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Local media report on Rosecrance Mulberry Center's reduced hours

Several local media outlets have reported on the cuts to hours in triage services by more than half at the Rosecrance Mulberry Center. The triage program will no longer operate around the clock, effective Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, because the state has zeroed out operational funds that were promised to partially fill the gap left when Singer Mental Health Center closed three years ago.

Rockford Register Star: Illinois fails to fund Rosecrance triage center; hours to be cut Monday

Rockford Register Star Editorial Board: Our View: Mental health care latest state budget casualty Rosecrance to Trim Crisis Center Hours Due to State Funding Cuts Rosecrance Cuts Triage Center Hours Due to Budget Impasse DIGGING DEEPER: Why Rosecrance says it had to cut hours at triage center

WNIJ: Rosecrance Triage To Cut Crisis Service Hours


Stairway to Heroin substance abuse series set for Oconomowoc on Sept. 29

Rosecrance was recently mentioned in Lake Country Now regarding an upcoming event “Stairway to Heroin: Playground to Pills… Prevention Begins with Parents.” The event starts at 6:30 pm September 29 at the Oconomowoc Arts Center.

The window of time for childhood innocence related to alcohol and drugs is not as wide open as parents may like to believe.

Experts in the field of addiction and counseling note that the national age for first use of drugs/alcohol is 13, and that many children experience exposure even earlier.

To help parents safeguard their children, the Oconomowoc Area School District is hosting “Playgrounds to Pills … Prevention Begins with Parents,” a presentation planned from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Oconomowoc Arts Center.

This is the fourth in the Stairway to Heroin series, and it is geared for parents of younger students.

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When Painkilling Becomes an Addiction for Athletes

Dr. Tom Wright of Rosecrance and Mike Stine of Naperville Central High School were featured in USA Today articles.

A special report in USA Today High School Sports highlights the dangers young athletes face of becoming addicted to prescription painkillers after an injury. Dr. Tom Wright of Rosecrance talks about adolescents and their vulnerability to addiction. Coach Mike Stine of Naperville Central High School discusses his own experiences with his son’s addiction and what parents can do to prevent substance abuse problems for their child. Also featured is former NBA player Chris Herren who talks about his struggles with prescription painkillers and heroin.

To read “Coach whose son endured addiction urges parents to get to the root of the problem” CLICK HERE.

To read “When painkilling becomes an addiction for young athletes” CLICK HERE.

To see Chris Herren tell his story in person, please consider purchasing tickets to our fundraiser “Launch to Life.” Proceeds from the benefit will help support a groundbreaking new Rosecrance center in Chicago offering young adults who are struggling with substance abuse the opportunity to heal, mature and become grounded in recovery.

Rosecrance Healing Garden featured in Therapeutic Gardens: Design for Healing Spaces


The Rosecrance Healing Garden was recently featured in Daniel Winterbottom and Amy Wagenfeld’s new book entitled Therapeutic Gardens: Design for Healing Spaces. The book, which serves as a practical guide for combining aesthetic s and therapeutic practices, contains a two page spread that praises the efficacy of the garden’s sensory-rich plantings and water fixtures in creating a safe and nurturing environment. For many, the key to recovery is in the garden.

Winterbottom and Wagenfeld delivered a faithful synthesis of the design elements that went into the creation of the crown jewel of the Griffin Williamson Campus. Three stunning and colorful wide angle photographs accompany paragraphs overflowing with imagery. They write, for example, about the feel of the gentle breeze against your skin or the rushing sound of the water as it cascades over the rocks.

gardenbook2The authors recognize the importance of having garden spaces at healthcare facilities. They stress that even the tiniest of natural spaces can help provide patients with the reprieve they need. For many at the Griffin-Williamson Campus, the stress of the recovery process is washed away the moment they step into the Healing Garden. It was designed by Hoichi Kurisu as a quiet, nurturing space where our clients can sit and contemplate life or talk quietly with loved ones and supporters. The sense of calm that the garden exudes is frequently praised by clients and visitors alike.

In the book’s foreword, David Kamp, founding principal of Dirtworks Landscape Architecture speaks about the importance of being connected to nature during times of weakness. “Probably nowhere is the need for a connection to nature more poignant than in time of illness and crisis, where balance and continuity is threatened and our sense of isolation and vulnerability heightened,” he writes. “A growing body of research is confirming that a connection with nature is essential to health and well-being.”

The Rosecrance Healing Garden is a shining example of these ideas made physical, resulting in an engaging, reflective, and serene experience for our clients that puts them on the right path for lasting recovery and continually earns Rosecrance praise and recognition in and beyond the Rockford region.

Rosecrance Mulberry Center in Rockford considered model for mental health treatment

ROCKFORD — Those in crisis can drop by the Rosecrance Mulberry Center 24 hours a day seven days a week and find a new triage center considered a model throughout the region and beyond.

The staff at 605 Mulberry St. can assess a multitude of problems, sparing patients a trip to hospital emergency rooms, and provide follow-up instructions for additional care.

“The ER staff — nothing against them — are really not trained for mental health,” said Betty Bartos, director at the Mulberry Center. “We’re kind of like the ER for mental health. We are here to help people who are actually in crisis.”

Data showing that 60 percent of visitors go home instead of requiring inpatient care is a sign, Bartos said, that the center is on the right path to more effectively delivering treatment for those suffering from mental health and substance abuse problems.

“We have co-occurring disorders,” Bartos said. “They don’t necessarily separate themselves.

