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Mental health rally promotes better access to care

The annual Rally for Mnetal Health Care in downtown Rockford kicked off Mental Illness Awareness Week October 3, 2016.

The annual Rally for Mental Health Care in downtown Rockford kicked off Mental Illness Awareness Week October 3, 2016.

Mental Illness Awareness Week activities kicked off Monday, Oct. 3, with the annual Rally for Mental Health Care in downtown Rockford.

Supporters with signs carried such messages as “Stop Stigma” and “Break the Silence.”

Supporters with signs carried such messages as “Stop Stigma” and “Break the Silence.”

The rally took place outside the Winnebago County Justice Center and attracted dozens of supporters with signs that carried such messages as “Stop Stigma” and “Break the Silence.” NAMI Northern Illinois organized the rally with the theme of “Accessing Care and Saving Lives.”

Speakers included Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea, Rockford Fire Chief Derek Bergsten, Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana, Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia, Transform Rockford Executive Director Mike Schablaske and Rosecrance Berry Campus Director Steve Smith. Erika Montes and Tiffany Davis with NAMI shared their recovery stories and Pastor Dan Wynard from Alpine Lutheran Church delivered the opening prayer.

Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea spoke at the Rally for Mental Health Care in downtown Rockford October 3, 2016.

Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea spoke at the Rally for Mental Health Care in downtown Rockford October 3, 2016.

Steve Vrtol, director of NAMI’s Stars of Light theater troupe, served as master of ceremonies, and told audience members that they make a difference and save lives even though they might not always know it. The U.S. Congress in 1990 established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Fiduccia, Bergsten, Caruana and O’Shea spoke about work to improve public safety efforts with people in the community who live with mental illness and their families. Schablaske emphasized the importance of mental health in improving the overall health of the community.

Rosecrance's Steve Smith spoke about the behavioral health work Rosecrance does with children and adolescents at the Berry Campus. at the rally.

Rosecrance’s Steve Smith spoke about the behavioral health work Rosecrance does with children and adolescents at the Berry Campus. at the rally.

Smith talked a bit about the behavioral health work Rosecrance does with children and adolescents at the Berry Campus. He highlighted the need for mental illness wellness checks for kids and why it’s important that parents discuss mental health with their children.

Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia

Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia

“In lean times, it is easy for organizations to stop communicating, but I’m proud to say that we have been working more closely than we have in a long time,” Smith said. “I have witnessed the benefit of group-based, recovery-oriented therapy programs both at our campus and within the schools on both the morale of families and symptom management of children. We have a long road ahead of us, but the desire is there, and the resilience of the members of this community knows no bounds.”

Parked behind the rally stage was an attention-grabbing vehicle – the Chicken Car, driven by Patrick Taylor of Dixon. Taylor and two friends drove the car on a 48-state Mental Illness Awareness Tour this year, raising money and sharing their own experiences with mental illness across the country.

Chicago Fire Department Suicide Study

by Dan DeGryse, Director of the Rosecrance Florian Program

7 In 18

     Seven suicides within an eighteen month period by active or retired members of the Chicago Fire Department (CFD), a very distressing and alarming statistic! In the Chicago Firefighters Union (CFFU) Local 2 Employee Assistance Program (EAP), we were quite taken back by the increase in suicides among our members and wanted to take action.  Suicide, a national crisis, was hitting close to home in a dramatic way.  The cause of the sudden increase in suicides within our department we do not know; however, working in the EAP we have the opportunity to get a more in depth picture of what our members are dealing with on the job, at home, and how it affects them.  We asked ourselves, how might what our members on the fire department deal with impact their potential risk for suicide?

We wanted to take a proactive approach to the matter.  So, we increased our efforts to educate our membership on this topic as well as other trying circumstances.  We have been offering our members resources available both internal and external to our fire department to assist them through difficult times.  This is a work in progress which began with visiting every firehouse, creating posters full of resources, writing informational articles on various topics, and collaborating with CFD officials to implement an annual, day long educational event we call “Family Focus Day”.

Since our efforts specific to the topic of suicide began, I have been reading material pertaining to suicide with intent on finding “the answer”.  The answer that is black and white, telling us what we, as a society can and should do to prevent suicides.  Unfortunately, I have yet to find that clear cut answer.  Literature addressing suicide offers some theories, a host of symptoms, “red flag” behaviors, and demographics of those who have committed suicide based on data gathered.  Despite increased attention to the topic across our nation, if you look at the data, the actual number of suicides in the United States has steadily risen since they began recording such statistics.


