Monthly Archives: April 2013

Rosecrance's Megan Cox wins Frank Ware Award of Excellence

Rosecrance's Megan Cox (left) displays the Frank Ware Award of Excellence she received at the April 23 United Way luncheon. With her is Mary Ann Abate, Rosecrance Vice President for Community Mental Health.

Rosecrance’s Megan Cox (left) displays the Frank Ware Award of Excellence she received at the April 23 United Way luncheon. With her is Mary Ann Abate, Rosecrance Vice President for Community Mental Health.

Megan Cox, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor at Rosecrance, was the winner of the Frank Ware Award of Excellence at the United Way Luncheon, which was held Tuesday, April 23, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Rockford.

Megan, who has worked at Rosecrance for more than seven years, provides assessment services and crisis intervention services to individuals with mental illness in the Winnebago County jail.

The nomination in the program book described her dedication:

“Megan works tirelessly providing immediate care and makes herself available on weekends to be called into the jail in order to ensure all inmates with mental illness are receiving appropriate interventions in a timely manner … Megan is a true leader and advocate for clients who struggle with mental illness and wind up in the justice system. Our community remains safe due to her efforts.”

The Frank Ware Award of Excellence was named in honor of Frank Ware, former president and CEO of Janet Wattles Center, for his strong advocacy and devotion to helping individuals with mental illness. The award celebrates an employee who exemplifies the excellent Frank Ware demonstrated throughout his career.


The Joint Commission makes Triennial Survey visit to Rosecrance

Rosecrance is pleased to welcome The Joint Commission during the week of April 29, 2013, for the triennial survey.

May 7 workshop helps 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 May 7 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Oak Park Township Senior Services, 130 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL.

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. These workshops are for family members and others who are concerned about a loved one’s substance use and want answers to vital questions, including “Why is it so difficult to get a loved one to stop abusing drugs and alcohol?” and “What can a parent do in advance to prevent serious problems?”

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.

Admission to the workship is free, but seating is limited. For more information, email us here. To register, click here.



Listen to Rosecrance experts talk about heroin in the suburbs

On Sunday, April 14, Pat Spangler and Chris Yadron of Rosecrance talked about “The Suburban Heroin Epidemic”  with Susan Wieneck on “MIX Matters,” a public affairs show that airs on Chicago’s 101.9 FM the MIX. .

Click on this link, then click on the top entry (Podcast 4/15/13) on the WTMX page. A new window will open on your browser, and the interview will play. You can also download the file and listen to it later.

Save the Date: Rosecrance Flower Day is May 9

P1170936Rosecrance’s 2013 Flower Day will be held Thursday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Gensler Gardens’ two locations: 8631 11th St. in New Milford and 102 Orth Road in Loves Park. (For directions and maps, click on the addresses.)

Visitors will be able to choose from the entire greenhouse selection of annuals and perennials and gorgeous hanging baskets. Call 815-387-5608 for more information. The Gensler family gives a portion of the proceeds from the day’s sales to Rosecrance for charity care services.

Last year’s Flower Day raised almost $25,000 for programs and services for clients in need of treatment for mental health and substance use disorders.


Rosecrance Foundation presents Castle Award to descendants of the founding family at benefit

Descendants of the founders of Rosecrance accepted the organization’s highest award Monday night, April 15, to honor the legacy of a country doctor and his wife in whose name the original Rosecrance Memorial Home for Children was established in 1916.

The Castle Award was given to the family of Robert and Beverly Rosecrance of Rockford at the Rosecrance Foundation Benefit. It honors the legacy and vision of Dr. James and Fanny Rosecrance, whose wills specified that their New Milford home would become a refuge for orphaned and neglected children.

The organization has grown over almost a century into one of the most comprehensive behavioral health networks in the state, providing substance abuse and mental health treatment to 14,000 clients annually.

The event, which was held at Giovanni’s in Rockford,  drew 800 guests and raised a record $500,000 for the Kinley Charity Care Fund, which assists families who don’t have insurance or personal resources to pay for substance abuse or mental health treatment. Last year, the fund provided assistance to 324 families.