“We used to have the idea that we have these nice, friendly alcoholics who are people who have drug addiction problems and then (those) who have mental health issues and never the two cross. We know that’s not true (and) that people often have both.”

The center opened in October as a safe, comfortable place for people in need of emergency mental health services. It is open to the public and takes walk-ins.

To continue reading this article on the Rockford Register Star’s website, click here.

Telepsychiatry helps Rockford treatment center address doctor shortage

There’s a room at the Rosecrance Ware Center in Rockford where patients have been going for six months to see Dr. Michael Kuna even though he’s not there.

Kuna, who lives in Naperville, appears to them on a television screen. The psychiatrist for 30 years speaks to them as he would patients he sees in person. His patients speak to him as if he were sitting across a desk from them.

The only difference, Kuna said, is the 160-mile round trip he doesn’t have to make to see people who desperately need his services.

The nation is experiencing a shortage of psychiatrists that started in the mid-1990s and is expected to last through 2020, according to the American Psychiatric Association. For several years, there’s been a significant drop in the number of students entering psychiatry residency programs. According to a recent study, the country is short about 25,000 psychiatrists.

What Kuna participates in is called telepsychiatry, and it’s helping treatment centers and hospitals across the country as well as private-practice psychiatrists serve patients in underserved areas and places where demand outpaces the number of available appointments.

To continue reading this story on the Rockford Register Star’s website, click here.

Integrated services a relatively new trend in Rock River Valley

ROCKFORD — Wilbur Collins suffers from depression and has heard voices in his head. He also suffers from some chronic physical ailments, such as high blood pressure.

He is getting help from the Rosecrance Health Network and, thanks to Rosecrance’s partnership with Crusader Community Health, he can visit just one location to take care of his various medical needs.

The movement’s philosophy, part of a national trend, is that homeless people, drug addicts, the mentally ill and members of other troubled populations are often dealing with a multitude of problems.

“It’s convenient,” case worker Tammie Rubka said, chaperoning one of Collins’ recent medical appointments at the Rosecrance Ware Center to keep track of all that he must do to try to keep himself whole.

To continue reading this article on the Rockford Register Star’s website, click here.

"In My Shoes" exhibit featured on Wisconsin Public Radio and Fox 6 News

Rosecrance Art Therapist Jennifer Thammavong spoke about the “In My Shoes” traveling art exhibit on Wisconsin Public Radio and Fox 6 News.

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Watch the Fox 6 News segment below, or click here to read the full article.





Art Exhibit Giving Unique Teen Perspective Travels to Milwaukee During Alcohol Awareness Month

milwaukee1ROCKFORD – Rosecrance, a not-for-profit organization and leading national provider of substance abuse treatment for teens, adults and families, launched “In My Shoes,” an art exhibit created to help parents understand teenagers’ points of view about the pressures they face and how they are confronted with the potential to use and abuse substances. Following tour stops in the Chicagoland area, the exhibit is now making its way to the Milwaukee Public Library’s Central Library.

“This artwork display will inspire parents to do all they can to support and help prevent any level of substance use among their teens,” said Dr. Thomas Wright, Rosecrance’s Chief Medical Officer.  “Teens want their parents to actively parent and give them guidance, especially in today’s changing social environment.”

The “In My Shoes” exhibit will open to the public on April 1, 2015 at the Central Library at 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., where it will be on display in the Schoenleber Reading Room until April 26. The exhibit’s April stop coincides with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence’s Alcohol Awareness Month, whose 2015 theme is “Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction.”

“In My Shoes” serves as a starting point for discussion about taking the important steps to prevent any level of substance use among teens once parents learn more about what it’s like to walk in a teen’s shoes.

About “In My Shoes”

Developed by teen patients at Rosecrance’s adolescent campus in Rockford, “In My Shoes” displays shoes that have been painted and decorated by teens to tell their stories about substance use. From shoe selection to showcase, the process of creating shoe art is a meaningful experience because each shoe is unique and tells a teen’s story about addiction, recovery, and most importantly, their hopes and dreams for the future.

Visit for more information. A parent’s guide for talking to teenagers about marijuana called “Teens and Weed: Still a Big Deal” is available at

About Rosecrance

Rosecrance is a leading provider of treatment services for substance use and mental health disorders. A private not-for-profit organization, Rosecrance serves more than 16,000 children, teens, adults and families each year. Rosecrance provides comprehensive care through inpatient and outpatient programs in Rockford, Illinois, and services at five satellite offices in Chicagoland and elsewhere in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. The organization was founded in 1916 (More information at

Phil Eaton: Illinois can't arrest, treat or bury its way out of heroin epidemic

Rosecrance President/CEO Philip Eaton was featured in the State Journal-Register this weekend.

Substance-abuse treatment providers were eager to testify at hearings around Illinois last year to inform lawmakers about how we are responding to the current heroin epidemic.

We joined the lineup of witnesses, including law enforcement officers speaking about the heroin distribution network and county coroners reciting grim statistics about overdose deaths.

The hearings poignantly were punctuated by testimony from people who lost loved ones to heroin.

The result of those hearings is a 240-page bill sponsored by Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, and Rep. John Anthony, R-Plainfield.

This bill, which would cost some $25 million to implement in our cash-strapped state, confirms what capacity-challenged treatment centers knew long ago: Illinois can’t arrest, treat or bury its way out of the heroin epidemic. Yet, to this point, that’s where the spotlight has been focused — on who must be put behind bars, put into treatment or put into the obituaries.

Continue reading this article on the State-Journal Register’s website.