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Rosecrance to host Stairway to Heroin event in Central Illinois

Rosecrance will host its Stairway to Heroin event from 6:00- 8:30 P.M. on March 6, at the Vineyard Church (1500 N Lincoln Ave) in Urbana, IL.

The event will include a resource fair from 6-6:30 p.m., followed by a program of speakers, including: The Lyberts, who will speak to their family’s personal recovery journey, Detective Chris Kohl of Waukesha Co. Sheriff’s Dept, Melanie C., who will share her testimony as a parent, and lastly Chris Gleason, Executive Director for Rosecrance Central Illinois.

This is a FREE event available to the entire community ages 12+. For questions, please contact Sandra Beecher at, (217) 722-6174 or Sandi Lybert at (262) 367-9901. To register please visit:

Rosecrance invites the community to its first Recovery 5K Walk/Run this summer


Rosecrance for the first time will host a 5K walk/run this summer that will be open to the public as the organization celebrates its 100th anniversary and works to promote healthy living in the community. Those interested in attending can register at

The Rosecrance Recovery 5K Walk/Run with the theme “Every Step Counts” takes place Sunday, Aug. 7. The start time is 7 a.m., and the event will start and finish at the Rosecrance Berry Campus, 8616 Northern Ave., Rockford.

The event celebrates recovery and Rosecrance’s 100 years of changing lives. Proceeds will support Rosecrance programs and the families who seek treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders.

A committee of Rosecrance employees and community volunteers has been busy since last year coordinating the recovery 5K. The committee is co-chaired by volunteer Carol Schuster and Carlene Cardosi, assistant administrator of the Rosecrance Harrison Campus. The group is excited to include the community in a recovery-focused and healthy activity.

“The journey starts with just one step,” Cardosi said. “That phrase not only encompasses the concept of recovery but also the idea of starting something new. I think of how Rosecrance started as an orphanage 100 years ago and now, because of that first step, we touch thousands of lives each year.

“This 5K puts the spotlight on recovery, and we hope it encourages and inspires our clients, our staff and our community.”

Advance registration for the event is $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 17 and younger. Day-of-race entry fees are $30 for adults and the same advance price for children. All participants will receive a medal, T-shirt, goodie bag and refreshments at the end of the race. Awards also will be given to age group winners.

Visit to sign up and for more information. Contact Carlene Cardosi at with questions.

Sponsorship opportunities for the Rosecrance Recovery 5K Walk/Run are still available. Levels of in-kind, $500, $1,000 and $5,000 have been established with a range of promotional benefits. Contact Anne Boccignone at 815-387-5636 or for more details.

Rosecrance Flower Day set for May 5, 2016, at two Gensler Gardens locations

Purchase a beautiful hanging basket from Gensler Gardens at Rosecrance Flower Day.

Purchase a beautiful hanging basket from Gensler Gardens at Rosecrance Flower Day.

The annual Rosecrance Flower Day at Gensler Gardens will be held for one day only on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Proceeds will go to the Kinley Charity Care Fund, which provides financial assistance to children, teens and adults seeking treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders. Last year, more than 375 families were assisted through the Kinley Charity Care Fund.

Time/Day:  Thursday, May 5, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where:  Gensler Gardens (both locations)
8631 11th Street, New Milford; and 102 Orth Road, Loves Park

Help Rosecrance Run for the Kids with Ignite the Spirit on July 31


On Thursday, July 31, join Chicago firefighters and paramedics for the 2014 Run for the Kids 5K, an event sponsored in part by Rosecrance.

The race is organized annually by Ignite the Spirit, an organization that was launched in 2003 by Chicago firefighters in response to the attacks of 9/11 and to help the families of first responders. The organization grew to embrace several causes, with a special focus on those that help children. This year’s event will benefit Chicago children’s hospitals.

The race will be held at Stadium Green/Soldier Field, 1600 Museum Campus Drive in Chicago. Registration fees are $35 in advance, $40 on race day and $15 for the Junior Jog (ages 12 and younger). Race day registration is at 4 p.m., and step off is at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s event also will feature teams. Team captains must register first and will create their teams during the registration process. Team members will register after the team captain has registered and created the team. Team members will then select their team name from the drop-down box on the online registration form. Prizes will be given for largest team, biggest fundraising team and other categories.

For more information about the 2014 Run for the Kids, click here.

To register, click here.

Community forum focuses on progression of drug use, particularly heroin, among teens

OCONOMOWOC – A rise in heroin use among young people in Lake Country has prompted the Oconomowoc School District to partner with other concerned local groups in scheduling a public forum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at The Oconomowoc Arts Center.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature speakers familiar with drug treatment, law enforcement and criminal justice, as well as individuals in recovery from heroin addiction and family members who lost a loved one through a drug overdose.

The Oconomowoc Arts Center is at 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. Prior to the program, audience members may access information on prevention, education and treatment at a Resource Fair, which begins at 6 p.m. The event is recommended for people aged 12 and older.