Opening a Door

     My intent in writing this article is to open a door.  Open a door to a topic that socially is not talked about much and offers basically no research or information on suicides among fire department personnel.  Open a door to other departments by offering statistics specific to the men and women of the CFD in hopes that they will follow in kind and compile statistics within their own departments so that we as a fire service, nationwide, can begin to better understand any possible links between our profession and the likelihood of choosing to die by suicide.  The more data fire departments offer the more professionals have to work with.  In addition, as suicide is taking a more forefront position in the media because of its increase in our nation, our military, and certain age groups, I want our membership to become aware of how serious an issue it has become.  With that said, I offer you a brief history of society’s perceptions of suicide and how it has shifted over time, some current professionals’ views, and data specific to our fire department.  I conclude by summarizing the data I offer and some thoughts on where we as a fire service can go from here.


Historical Perspectives

     Suicide has been recorded for centuries.  In the beginning writings about it, suicide was viewed as an acceptable way to end one’s life when dealing with unbearable circumstances whether physical and/or mental.  In some societies, suicide was actually encouraged.  It was encouraged for servants once their master died so they could take care of them in the after life.  It was encouraged for the elderly or sickly so as not to be a burden on family.  It was encouraged as an alternative to religious or civil persecution.  It was encouraged when one’s life no longer provided happiness.  In ancient Roman societies, trained technicians would assist individuals with suicide.  Regardless of the reason, it appeared no stigma was attached to death by suicide.

The first person believed to have challenged the acceptance of suicide was the Greek philosopher, Socrates, in 400 BC.  He viewed people as “property of the gods” and believed we did not have the right to take away from the Gods and suicide would do just that.  Ironically, his own life ended when he was forced to commit suicide by drinking Hemlock as a death sentence for various charges.  Following in this shift of thinking, as societies began developing into more religious based communities, their perceptions of suicide were primarily shaped by their religious leaders and a stigma was born.

During this time, two prevailing scenarios emerged and as a result suicides rose quickly and to large numbers.  One circumstance pertained to individuals who were uncertain about their religion and found suicide the easier route in life rather than being looked down upon for their beliefs by these leaders.  A second predominant thought was in early Christian beliefs which presented suicide as something that true believers should strive for.  In response, religious leaders believed it necessary to change the perceptions of suicide away from acceptable in an attempt to end the rising accounts of suicide.

Jewish leaders attempted to dissuade suicide by forbidding public eulogies and mourning for those who had taken their own life.  Here, possibly, began the stigmatization of suicide within that culture that has spread and continued for centuries.  For Christians, the church began to condemn suicide once the Jewish leaders refused individuals who died by suicide to be buried on hallowed ground.  The church adopted the view that suicide was wrong and mimicked Judas’s hanging himself and as he was a betrayer of Jesus, those who committed suicide were acting in his likeness.  The stigma of suicide continued to expand as expressed in written views, laws created against it, and situations surrounding it.  At one point, to deter suicide, some societies dragged the bodies of those who committed suicide through town, while others hung the heads outside the parameters of towns to make clear to those entering it was unacceptable.  Family “survivors” were also punished.  All their belongings and properties were taken away.  Here, the beginnings of punishment for survivors and the stigma of being associated with a victim of suicide may have taken root.  A clear, dominant theme throughout history is the fundamental role societal beliefs and attitudes have in our reasons for, perceptions of, and our level of acceptance regarding suicide.

In Renaissance times, generally speaking the 14th to 17th centuries, conflicting views regarding suicide stemmed from beliefs that it resulted out of despair versus it being a stoic gesture.  This conflict seemed to somewhat soften the harsher, preceding views.  The 18th century, overall, showed little interest in taking on matters regarding suicide and the accepted stance that it should be looked down upon and was punishable remained intact.  In the late 19th century, 1897, a book Emile Durkheim published, “Le Suicide”, argued that suicide was not an individual choice but a result of pressures society forced on people.  This book received a great deal of attention.  It challenged the notion that suicide was an internal, personal choice and shifted responsibility to society.

In more recent times, 1983, the Roman Catholic Church reversed the Canon Law that prohibited proper funeral rites and burial in church cemeteries for those who had died by their own hand that, we again saw a societal shift in the perceived stigma of suicide.  Following that, in 1999 the Surgeon General of the United States released a “Call to Action” to prevent Suicide, declaring it a national public health issue which led the Department of Health & Human Services to publish the “National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action” in 2001.


