Monthly Archives: February 2015

Detox beds open at Rosecrance Mulberry Center

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One of the detox rooms at Rosecrance Mulberry Center.

The Rosecrance Mulberry Center, home to crisis residential and triage programs, started welcoming clients who need detoxification services this month.

The 7,000-square-foot center opened in October and is named for its location at 605 Mulberry St. in Rockford. It’s a one-of-a-kind facility in Illinois for people experiencing psychiatric crisis.

Mulberry has four detox beds available to clients with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. The crisis residential program has 12 more beds for people who need ongoing stabilization but not hospitalization. The program’s average length of stay is three to five days, but clients can stay up to 14 days. The triage program has space for seven people who need immediate evaluation during a psychiatric crisis.

Anne Fridh, Rosecrance Ware Center Administrator

Anne Fridh, Rosecrance Ware Center Administrator

Though detox just launched, Rosecrance Ware Center Administrator Annie Fridh said staff is already starting to see more collaboration between referral sources.

“This continues to let us treat the whole person,” Fridh said. “It also boosts our ability to address co-occurring disorders in a way that we haven’t been able to before and help clients work through their psychiatric crises and then refer to outpatient and/or inpatient care, if needed.”

The detox beds are located in two rooms, with two beds to a room. They’re closest to the nurses’ station so clients can be closely monitored.

Fridh helped train local police departments on how to use the Mulberry Center, and she said law enforcement officials are excited about the launch of the detox beds.

“We’d have folks come in before who were intoxicated, and we had to send them to the emergency room,” Fridh said. “Now, the police can bring them here and know that they’re getting the care they need, and the officers can get back on the street and do their jobs rather than linger in the ER for hours waiting for clearance.”

Mulberry accepts public and private insurance for all of its services. Fridh said staff is working on more collaboration with SwedishAmerican and Rockford Memorial hospitals to increase referrals for clients who don’t need inpatient care.

Rosecrance gets serious about play, expands therapeutic recreation program

Stacy Veldhuizen, Rosecrance Recreation Therapy Specialist, leads a morning session of yoga for the staff at Rosecrance Ware Center.

Stacy Veldhuizen, Rosecrance Recreation Therapy Specialist, leads a morning session of yoga for the staff at Rosecrance Ware Center.

Rosecrance is taking steps to standardize its therapeutic recreation program, recognizing the importance of activities such as fitness, meditation, music and art and the roles they play in the recovery process.

Staff started phasing in the changes this month at the newly relocated Rosecrance Ware Center, where thousands of Rockford-area adults seek outpatient mental health services each year. The efforts also coincide with Therapeutic Recreation Month in February.

For many years, Rosecrance has offered experiential therapies as part of substance abuse treatment at its adolescent Griffin Williamson Campus and the adult Harrison Campus. But these expanded efforts will help integrate therapeutic recreation into both the substance abuse and mental health arenas, with special focus on the science of this type of care and measuring outcomes.

Keri Fager, Rosecrance Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator

Keri Fager, Rosecrance Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator

Keri Fager, a certified therapeutic recreation specialist, brings 15 years’ worth of experience rooted in inpatient psychiatry to her new role as therapeutic recreation coordinator. Fager has spent the past six years leading experiential therapy efforts for adults at the Harrison Campus, and she’s excited to broaden the program’s reach.

“By having the standards and following the best practices, we know we’ll get the best outcomes,” Fager said. “So if we know a client is drawn to art and is very creative, an assessment will help gather that information, and then we can build a treatment plan that embraces that person’s strengths.”

Rosecrance employs several certified therapeutic recreation specialists, as well as art and experiential therapists who provide services at various locations, including the behavioral health unit at SwedishAmerican Hospital.

Clients work on painting flowers during an Art Therapy session at the Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus.

Clients work on painting flowers during an Art Therapy session at the Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus.

The Griffin Williamson Campus started offering experiential activities for adolescent substance abuse clients more than a decade ago, and clients still explore recovery through fitness, recreation and hands-on work with nature using the Healing Garden and Ipsen Conservatory. RGW and the Harrison Campus employ full-time art therapists who provide structured counseling through the arts and creative expression. Rosecrance also has started incorporating art therapy through trained clinicians involved with outpatient and adolescent mental health programs.

Stacy Veldhuizen, a recreation therapy specialist, joined the team in December to lead Ware Center and Mulberry Center therapeutic recreation programs.
“Our hope is to continue to enhance and standardize these therapies into all of our programs and to expand on the possibilities these therapies can offer,” Fager said.

As part of the therapeutic recreation offerings, clients will participate in a year-round gardening group soon at Ware. Staff members will learn about the scope of the therapeutic recreation practice during a symposium later this month.

A staff-organized Leisure and Recreation Fair for clients will take place at the Harrison Campus, and many other events throughout February carry the therapeutic recreation theme. Ware staff members are even participating in morning wellness activities such as yoga, progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery.

