Monthly Archives: January 2012

February is Therapeutic Recreation Month

February is Therapeutic Recreation Month at Rosecrance. Along with improving quality of life, therapeutic recreation also has many other benefits:

1. To promote and enhance quality of life
2. To offer activities that are meaningful to each client
3. To enhance or maintain cognitive abilities
4. To enhance or maintain physical abilities
5. To promote emotional and psychosocial well-being
6. To provide opportunity for socialization
7. To offer opportunity for creative expression
8. To offer opportunity for decision making, choice, and responsibility
9. To offer opportunity for spiritual expression
10. To offer solace and relaxation
11. To provide opportunity for fun, pleasure, and enjoyment
12. To offer opportunity to share common interests, cultures, and experiences
13. To promote independence and decreased learned helplessness
14. To provide opportunity to learn new skills, adapt old skills, and enjoy new leisure experiences

For more information on therapeutic recreation, visit the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification website.

January edition of the Rosecrance enewsletter available

The January edition of the Rosecrance enewsletter is now available. This month, we’re highlighting our progress in integrating behavioral healthcare with primary healthcare through a groundbreaking partnership with Crusader Community Health. The newsletter also includes information on giving to Rosecrance, upcoming trainings, news and more!

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Rosecrance opens new satellite office in Oak Park

Rosecrance has opened a new satellite office in Oak Park, in conjunction with Oak Park Township.

The office is one of six Rosecrance offices in Chicagoland that provide free, confidential consultations and assessments for anyone struggling with substance abuse.

For more information, or to make a referral, please call 815.387.5615.

Rosecrance partners with Crusader in effort toward integrated care

Rosecrance’s partnership with Crusader Community Health was featured in the Rockford Register Star.

Partnership focuses on serving whole person

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A new partnership between Rosecrance and Crusader Community Health signals important progress toward integrating behavioral health and primary health care to better serve the comprehensive needs of patients.

Rosecrance has embedded a mental health counselor at Crusader’s clinic on West State Street in Rockford to take on-the-spot referrals for mental health services from nurse practitioners and doctors who see patients for their medical issues. The next step is for Crusader to assign a staff member to the Ware Center to serve clients who go there for services but whose overall health could benefit from primary care services. Crusader officials say they intend to expand the program soon.

Will Holm, a licensed clinical social worker for Rosecrance, is the first staff to be assigned to the program full time. Holm sees up to a dozen Crusader patients daily for mental health assessments or to provide solution-focused brief therapy for conditions such as stress or anxiety. When necessary, Holm has immediate access to the psychiatrists at the Ware Center to consult on a patient’s medication needs. He can make referrals to the Center for individuals with severe mental illness in need of ongoing services.

The arrangement exemplifies a national trend toward integrated care, which means treating the whole person. The collaboration for what is being called “bi-directional care” is among less than a handful of such programs in the state.

“For so long, behavioral health services have been kept at arm’s length from primary care,” Rosecrance President and CEO Philip Eaton said. “Think of how much better we can serve patients who enter the doors at Crusader or Rosecrance if we truly listen to them and assess their emotional needs right alongside their physical health needs. This is very important to the continuum of care in our community.”

Research has shown that individuals with severe mental illness live an average of 25 years less than the average for the rest of the population. That alarming statistic is one of the driving forces behind the collaboration between Crusader and Rosecrance.

The patient referrals to Holm at Crusader are entirely voluntary. Crusader staff members report minimal patient resistance to seeing Holm and talking about their possible mental health needs.

“The demand is greater than we’d anticipated,” said Mark Kendall, Crusader’s chief operating officer. “Our primary care providers barely have time to diagnose the physical needs and a mental health diagnosis takes even longer.”

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

About Rosecrance
Rosecrance is a private not-for-profit organization offering behavioral health services for more than 14,000 children, adolescents, adults and families each year. Rosecrance provides addiction treatment through inpatient and outpatient programs in Rockford, IL, and services at six satellite offices in Chicagoland. In addition, Rosecrance offers community mental health services in Rockford and Belvidere. The organization was founded in 1916.

Facebook, SAMHSA and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline team up

In December 2011, Facebook, SAMHSA and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline teamed up to launch a suicide prevention tool on Facebook.

The new service enables Facebook users to report a suicidal comment they see posted by a friend to Facebook, using either the Report Suicidal Content link or the report links found throughout the site. The person who posted the suicidal comment will then immediately receive an e-mail from Facebook encouraging them to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or to click on a link to begin a confidential chat session with a crisis worker.

Read the news release here.

New Rosecrance Foundation fund to support mental health services

Former members of the Janet Wattles Foundation board were honored Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at a gathering at the University Club of Rockford. Pictured, from left: Janet Beger, Rodney Link, Gwyn Gulley, Jeff Nielsen, Jean Beranek, Patricia Black, David Hagney and Richard Berman. Not pictured are Thomas Dudgeon, George Picha and financial adviser David Klintworth.

Janet Wattles Foundation has combined with Rosecrance Foundation

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ROCKFORD – The Rosecrance Foundation honored 11 members of the former Janet Wattles Foundation Board and celebrated creation of a new endowment fund earmarked for mental health services during an event Thursday at the University Club.

For decades, the Janet Wattles Foundation (JWF) has raised funds through annual events and donations to support community mental health programs.
Rosecrance assumed management and operation of mental health services on Sept. 1, 2011, when Janet Wattles Center formally merged into Rosecrance.

Now, the organizations’ fundraising arms, the charitable foundations, have combined under the auspices of The Rosecrance Foundation. The JWF Board decided that it made sense to transfer assets to The Rosecrance Foundation, effective Dec. 14, 2011, said Jean Beranek, JWF Board president.

