Monthly Archives: February 2013

'Get to Know NAMI' Open House is March 12

NAMI Northern Illinois is hosting the fourth annual “Get to Know NAMI” Open House from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature educational displays, descriptions of support groups and testimonials from family members who have benefitted from the mental health services offered by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

Refreshments will be served, and there will be an awards presentation at 6 p.m. honoring those whose actions have helped to reduce the stigma of mental illiness and improve the lives of people living with mental illness.

For more information, call 815-963-2470, email or go online at the NAMI Northern Illinois web site.

Rosecrance Waukesha Office seeking counselor, psychiatrist

Westwind2Rosecrance has job openings for a Student Assistance Program Counselor and a Psychiatric Consultant at its office in Waukesha County in Wisconsin. The office is located at N27 W23957 Paul Road, Suite 101, Pewaukee, WI.

Student Assistance Programming Counselor

The SAP Counselor is onsite at assigned schools as a Rosecrance employee, providing and coordinating adolescent services. Duties include:

  • Provide Student Assistance services in assigned schools
  • Coordinate Student Assistance Programming in the school setting with the assistance of core team members
  • Coordinate adolescent programming with outside treatment providers
  • Provide ongoing training as needed with school personnel, students and parents with assistance from the core team members and community professionals
  • Function as a member of the core team by having case-management responsibilities for the service recipients in the Student Assistance Program
  • Provide, with the assistance of the core team, close follow-up of students in the program or students who have completed the program
  • Assist in setting up an evaluation system that will closely monitor the Student Assistance Program
  • Conduct didactic presentations with chemically abusive/dependent adolescents

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred; SAC-IT required for Wisconsin; previous Addiction or Mental Health Counseling experience required; familiarity with the assigned schools is a great advantage.

Psychiatric Consultant

As part of the licensing requirements, a physician (psychiatrist) must be available for consultation and supervision. The physician must be available for phone consultation from time to time and must be available for supervision two hours per week. Patients requiring further psychiatric care may be referred to the physician’s private office.

For more information about either position, email or call 815.387.5658. To see more career opportunities at Rosecrance, click here.



Join us March 4 for open house at the TMS Center of Madison

Connections Counseling of Madison

Connections Counseling of Madison

Rosecrance Health Network of Rockford, IL, and Connections Counseling of Madison have joined forces to create the TMS Center of Madison, Madison’s only provider of transcranial magnetic stimulation. TMS is a non-invasive, non-systemic medical treatment for individuals suffering from depression who have not benefited from anti-depressants or who cannot take medication. Rosecrance has successfully treated patients in Rockford using TMS for more than three years.

You’re invited to learn more about this procedure from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, at the TMS Center of Madison, which is located at Connections Counseling, 5005 University Ave., Suite 100, in Madison.You’ll be able to meet our staff, learn more about TMS therapy and see our new office. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about the TMS Center of Madison, visit the website here or call 608-231-2200.

See Rosecrance's Ipsen Conservatory take shape

Construction on the Ipsen Conservatory at Rosecrance’s Griffin Williamson Campus started in Nov. 2012, and the facility is scheduled to open in early March. Here are some photos charting the progress on its construction:

Nov. 7, 2012

Nov. 7, 2012

Nov. 9, 2012

Nov. 9, 2012

Dec. 4, 2012

Dec. 4, 2012

Dec. 21, 2012

Dec. 21, 2012

Feb. 29, 2013

Feb. 19, 2013

Stars of Light troupe shifts home base to NAMI Northern Illinois

Stars of Light

The Stars of Light, a Rockford theatrical troupe whose mission is to educate the public about mental health issues, has a new home base with NAMI Northern Illinois, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, as of Feb. 15, 2013.

The troupe, founded almost 20 years ago at the Janet Wattles Center, has been affiliated with Rosecrance since the agencies merged in 2011. Transfer of the theater troupe from Rosecrance to NAMI Northern Illinois will give NAMI a new way to reach out to the community to educate on mental health.

Stars’ founding director Steven Vrtol III, a well-known local actor, will continue as director of the Stars of Light. Rosecrance will be a supporting sponsor for group.

“We are looking at this as an exciting opportunity to expand and grow the reach of our local affiliate,” said Jean Morrow, president of NAMI Northern Illinois. “This is the first step in a new direction in community outreach for us and we are thrilled.”

Since its inception, Stars of Light has offered individuals living with mental illness, their family members and friends an opportunity to participate in the arts as a way of fighting stigma and furthering understanding about mental health issues.