Present Day Professionals Renowned in Suicidology

     Today, many states and organizations are working together to address suicide.  Recently, at a conference in Baltimore Maryland, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation brought together three leaders from around the country that have done years of research in the area of suicide.  The doctors who spoke included, Matthew K. Nock, Ph.D. a Professor of Psychology at Harvard University who studies the incidence and epidemiology of suicide; Thomas Joiner, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology at Florida State University who has researched and studied the etiology of suicide, and Alan (Lanny) Berman, Ph.D., who is the Executive Director of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS).

Dr. Joiner identified three behavioral characteristics that may lead a person to die by suicide; these include the person feeling isolated, feeling s/he lacks purpose and is a burden on the world, and has a high tolerance for pain.  Dr. Joiner is also open about the fact that his own father died by suicide.  Dr. Berman, through collaboration with professionals and volunteers across the world, dedicates his energies to the prevention of suicide.  It was a pleasure listening to these professionals who have dedicated their time and energies to an area of the mental health field that so few either commit to or are willing to stay in.  In his presentation, Dr. Nock stated, “Not many doctors continue to research this area because of the lack of data available”.  It’s with this statement by Dr. Nock and our desire to create a starting point in fire department data to work from in gaining understanding for a relatively misunderstood act that we, the EAP at the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2, offer the following information.


Local 2 EAP Suicide Data

The suicide data in this article is of fire department personnel, active and retired, specific to the members of the Chicago Fire Department.  We gathered demographic data on deceased members spanning from 1990 through 2010 obtained through records at Local 2.  We also utilized membership information obtained from the Fireman’s Annuity & Benefit Fund of Chicago Annual Reports.  We compared our data to suicide data of the general population for the same time period with the following question in mind, “Are suicide rates specific to our fire department personnel higher than those of the general population, and if so, can we correlate working on the fire department and a person’s susceptibility to circumstances that contribute to thoughts and/or acts of suicide?”

We researched 1787 deaths of active and retired members who worked on the CFD and were members of the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2.  We identified 41 suicides. All of the suicides were committed by males.  While the ages ranged from 27 to 86, the average age of CFD members who died by suicide is 55.  The mode, or most frequently occurring age of suicide, in our statistics are ages 30 and 57 with three recorded suicides at each age.  If we average the 41 suicides over this period it gives us an annual suicide incidence of two.

The following graph (A) represents the number of suicides per year during this time.


Graph A

National Suicide Statistics 1990 thru 2009

Nationally, the recorded numbers of suicides have varied from approximately 29,000 in 1990 to over 36,000 in 2009 which is presently the latest year of published national statistics on suicide (Refer to Graph B).


Comparison of CFFU L2 Data to National Data

U.S. incidence rates for this period ranged between 10 and 12 suicides per 100,000 people each year. In order to compare these findings with the suicide numbers in the CFD for the same time period, CFFU L2 statistics were converted to a figure per 100,000 people. To do this, we used a formula Dr. Aamodt utilized in an article from 2006 to compare police suicides to the general population (mentioned below). For each year we took the total number of suicides and divided it by the total number of members on the CFD. The figure was then multiplied by 100,000 to create a rate per 100,000.
Findings show our rate data ranged from zero to as high as 63.25 with five documented suicides seen in 2008. (Refer to Graph C and Chart 1). Graph C diagrams the numbers of recorded suicides on a national level per 100,000 (blue) and the number of recorded suicides on the CFD per 100,000 (red) for the same time period.


Despite our many searches for related data nationally, we did not find any data specific to the fire service. Therefore, we were unable to compare our data to other fire departments. We did however, as stated above, find one study done in 2006 by Professors Michael G. Aamodt and Nicole A. Stainaker from Radford University on police officers entitled, “Police Officer Suicide: Frequency and Officer Profiles” (see bibliography #5). Their results negated a previous study that suggested suicide rates for police officers are higher than the general populations.
Professor Aarmodt’s report suggested various factors that should have been considered in comparing statistics were not, specifically race. I mention this article as it was the only article I could locate specific to a public safety occupation.
What does our data tell us? Keep in mind, we did not separate our data based on demographics such as age, sex, or race. The calculated average suicide rate, over a twenty year period, for the members of the CFFU L2 of 24.98 per 100,000 is over twice as high as the national average of 10.9 for the time period we examined. However, if we use the higher national rate Professor Aamodt would suggest, specific to race (Caucasian) because of a primarily white department, which for 2008 was 21.2, our average of 24.98 is closer to the national rate, yet still higher.
If we break down specific years, the CFD experienced twelve years with significantly higher rates than the general populations. Of these twelve years, four of them 1992, 1997, 2008, and 2010 appear notably higher. Conversely, in nine of the studied years the CFD experienced none or one suicide; whereas the national rate remained relatively constant.