Featured speakers:

  • Paul Raddatz, local father of an overdose victim
  • Judge Timothy Kay, Lake Country Municipal Court Judge
  • Chris Kohl, Waukesha Metro Drug Unit Detective
  • Chris Gleason, Director, Rosecrance McHenry County
  • Your Choice – A Family’s Journey to Recovery

The event is co-sponsored by the Oconomowoc Area School District, Rosecrance Health Network, Oconomowoc Parent Education Network, Your Choice, Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department and Lake Country Municipal Court.

National studies show that about 40 percent of teens will use marijuana before they finish high school. Research has shown a link between early marijuana use and later use of prescription drugs and, increasingly, heroin use, which can be deadly. Research also shows that use goes down when parents are educated on the topic and involved in their kids’ lives.

For more information, contact or Scott Bakkum at 262-560-3123.

Read more about the event in the Oconomowoc Focus.

Register for the free event at

Download the press release.

Former NBA Star Chris Herren returns to DuPage County to encourage area youth



Rosecrance is proud to help sponsor a return visit of former NBA professional Chris Herren to DuPage County. Herren will speak at Naperville North High School Feb. 18 and Glenbard North High School Feb. 19. He spoke at Downers Grove North High School last year.

Herren inspires parents and students sharing his journey from NBA Stardom to heroin addiction to recovery. He wrote about his recovery in his book ‘Basketball Junkie’ and ESPN produced a documentary ‘Unguarded,’ based on his basketball career and drug related issues. The events are open to the public.

NNHS Field House
February 18, 7-9 p.m.

990 Kuhn Rd., Carol Stream
February 19, 7 p.m.

Besides Rosecrance, sponsors for the Naperville North event include the Naperville Police Department, the NNHS Huskie Boosters’ Club, Linden Oaks, Alexian Brothers, Cadence, NNHS Home & School, several NNHS student organizations, and private donors.

Rosecrance is co-sponsoring the Glenbard North event with the Cebrin Goodman Center, Cooperative Association for Special Education, Trust Company of Illinois, DuPage Medical Group, and Sodexo.


Rosecrance Frankfort Office hosting Oct. 4 open house

Join us Friday, Oct. 4, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Rosecrance Frankfort Office, 20635 Abbey Woods Ct. N., Suite 310, Frankfort IL 60432. Visitors will be able to:

  • Speak with Dr. Jorge Fernald, MD, Psychiatrist  and Medical Director of Outpatient programs
  • Pick up informational materials for primary care physicians and Rosecrance referral forms
  • Network with other professionals and enjoy a light lunch

Rosecrance Naperville office hosting open house on Oct. 3

NapervilleCityGate BuildingYou’re invited to attend an open house at Rosecrance’s Naperville Office from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3.

Guests will be able to enjoy light refreshments, meet our staff and network with professionals. From 4 to 5 p.m. Director Christopher Yadron, MDiv, MA, LCPC, CADC, will present “The Perfect Storm: Comorbid Anxiety and Substance Abuse Disorders.” (Attendees will receive 1 CEU.)


Rosecrance, Insight present adolescent treatment session Sept. 20 in Oak Park

Rosecrance and Insight Behavioral Health Centers present “Treating Adolescents in Context: The Impact of Culture and Family” on Friday, Sept. 20, in Oak Park.

When working with troubled adolescents, understanding the impact of the systems surrounding them is critical. This session highlights the clinical use of family when treating anxiety and the cultural factors impacting the treatment of substance abuse. Practitioners who see teens with multiple issues will gain skills for use in many areas.

Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher will present “Assisting the Anxious Adolescent with Multifamily DBT.” Astrachan-Fletcher, Ph.D., is Chief Clinical Officer and Director of Adolescent and Family Programs, Insight Behavioral Health Centers. She is also co-author of “The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bulimia: Using DBT to Break the Cycle and Regain Control of your Life.” (2009)

Christopher M. Yadron will present “The Many Faces of Addiction: Culturally Sensitive Treatment with Adolescents.” Yadron, MDiv, MA, LCPC, CADC, is the Rosecrance Outreach Manager, overseeing operations at all six Rosecrance locations in Chicago. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Alcohol and Drug
Counselor in Illinois.

The program will be held at the Carleton of Oak Park, 1110 Pleasant St., Oak Park, IL. Registration and a continental breakfast will be from 8:30 to 9 a.m., and the presentations will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. There is no charge for the event, but attendees must register in advance. To register, click here. Attendees will receive 3 CEUs, and IAODAPCAs have been applied for. CPDUs also will be provided.

Rosecrance hosts adult Alumni Cafe May 20 at Harrison Campus

At 6 p.m. Monday, May 20, Rosecrance will host the first adult Alumni Café at its Harrison Campus, 3815 Harrison Ave., Rockford. The free event will last one hour.

The café is a chance to return to where your new life began and share your journey of lasting recovery. It’s a gathering of adult Rosecrance alumni coming together to share and support one another.

For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Melissa Garrison at 815.387.2571 or