Monthly Archives: October 2012

Workshops help families deal with substance abuse

Rosecrance invites you to “What Can I Say to Convince Them to Quit?: Why Families Wait to Intervene on a Substance Abuser,” a workshop that will be held Nov. 8 in Rockford; March 5, 2013, in Orland Park; March 14, 2013, in Crystal Lake; April 16, 2013, in Frankfort; and May 7, 2013, in Oak Park.

Attendees will learn new ways of interacting with a loved one regarding their use of substances. Participants will hear a personal story of addiction and recovery; learn what to avoid when talking with a loved one who abuses drugs or alcohol; and connect with helpful resources for intervention and treatment.

All workshops will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. For more information, email us here. To register for the Nov. 8 workshop, click here. To register for the March 5 workshop, click here. To register for the March 14 workshop, click here. To register for the April 16 workshop, click here. To register for the May 7 workshop, click here.

Upcoming workshops address question of 'Why Families Wait'

Rosecrance invites professionals to “Why Families Wait to Intervene on a Substance Abuser: A Systemic Look at Enabling,” a workshop that will be held Nov. 8; March 14, 2013; and April 11, 2013; in Rockford, Crystal Lake and Chicago.

The workshop will be hosted by David Lee, founder of Indiana-based Intervention Services and Technologies, Inc. Lee has more than 10 years of experience in interventions, addiction counseling, family systems and recovery. He will help professionals understand why families are unable to help a substance abuser get healthy or seek treatment without outside intervention. The goal of the workshop is to help attendees learn new ways to work with substance abusers and their families.

At each location, registration is from 8:30 to 9 a.m., and the workshop is from 9 to 11 a.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. For more information, email us here. To register for the Nov. 8 workshop, click here. To register for the March 14 workshop, click here. To register for the April 11 workshop, click here.

Rosecrance's Philip Eaton honored by Rockford Chamber

Phil Eaton, president and CEO of Rosecrance Health Network, was honored Wednesday night as part of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s “20 People You Should Know” class of 2012.

Melissa Westphal covered the event for the Rockford Register Star:

“More than 300 people attended the Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s reception Wednesday night at Prairie Street Brewhouse honoring those who made the list. This is the event’s second year, and the honors aim to spotlight familiar and often unfamiliar leaders in the business community, chamber President and CEO Einar Forsman said.”

Also among the “20 People You Should Know” were a number of current and former Rosecrance Board Members, including:

Dr. Bill Gorski, president and CEO of Swedish/American Health System

Jody Schumacher, branch manager for RK Dixon

Timothy Knauf, division president of the Employee Benefits Department and partner for Williams-Manny Inc.

Jeffrey Layng, market president for JPMorgan Chase Bank

Paula Carynski, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center.

Read the whole story here.

WREX reports on Rosecrance Triage Center

On its website, WREX reports on the upcoming opening of the Rosecrance Triage Center in downtown Rockford, including an explanation of how patients will be seen:

“Someone would go first to an emergency room and when hospital workers realize it’s a psychiatric emergency and that individual needs to be screened, they can do the medical clearance at the emergency room, and then call us. Then we would have the person transported and then we would be able to assess them for their psychiatric needs.” -says Rosecrance Community Mental Health Vice President Mary Ann Abate.

Read the whole story here.

Register Star story about police shooting includes input from Rosecrance

In the wake of a recent shooting, a story at the Rockford Register Star’s web site raises questions about how police are trained to deal with people with mental illness. The story quotes Mary Ann Abate and Mary Gubbe Lee, both of Rosecrance.

“Something like this doesn’t happen overnight,” said Mary Gubbe Lee, a longtime Janet Wattles social worker who works with Rosecrance. “Having a community where (crisis intervention training) is active makes a difference because it places an importance on the awareness. It places the importance on initiatives like the triage center. … Early intervention and treatment is key to avoiding these types of situations.”

Read the whole story here. 

Miss Illinois has inspiring message for Griffin Williamson Campus

Megan Ervin, Miss Illinois 2012, visited Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus on Friday, Oct. 19, to inspire its students to live a healthier life.

Megan Ervin, Miss Illinois 2012, speaks to the students at Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus on Friday, Oct. 19.

A graduate of Western Illinois University with a degree in Exercise Science, Ervin has dedicated her reign as Miss Illinois to fighting childhood obesity and encouraging fitness. During her speech, she stressed the importance of caring about yourself first.“What you are doing is for you, not anyone else,” Ervin said. She added it’s important to keep relationships with friends and family strong.

Ervin sees herself as a role model and encouraged patients to follow their dreams despite any setbacks. She told them it is important to have goals and aspirations in life.

As someone from the small town of Rushville, IL, Ervin said no one ever believed she would be on the Miss America stage one day. By believing in herself and staying healthy, Ervin was able to reach her lifelong goal and hopes to spread her message to young people all over the world.

Register Star reports on Rosecrance Triage Center

The Wednesday, Oct. 17, edition of the Rockford Register Star included a story about the Rosecrance Triage Center for people in psychiatric crisis, which is due to open in late October:

Rosecrance is remodeling space at its Ware Center, 526 W. State St., to house the triage center, which officials have described as a behavioral health services emergency room. The center aims to help people get assessed, treated and placed in the most appropriate care setting sooner.

Read the whole story here.


Author to discuss mental health Oct. 25 at Rockford College

Author Pete Earley will discuss mental health in America as a part of the Rockford College forum series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25,  at Rockford College’s Clark Arts Center, Maddox Theatre, 5050 East State Street, in Rockford.

Earley, a former Washington Post reporter, has written 13 books, including the New York Times bestseller “The Hot House” and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist, “Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness.” Earley’s account of the John Walker spy ring, “Family of Spies,” was a New York Times bestseller and CBS mini-series. “The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison” was based on a year that Earley spent inside a maximum security federal prison as an author.

Earley’s  advocacy for strong mental health reform on the public stage has taken him to 46 different states and several countries, where he delivers speeches to rally against the troubled mental health systems and for the mentally ill following struggles with the system on behalf of his son.

Admission to the event is free, but tickets are required. Call the Rockford College Box Office at 815-226-4100 for tickets or for more information.

WREX reports on opening of Rosecrance Triage Center

WREX-13 aired this report about the upcoming opening of the Rosecrance Triage Center in the downtown Ware Center, including quotes from Rosecrance VIce President of Community Mental Health Mary Ann Abate. – Rockford’s News Leader

Here’s a link to the text of the story and more photos.

Register Star editorial talks about need for mental illness awareness

The editorial in the Thursday, Oct. 11, edition of the Rockford Register Star is titled “Our View: Mental Illness ‘does not discriminate’,” and keys off recent events in the news — the closing of Singer Mental Health Center, Jesse Jackson Jr.’s bipolar diagnosis — to stress that the focus on mental illness must go beyond the headlines because it can affect anyone at all. This is Mental Illness Awareness Week, but the awareness must continue all year long.

The editorial also mention’s Rosecrance’s Triage Center, which is due to open this month at the Rosecrance Ware Center:

“The regional triage center that Rosecrance Health Network officials intend to open in a few weeks is a critical piece for people who have immediate psychiatric needs.”

Read the entire editorial here.