In Summary


We set out to gather data on suicides within the Chicago Fire Department after the department experienced seven suicides in eighteen months.  Our fire department has experienced 41 suicides in a twenty year period.  Whether our rate is higher, lower, or in line with the general population, I will leave that for you to contemplate as we did not set a level of statistical significance for our figures.  In my opinion, one suicide is too many.  So, until other fire departments gather data specific to suicide, and we compile it, we can only speculate at how our rate of suicides throughout the fire service compares to that of the general population.

Regarding suicide and related mental conditions, in my years in the counseling field, I have learned suicide is one outcome of serious, internal struggles for an individual that may manifest for some time before he/she reaches the decision to die by suicide.  In the fire service we are exposed to many tragic, horrific scenarios that require immediate responses and actions.  The impact on how our exposure to these situations affects us as individuals and/or our relations with our families is not necessarily recognized or understood.  Does our job experience affect us enough to raise our susceptibility to mental challenges that may lead to suicidal thoughts aside from other conditions?

If we are to answer this or any other questions about suicide in the fire service, we must break the silence.  The data I have offered is basic, but enough to start forming hypotheses about suicide and the fire service.  This is a beginning.  Collecting data is a starting point and should be the first step at making a difference.  The following is a statement by former California State Fire Marshall Philip C. Favro in the first edition of “Fire in the United States”:

”Data can save lives”….Unfortunately, the opposite is also true—data can kill.  Critical decisions affecting fire and life safety are being made every day.  These decisions are being based on what are believed to be “the facts” ….and those “facts” are the results of conclusions drawn from your data you are – or are not – reporting….accurately.  Think about it.”

This was a statement encouraging all fire departments across the nation to adopt and adhere to the guidelines of NFIRS.  In my opinion, we need to take this advice and apply it here regarding mental health data collection among our members.  The more data we have the better we can map more accurate intervention strategies for our brothers and sisters in the fire service.  In turn, we can better serve and protect our communities!


In Recognition


     I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to my staff at the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 EAP which includes Alfred “Al” Allen, Joan “Bunny” Butler, Frank Crossin, and Larry Murray for their months of research for this report.


Daniel DeGryse BA, CEAP, CADC

Coordinator, Local 2’s Employee Assistance Program





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Behavioral Health for Firefighters & Paramedics with the Rosecrance Florian Program



The new Rosecrance Florian Program offers the best opportunity for lasting recovery by incorporating occupational factors into the treatment process. The program is housed in a designated, eight-bed coed unit at the Rosecrance Harrison Campus, a modern 97-bed adult facility in Rockford, Illinois, that offers a full continuum of inpatient and outpatient services.

Florian, named for the patron saint of firefighters, is the first program in the country dedicated to and specializing in serving firefighters, paramedics and other fire service members who need substance abuse treatment but who also need care for job-related post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and other behavioral health issues.

A 12-member committee comprised of experienced firefighters and fire personnel from across the nation is helping to advise the Florian Program. Rosecrance started treating clients in the fall.

The Florian Program also will work to train fire personnel across the country to recognize and act on the signs and symptoms of substance abuse and behavioral health issues. Many fire departments, both full-time and volunteer, don’t have the resources for this type of training.

Rosecrance names Anne Fridh, PsyD., to new role as administrator of Ware Center

Fridh brings clinical and administrative experience to position

annefridh_smallROCKFORD – Anne Fridh, PsyD., has been named Administrator of the Rosecrance Ware Center, a role to which she brings more than two decades of experience and leadership in behavioral healthcare.

In her new position, she will oversee adult mental health operations, including triage emergency services and the crisis residential program, soon to be combined in the creation of the Crisis Stabilization Center in downtown Rockford.

In addition, she will oversee the move of adult outpatient mental health services from the current location at the Ware Center on West State Street in downtown Rockford to a new location on North Main Street. Rosecrance is renovating a long-vacant former grocery store in the 2700 block of North Main Street in order to relocate the Ware Center to that site. The move will allow for program improvements, and the space is being designed to meet the needs of clients and staff. A complete overhaul of the site includes major aesthetic improvements to the building and grounds.

