve our vets, they were confident that the community would step up to help, and they were right.

“We are very, very grateful to every company and individual who made a donation to help these vets and their families find the way back home from war.”

The much-publicized issues of substance abuse and PTSD among troops returning from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan drove creation of the new treatment unit at Rosecrance. It is estimated that at least one in five military personnel return home from serving in the combat zones with PTSD, major depression or another mental health issue that makes them more prone to substance abuse, domestic violence and suicide.

The Pentagon has reported that more U.S. troops were hospitalized in 2009 for substance abuse, PTSD, depression and anxiety than for physical injuries due to combat.

Rosecrance’s Harrison Adult Campus is one of the largest inpatient treatment centers in Illinois. The campus offers 73 residential treatment beds and 24 beds for detoxification services.


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

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

Veterans honored at Rosecrance event

Rosecrance staff members and adult patients in treatment observed Veterans Day with a ceremony at the Harrison Adult Treatment Center. The event featured comments by a decorated veteran of the war in Iraq who came to Rosecrance for treatment.

Nick M. suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism. The Purple Heart recipient was one of the first patients to be treated through Rosecrance’s new program for individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. He spoke of his pride in having been able to serve our country and his gratitude for being able to access recovery at Rosecrance. Nick, who successfully completed treatment, is trying to put his life back together while he lives in a Rosecrance recovery home.

Leading the ceremony was counselor Diana Rudeen, a dedicated member of the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary who is in line to be the organization’s state president. Boy Scout Troop 141 presented the colors and, also, demonstrated the proper way to fold a US. flag in the traditional 13-step triangular shape.

The ceremony included recognition of about a half-dozen patients who are veterans of the U.S. military and dozens of staffers and their loved ones who have served.

Rosecrance employees raised funds from within their ranks to help build the new inpatient treatment unit where veterans receive priority admission. The program opened in February 2011.

Rosecrance President/CEO Philip Eaton, moved to tears by the ceremony, thanked staff and patients who served in the military. He reminded all present of the many blessings we have living in a free country. This is the second year Rosecrance has held a special Veterans Day event.

Video: Rosecrance unveils new PSAs in Chicagoland

Rosecrance has unveiled two new public service announcements as part of a campaign in Chicagoland.

One spot is 30 seconds long. The other is two minutes.

The PSAs, produced by Oak Brook Productions, will run through the holiday season on WGN and CLTV in Chicago. Viewers in the Rockford market also may be able to view the spots, depending their television service provider.

View the public service announcements below:

November edition of the Rosecrance enewsletter available

The November edition of the Rosecrance enewsletter is now available. This issue features a new screening guide from the NIAAA, information on “designer” drugs like K2, spice and bath salts, a visit from Miss Illinois and an upcoming training opportunity.

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Toxicologist stresses dangers of new 'designer' drugs

About a dozen local law enforcement officers joined more than 50 Rosecrance staff on Oct. 28 for a training at the Rosecrance Harrison Campus about the dangerous “designer drug” K-2/Spice, often sold as “bath salts.”

Presenter Amy Miles, a forensic toxicologist for the State of Wisconsin, stressed that there is no reliable research on the effects of these new drugs, which have become popular among teens and adults alike. She reported on her observations in controlled lab tests with subjects who use the drugs, but most information comes from law enforcement officers, she said.

The drug often looks like organic material resembling potpourri or marijuana. It has been treated with a synthetic drug of various chemical properties and strengths. The effects, while unpredictable, include seizures, hallucinations, euphoria, disorientation, increased heart rate and blood pressure, paranoia, poor perception of time and distance, irritability, restlessness, body tremors and aches, profuse sweating, violent behavior and combativeness.

“People are taking them and they are not really sure what the effects are,” Miles said.

The drug packages may be labeled “not for human consumption,” Miles said, but those instructions are ignored as the synthetic drugs are baked into food products, smoked, snorted or injected. The drugs also may be converted to pill or liquid form. Ingredients in some of the early generation of the so-called bath salts were made illegal in both Wisconsin and Illinois. In response, Miles said, drug manufacturers have been busy altering the chemical structure of the illegal drugs to create loopholes that keep the products on the market. Some of the illegal drug manufacturers are trained chemists, she said.

Rosecrance Access Coordinator Craig Riehle said the organization is treating a growing number of patients who have used these drugs.

They can be obtained at some convenience stories or so-called “headshops.” Miles’ PowerPoint presentation included numerous online sites offering the products.

Complicating enforcement and diagnosis, designer drugs often don’t show up in routine drug screens, Miles said. She reviewed various kinds of field tests for drug use that can indicate what type of drug a person has used.