Promoting staff wellness has been shown to improve employee-client interactions, reduce burnout and improve overall staff health, Veldhuizen said. Many clients, because of their disorders, isolate themselves and never learned proper leisure skills or how to socialize sober. So a big component of therapeutic recreation is education and making activities applicable in a community setting, from helping clients sign up for gym memberships to taking them to a concert or a ballet.

“We really work with them to help get over the barriers that their illnesses give them,” Fager said. “It’s about empowering them.

“Part of our process is helping them to know what resources are available and help make that within their reach. It’s helping them be more independent and to see fun and happiness in everyday activities.”

Rosecrance’s successful foray into therapeutic recreation has been helped along by top-down, administrative support for the unique treatment approach.

“Therapeutic recreation is an important part of the early recovery process,” said David Gomel, Rosecrance’s senior vice president and chief operating officer. “Some clients learn best by doing, and this program allows them to do that in a tactile, supportive environment.”

Rosecrance clients, staff showcase art with a ‘heart’

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Love was in air – and on the walls – this week as Rosecrance staff and clients displayed paintings, drawings and other creative work as part of the annual Heart Art Show.

The theme of this year’s show is “Listen with Your Heart.” Many art pieces featured colorful hearts and references to music such as musical notes, headphones and song lyrics.

Clients and staff members contributed art to the shows, which launched Feb. 11 at the Griffin Williamson Campus and the Harrison Campus. The Ware Center will host its first Heart Art Show from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 26.

Visitors snacked on sweets and listened to heart and love-themed music while they perused the artwork. At RGW, employees and clients used markers to write on colorful pieces of fabric the names of people they love. Then, they weaved the fabric through a loom to represent the “ups and downs” of life.

At RHC, two large paintings were displayed side by side featuring song lyrics picked out by staff and clients.

See our photo gallery of the Heart Art Show on Facebook.

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February 24, 2015 – February 24, 2015

422 Tracy Court

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The Rosecrance Crystal Lake Alumni Cafe Support Group is a gathering of alumni coming together to share and support one another.

The Rosecrance Alumni Cafe is held the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Crystal Lake IOP office located at 422 Tracy Court, Crystal Lake, IL. Alumni are encourage to come early to network from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Questions? Call Alumni Coordinator Melissa Garrison at 815.387.2537.

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February 19, 2015 – February 19, 2015

2835 N Sheffield Ave Ste 209

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The Rosecrance Alumni Cafe is a gathering of alumni coming together to share and support one another.

Rosecrance Lincoln Park Alumni Cafe Support Group meets every 3rd Thursday of the month from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the Rosecrance Lincoln Park office located at 2835 N Sheffield Ave., Ste 209, Chicago, IL 60657-5083.

Questions? Call Alumni Coordinator Melissa Garrison at 815.387.2537.

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February 16, 2015 – February 16, 2015

3815 Harrison Avenue

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Return to where your new life began and share your journey of lasting recovery. The Rosecrance Alumni Cafe is a gathering of alumni coming together to share and support one another.

The Rosecrance Alumni Cafe is held the second Thursday and third Monday of each month at 6 pm at Rosecrance Harrison Campus, 3815 Harrison Ave., Rockford, IL

Questions? Call Alumni Coordinator Melissa Garrison at 815.387.2537.

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February 12, 2015 – February 12, 2015

3815 Harrison Avenue

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Return to where your new life began and share your journey of lasting recovery. The Rosecrance Alumni Cafe is a gathering of alumni coming together to share and support one another.

The Rosecrance Alumni Cafe is held the second Thursday and third Monday of each month at 6 pm at Rosecrance Harrison Campus, 3815 Harrison Ave., Rockford, IL

Questions? Call Alumni Coordinator Melissa Garrison at 815.387.2537.

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February 9, 2015 – February 9, 2015

1635 Emerson Lane

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Come and join other alumni who were there when your journey began and share your journey of lasting recovery. The Rosecrance Alumni Cafe is a gathering of adult alumni coming together to share and support one another.

The Naperville Rosecrance Alumni Cafe is held the second Monday of each month at 7 pm in Room 212 at Community Christian Church, 1635 Emerson Lane, Naperville, IL 60540.

Questions? Call Alumni Coordinator Melissa Garrison at 815.387.2537.

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February 25, 2015 – February 25, 2015

5005 University Ave

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We are happy to announce that the Rosecrance Alumni Program plans to expand services to Southern Wisconsin in the coming months. A focus group will meet to obtain feedback and suggestions from Rosecrance alumni. Connections Counseling has graciously offered their facility for this gathering and future Alumni Cafe support groups.

The focus group will be held Feb. 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm, at Connections Counseling, 5005 University Ave, Suite 100, Madison, WI. For more information you can contact Missy Garrison, Alumni Coordinator at 815-387-2537 or mgarrison@rosecrance.org.

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