“This is a time of great opportunity for Rosecrance to further improve the continuum of care in our community,” Fridh said.  “I am honored and excited to represent Rosecrance in this new capacity.”

Fridh earned her B.S. in Family Social Services from Northern Illinois University and her M.S. in Child and Family Services from Northern Illinois University. She obtained a Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD.) from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University.

Fridh gained extensive clinical and leadership experience at various social service agencies in the region, including at the former Janet Wattles Center, which merged into Rosecrance three years ago. She also has been in private practice and has served as program director at a large residential facility in Texas serving teens with behavior disorders.

Dave Gomel, Rosecrance Chief Operating Officer, said Fridh takes the job at an exciting time of growth and change for the Ware Center.

“We have a lot of great opportunities ahead of us, and we have the chance to make an indelible mark in our community, region and state as a leader in community mental health/behavioral health services,” Gomel said.

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Community Foundation, Rosecrance partner to educate public on Mental Health First Aid

ROCKFORD – Two Rosecrance staff members are among the first people in northern Illinois to be trained as instructors for a groundbreaking national initiative called Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) USA. The program is designed to educate the public about how to identify, understand and appropriately respond to people in crisis for mental health and substance use disorders.

Interest in MHFA USA is growing in response to President Barack Obama’s call to fight gun violence by devoting more resources to training teachers, police officers, clergy and other community members to recognize signs of mental health disorders and respond appropriately.

Through a $10,000 grant from the Dr. Louis and Violet Rubin Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, Anne Fridh and Sarra Reichwald of Rosecrance have trained to become MHFA instructors. In turn, they will train local law enforcement officers and other first responders in important techniques that can de-escalate crises, connect people with appropriate care and save lives.

Three trainings for Rockford Police Department officers are set for November. More trainings will be scheduled soon for teachers and school personnel, as well as for firefighters.

“Research shows that the sooner people get help for mental health and substance use issues, the more likely they are to experience a positive outcome,” Fridh said. “This training is crucial for anyone who spends time with young people.”

Fridh, MS, Psy.D, is Director of Quality Management and Performance Improvement for Rosecrance. She is the first person in Rockford to receive certification as a Youth MHFA instructor. Fridh attended training this summer in Joplin, MO.

Reichwald, MS.Ed, Staff Educator at Rosecrance, attended training in Milwaukee in August for certification as an Adult MHFA instructor.

The training has been used across the nation for a variety of audiences and key professions, including primary care professionals, business leaders and employers, educators, corrections officers, nursing home staff, mental health authorizes and the general public.

Those who take the course learn a 5-step action plan to respond to individuals who are in a mental health crisis until they can be linked with appropriate help, possibly professional care.

That response plan is summed up by the mnemonic device ALGEE:

Assess for risk of suicide or harm.
Listen nonjudgmentally.
Give reassurance and information.
Encourage appropriate professional help.
Encourage self-help and other support strategies.

MHFA is an evidence-based training program that began in Australia and first was piloted in the United States in 2008. MHFA is a being managed in this country by the Washington D.C-based National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

WIFR-23 reports on United Way grant to Triage Center

Today on its website, WIFR-23 reports that the United Way of Rock River Valley will invest $2.7 million in the Rock River Valley, most of it in grants to community programs that “strengthen the education, income and health of communities in Winnebago and Ogle counties.”

Included among those programs is the Triage Center at the Rosecrance Ware Center in downtown Rockford. Here’s how the article describes it:

Triage Center, Rosecrance, Inc.: The Rosecrance Crisis Triage Center provides crisis care for persons experiencing a psychiatric crisis and expedites the process of assessment and referrals for persons with serious mental illness. The Triage Center also serves as an access point to all behavioral health services.

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For more information about the Triage Center, click here.

Register Star reports on success of Rosecrance triage center

In Sunday’s Rockford Register Star, reporter Melissa Westphal wrote about the success of the triage center at the Rosecrance Ware Center. The triage center opened in Oct. 2012 to help provide mental health services in the wake of the closing of Singer Mental Health Center:

ROCKFORD — People experiencing psychiatric crises are avoiding unnecessary  hospital stays by using a triage center that opened seven months ago in  Rockford, according to early data from Rosecrance Health Network.