Through the years, members of the group have presented 232 performances to more than 8,000 people, mostly at schools in the region and to community groups. Stars of Light members have participated in crisis intervention training with area law enforcement officers who take the course to learn how to respond in crisis situations that involve someone with mental illness.

“We are delighted to continue to help sponsor the Stars of Light as they begin this new chapter with NAMI Northern Illinois, which already does so much to educate about mental illness,” said Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton. “Through the creative arts, the Stars have been able to bring these issues out into the open and enlighten the community about the help and hope that is available.”

Through the years, the group has produced numerous radio shows for Northern Public Radio, WNIJ, on mental health topics, along with several videos on such topics as recovery, employment, depression screening and suicide prevention.

The group has received national recognition for its work. The American Association of Behavioral Healthcare (AABH) gave Stars an award in 1998 for efforts to education that reduces stigma about mental illness. The group also has received the JC Penney Golden Rule Award. Two years ago, the Stars were invited to perform at the national conference of NAMI in Chicago.

Stars of Light will operate out of the offices of Stepping Stones on North Main Street, which is where NAMI Northern Illinois has its office.

Save the date for April 30 IASAP Conference in Oak Brook

Rosecrance will have an exhibit at the 20th Annual Illinois Association of Student Assistance Professionals Conference, which will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook. Stop by and learn what services Rosecrance can provide to your school district.

The conference will address concepts that have an impact on students and the people who work with them. Workshops will include:

  • “No Matter What Happens in Your Life … You Are Your Choices.” Daniel R. Davison, a survivor of abuse and a drug environment, talks about his journey.
  • “The Real Deal — Bullying: School-based Interventions.” Ron Glodoski will deliver this interactive presentation aimed at professionals who work with youth.
  • “Is Your School Safe? Creating a Culture of Safety.” SAP Coordinator Miriam Wade-Hicks and SRO Bob Uliks present tools and ideas to ensure schools are a safe and healthy environment for their students.

Registration questions can be directed to Sandy Stelmach at 630-739-1182 or email The Chicago Marriot Oak Brook is located at 1401 W. 22nd Street in Oak Brook, Illinois.For a map and directions, click here.

Rosecrance hires Rev. Meridith T. Graham as new chaplain

The Rev. Meridith T. Graham

The Rev. Meridith T. Graham

The Rev. Meridith T. Graham, who holds master’s degrees in divinity and social work, has accepted the position as chaplain for the Rosecrance Health Network.Graham comes to Rosecrance from the Chicago area, where she worked with a human services organization helping at-risk children and families. In her role at Rosecrance, she will provide non-denominational counseling and spiritual support for clients and families receiving behavioral health services through various inpatient and outpatient programs.She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from University of South Carolina; a master’s degree in divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; a master’s degree in social work from Loyola University; and a master’s degree in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Graham assumes the Rosecrance chaplaincy upon the retirement of the Rev. William Lenters, who served in the role for 14 years.


Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly spotlights Rosecrance

Rosecrance Health Network was featured in a front-page article in the latest issue of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly, with a special focus on Rosecrance’s partnership with SwedishAmerican to provide care for people with psychiatric disorders.

Read the  entire article by clicking on the cover image below.







Bartos named Director of Rosecrance Health Center; Green hired as Accounting Manager

Elizabeth J. Bartos

Elizabeth J. Bartos

Elizabeth J. Bartos has been named Director of the Rosecrance Health Center, which includes the detoxification unit and medical services at the Harrison Adult Campus, one of the largest substance abuse treatment centers in the state of Illinois.

As director of the Health Center, Bartos will oversee 24 detoxification beds and the Medically Assisted Recovery Clinic (MARC).

Bartos previously worked in mental health services through Rosecrance, and most recently served as Associate Director of Community Recovery, Integration and Support at the Ware Center in downtown Rockford.

She holds a master’s degree in psychology from Western Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. She is a licensed counselor in Illinois and is certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors

Scott Green

Scott Green

Scott Green has been hired as the Accounting Manager for Rosecrance Health Network. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Northern Illinois University. Prior to joining Rosecrance, Green worked in financial management for Johnson Press, McGladrey & Pullen and Gray’s IGA.

Rosecrance Benefit performer J. Mark McVey in TV clip

Here’s a clip from the Fox News show “Huckabee” featuring singer J. Mark McVey performing a tribute to the late composer Marvin Hamlisch. McVey, along with this wife, Christy Tarr-McVey, will be performing at the annual Rosecrance Foundation Benefit on April 15, and the show will include a tribute to Hamlisch.

For more information about the benefit and how to get tickets, click here.