John Griffin, chairman of the Rosecrance Foundation Board, expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support for the Benefit.

“The need has never been greater, and we are serving more people who don’t have resources than ever before,” Griffin said. “For that, we are extremely grateful for the generosity of our friends who support our Benefit and the Kinley Charity Care Fund at other times of the year.”

The Kinley Fund has provided more than $7 million in charity care to patients since it was established in 1984.

Broadway veterans J. Mark McVey and Christy Tarr-McVey entertained the audience with a program of beloved songs from stage and screen. Earlier in the day, they had performed for adolescents in treatment at the Rosecrance Griffin Williamson campus.

Theodora Binion, director of the Illinois Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse and acting director of the Illinois Department of Mental Health, gave the invocation.

In presenting the Castle Award, Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton said he often thinks about the how the organization started with the humble vision of a couple who just wanted to do good in the world.

“They could never have anticipated that their name would someday be held dear in the hearts of thousands of people who turn to us every year for help,” Eaton said.

“Sometimes I’m asked: Who is Rosecrance? Was that a person? I’m proud to tell our story because it starts with two people who had compassion for children and who wanted to make a difference. It continues with other good people who have the same motivation, and some of them also are named Rosecrance.”

Both Robert Rosecrance and his late father, Ralph, served on the organization’s board of directors in the 1970s and 1980s.

Rosecrance's Christine Nicholson to lecture at Anderson Gardens

Christine NicholsonChristine Nicholson, Supervisor of Experiential Therapies at Rosecrance, will present “Practical Uses of Japanese Gardens for Therapeutic and School Settings” Thursday, May 16, at the Anderson Japanese Gardens Visitors Center in Rockford.

Nicholson’s presentation will provide a brief history of adolescent horticulture therapies at Rosecrance and how they have evolved.  Participants will be introduced to the metaphors used in treatment to assess balance and harmony within oneself and the garden.

Admission to the 7 p.m. lecture is free for Anderson Japanese Garden members and $5 for nonmembers. Reservations are requested and can be made by contacting Sara at 815.316.3307 or

Anderson Japanese Gardens is located at 318 Spring Creek Road in Rockford, Illinois. For more information, go to

As Supervisor of Experiential Therapies, Nicholson oversees and conducts staff development in all areas of experiential activities for clients and staff.  She covers a broad range of therapeutic activities that include art, fitness, recreation, horticulture  and meditation.  She has participated in several research studies and created program curriculum pertaining to horticulture, mindfulness and art in addiction treatment and recovery.



Video: Benefit performers speak with Rosecrance students

Broadway veterans J. Mark McVey and Christy Tarr-McVey performed April 15, 2013, at the annual Rosecrance Foundation Benefit. Earlier that day, they spoke with students at Rosecrance’s Griffin Williamson Campus about overcoming addiction.

Rosecrance employees play dodgeball to help kids

Rosecrance’s Dodge Ball team participated in “I Dodged a Ball for a Kid in 2013,” a fundraiser held April 6 at Rockford’s Jefferson High School.

Proceeds from the tournament and silent auction will be used to expand Children’s Safe Harbor’s visitation exchange services and development of a supervised visitation program. Children’s Safe Harbor, which is located inside Patriots’ Gateway Center, provides a neutral exchange place for families to use when exchanging children for parenting time. The exchange site offers safety and manages potential conflict when parents are exchanging their children for court ordered visitation.

 For more information about Children’s Safe Harbor, click here.

The Rosecrance team played a total of 15 games. Here are some photos from the tournament.

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Rosecrance's Lynne Vass talks about benefit on WREX

Here’s a clip from Wednesday’s WREX morning show featuring Lynne Vass, Senior Vice President of Development at Rosecrance, discussing the upcoming Rosecrance Foundation Benefit, which will be held Monday, April 15, at Giovanni’s in Rockford. – Rockford’s News Leader

For more information or to buy tickets to the benefit, click here.