Rosecrance officials had researched the idea of a triage center for more  than 10 years, but the need for such a service increased when the state closed  Singer Mental Health Center, an inpatient state hospital, in October.

So the agency renovated space at its downtown Ware Center, 526 W. State St.,  to house clinical recliner-style chairs, a kitchen and a waiting area where  clients can be assessed, stabilized and given a referral for follow-up  treatment.

The success of the center been impressive, Westphal reports:

Sixty-nine percent of those admitted were stabilized and sent home — a much higher percentage than Rosecrance officials expected.

“That’s appropriately going home with a plan — typically an appointment with a case worker or a psychiatrist,” CEO Phil Eaton said. “That’s not just being stabilized and discharged, that’s very different. What happens with that is a revolving door where you haven’t addressed the issue.”

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August edition of the Rosecrance electronic newsletter published

The August edition of the Rosecrance electronic newsletter has published. This month, we’re highlighting Rosecrance Experiential Therapies Department Supervisor Christine Nicholson, who has been invited to speak about the Rosecrance Healing Garden at the 2012 North American Japanese Garden Association national conference in Denver.

The Healing Garden at the 50-acre Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus was designed to enhance recovery for youth and their families. The natural materials used in the modern, welcoming treatment center complement the tranquil beauty of the six-acre garden. Together they offer a holistic healing environment that nurtures the spirits of teens in treatment for addiction.

Read the whole story here.

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Rosecrance clinician Lynn Cadmus named Illinois ‘Social Worker of the Year’

Cadmus will be considered for top national social worker title

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Lynn Cadmus

Rosecrance clinician Lynn Cadmus has been named Social Worker of the Year by the Illinois chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

ROCKFORD – Rosecrance clinician Lynn Cadmus has been named Social Worker of the Year by the Illinois chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

“I was surprised and amazed that I would be given that honor when there are others that I’m sure were very deserving,” said Cadmus. “I am very grateful to receive this recognition.”

Cadmus, who has been a member of NASW for more than 30 years, was nominated by Rosecrance Ware Center Director of Emergency Services Joan Lodge.

“Lynn Cadmus represents the highest ethical standards of social work,” Lodge said. “Her goal is always to improve the quality of life for people and for clients to know and believe that they have value.”

Cadmus is a trauma therapist with the Therapeutic Intervention Program (TIP) at the Rosecrance Ware Center. She has worked for Rosecrance since 2006.

TIP is the mental health court of Winnebago County. It was developed to reduce the number of arrests of people with mental illness, increase access to mental health treatment among individuals charged with nonviolent criminal offenses and to reduce the number of days of incarceration in the jail for people with mental illness.

Cadmus is an expert in gender-based trauma. She also is trained in Dialetical Behavioral Therapy and the treatment of personality disorders.

Cadmus’ state-level nomination qualifies her as a finalist for national recognition. An award ceremony will be held this fall to honor the statewide award winners.

According to NASW, Illinois has more than 12,000 professional social workers who dedicate their careers to helping people transform their lives or improving environments that make such progress possible. Social workers improve the fabric of society by serving as advocates for people who need help addressing serious life challenges.

NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies. With 150,000 members, NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world.

Judy Emerson
Director of Communications
Rosecrance Health Network
1021 N. Mulford Road
Rockford, IL 61107
815.387.5605 (office); 815.262.4685 (cell)
Email: Email Judy Emerson here

About Rosecrance:
Rosecrance, a private not-for-profit organization, is a national leader in treatment for substance abuse and is one of the largest and most respected providers of community mental health services in the state. With almost 100 years of experience serving families, Rosecrance has the administrative structure, professional expertise and long-term stability to provide quality, evidence-based care for children, adolescents, adults and families who need care for substance use and mental health disorders.

July edition of the Rosecrance electronic newsletter published

The July edition of the Rosecrance electronic newsletter has published. This month, we’re highlighting the opening of Rosecrance McHenry County, which offers evidence-based outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment services in McHenry, Illinois.

Rosecrance is dedicated to providing quality, evidence-based mental health and substance abuse treatment in an environment that fosters lasting recovery. Our programs are family centered and focus on helping clients and their loved ones develop the tools needed to rebuild their lives and reclaim what has been lost.

Read more about Rosecrance McHenry County here.

The newsletter also includes information on Rosecrance’s participation in 2012 Run for the Kids, the 13th annual Consumer Family Forum, upcoming training opportunities and more! Click here to read the newsletter.

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