The new Mental Health Fund is part of The Rosecrance Foundation Endowment. The agreement between foundations allowed the transfer of more than $600,000 into the new endowment. As part of the merger, JWF transferred ownership of the foundation’s building on East State Street to The Rosecrance Foundation. Proceeds from the eventual sale of the house also will go into the Mental Health Fund.

Beranek said her board members’ first concern was ensuring the integrity of donations and estate gifts that were entrusted to JWF through the years to serve people with mental illness.

“We were given assurances by The Rosecrance Foundation that the money will remain committed to mental health, and that is the most important thing,” Beranek said. “People can still donate and designate the gifts to mental health and feel sure that the money will go for that purpose.”

John Griffin, chairman of The Rosecrance Foundation, said that in addition to the dedicated endowment fund, the foundation is committed to raising new funds to support local mental health services. He agreed with Beranek that it’s essential to honor donors’ wishes for their gifts.

“This new fund keeps the faith with people who have given so generously to improve the lives of a very vulnerable population,” Griffin said. “The Rosecrance Foundation Board is honored to be able to ensure the integrity of these gifts and to make sure that this endowment is used to do the most good for the most people.”

Griffin thanked JWF board members for their efforts on behalf of people with mental illness in the community.

“Their dedication to this cause has created a permanent legacy to benefit individuals and our community, as a whole,” he said.

These members of the JWF Board were honored at the event: Janet Beger, Jean Beranek, Richard Berman, Patricia Black, Thomas Dudgeon, Gwyn Gulley, David Hagney, Rodney Link, Jeff Nielsen, George Picha and David Klintworth.

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

About Rosecrance
Rosecrance is a private not-for-profit organization offering behavioral health services for more than 14,000 children, adolescents, adults and families each year. Rosecrance provides addiction treatment through inpatient and outpatient programs in Rockford, IL, and services at six satellite offices in Chicagoland. In addition, Rosecrance offers community mental health services in Rockford and Belvidere. The organization was founded in 1916.

Rosecrance, State's Attorney to address mental health of South Beloit students

The Rockford Register Star‘s Greg Stanley wrote today about a partnership between Rosecrance and Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato in the South Beloit School District.

In South Beloit, Stanley writes, the number of students from low-income families reached a new high 63 percent of the student body in 2011 — up from 45 percent in 2001. In response, the high school’s administration is emphasizing positive coping mechanisms for students to deal not only with the economy, but other issues that may be out of a teenager’s control.

From the Rockford Register Star:

On Wednesday, the high school will host a program to teach students and parents about the dangers and prevalence of synthetic drugs. State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato and a representative from the Rosecrance Health Network will speak about the drug, mental health effects of substance abuse and how parents can recognize signs and symptoms of its use.

In the coming weeks, South Beloit teachers also will be trained to spot the growing concern of self-mutilation, or cutting, among students and strategies to prevent it.

“Self-mutilation seems to be really prominent for kids who are coping,” Kiel said. “Our kids are talking about it, Hononegah (High School) kids are doing it. What we want to do is make sure parents and teachers and the kids themselves know there are better ways to cope.”

Read the entire article on the Register Star’s website.

Study estimates 200 million people worldwide using illicit drugs

The Lancet, a leading world medical journal, has released a three-part series examining addiction from a global perspective.

The series’ authors, Louisa Degenhardt and Wayne Hall, estimate that 200 million people worldwide use illicit drugs each year. Their first paper is the series examines the adverse health effects of dependence on different drugs, and compare them with tobacco and alcohol use. Other papers in the series examine the effectiveness of drug control initiatives, and assess whether international drug conventions are effective or not in protecting public health.

From the Los Angeles TimesBooster Shots blog:

The authors point out that many people who use illegal drugs don’t just stop at one, a factor that could cause even more health woes.

In looking at mortality rates, though, drug use takes a back seat to some other substances. In 2004 the World Health Organization reported that globally there were 5.1 million deaths due to tobacco use, 2.25 million from alcohol and 250,000 from illegal drug use. But when looking at years of life lost, drugs came in the highest at 2.1 million (followed by alcohol at 1.5 million), since younger people are generally more susceptible to drug-related deaths.

Read the Times’ write-up of the report here.

Read the complete report from The Lancet here.

Rosecrance's Dr. Wright to speak at Chicago clinician conference

Rosecrance is co-sponsoring the clinician’s conference “Freud Meets Buddha: Mindfulness As a Therapeutic Tool for Healing Trauma” from March 8-10 in Chicago.

Rosecrance Chief Medical Officer Dr. Thomas Wright will be speaking at the conference. His session, titled, “Non-Suicidal Self Injury (Cutters) in Substance Abuse Treatment,” is scheduled on Friday, March 9, at 3:45.

The conference takes place at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza Chicago, 350 West Mart Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60654.

19 CE’s are available, with online registration available.

About Dr. Wright:
Thomas Wright, M.D., is the Chief Medical Officer for Rosecrance Health Network. He specializes in working with adolescents who have co-occurring disorders. With more than 20 years’ experience in the field, Dr. Wright is board certified as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and is ASAM certified. He has served on the faculty at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Download a PDF of the program here (2.5 MB)

Get to know Rosecrance's James Nachampassack

Rosecrance’s James Nachampassack was featured in the Rockford Register Star‘s daily “Get to Know Me” feature.

Nachampassack, who works at the Berry Campus, is a Rockford native. He is a specialist with the United States Army Reserve, coaches youth basketball at the YMCA and wants to become a registered nurse.

Read more about James here.