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Rosecrance Foundation Benefit sets record for funds raised to serve patients in need

Jerry Paris receives Castle Award for service; Michael Cavanaugh perform

Michael Cavanaugh performs Monday, April 16, at 2012 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit. The annual event drew a record attendance of 830.

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ROCKFORD – The 2012 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit raised a record $480,000 to provide services to clients who need financial assistance for treatment of substance use and mental health disorders. The annual event also drew a record attendance of 830.

Entertainer Michael Cavanaugh and his band headlined the event on Monday, April 16, at Giovanni’s. The Benefit also featured presentation of the Castle Award to Jerry Paris, a Rockford businessman who has provided distinguished service on Rosecrance boards for almost two decades. A new video titled “Hope in Recovery,” which features Rosecrance alumni, was premiered at the event.

The annual event supports The Kinley Charity Care Fund, named for the late Verna Kinley, a former Rosecrance board member who was dedicated to the principle that no youth in need of treatment should be turned away because of a family’s inability to pay for services. Since 1984, The Kinley Fund has provided more than $6 million in care to patients.

John Griffin, chair of the Rosecrance Foundation Board of Directors, expressed gratitude for the ongoing support of corporations and individuals who make the Benefit successful. It is the organization’s main fundraising vehicle for charity care, which each year assists almost 300 families.

“We are so very grateful to everyone who supports the Benefit because they believe, as we do, in the power of every human spirit to heal,” Griffin said. “There is hope in treatment, and our event is all about helping people get the services they need, even if their financial resources are limited.

“Through their generosity, Rosecrance donors change and save the lives of people they will never meet.”

President/CEO Philip W. Eaton presented the Castle Award to Rosecrance Health Network Board Member Jerry Paris, who has helped to lead the organization in various roles for almost 20 years. Paris is a past board chair and currently leads the Foundation’s Endowment Committee.

“He has been there for us as we’ve built buildings, expanded programs and struggled to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people,” Eaton said of Paris. “He asks hard questions at the right time so that we can make the best decisions to move our mission forward and offer the best quality care.”

Paris owns several area Midas Auto Repair Centers. He founded the Rosecrance/Midas Golf Shootout in 1992 and oversaw it for a decade, during which time the event earned almost a quarter of a million dollars to support programs and services.

In addition to his work with Rosecrance, Paris has been involved in leadership at several other community agencies. He received the Crusader Community Health Spirit of Caring Award in 2007 for his deep community involvement.

The event traditionally highlights Rosecrance alumni who have been successful in recovery. A video titled “Hope in Recovery” premiered at the Benefit featuring a dozen alums speaking about their lives since treatment to help them overcome addiction.

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

About Rosecrance
Rosecrance is a private not-for-profit organization offering behavioral health services for more than 14,000 children, adolescents, adults and families each year. Rosecrance provides addiction treatment through inpatient and outpatient programs in Rockford, IL, and services at six offices in Chicagoland. Rosecrance offers community mental health services in Rockford and Belvidere. The organization was founded in 1916.

Rosecrance Flower Day 2012 announced

The event is set for Thursday, May 10

Rosecrance Flower Day 2012 is set from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, at two Gensler Gardens locations. Event locations are at 8631 11th Street in New Milford and at 102 Orth Road in Loves Park.

Choose from Gensler Gardens’ entire greenhouse selection of annuals, perennials and gorgeous hanging baskets at Rosecrance Flower Day 2012. All proceeds benefit Rosecrance programs and services.

While you visit, be sure to enter out drawing for a chance to win a beautiful garnet ring, courtesy of Busch Jewelers.

TMS therapy featured on Dr. Oz

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), the first and only non-invasive treatment for depression approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), was featured Wednesday, March 14, on the Dr. Oz program.

TMS is a non-medicinal treatment for major depressive disorder. It is managed by board-certified physicians and features no systemic side effects, such as weight gain or sexual problems. TMS was approved for use by the FDA in Oct. 2008.

“TMS is an exciting addition to Rosecrance’s armamentarium in our battle against depression,” said Dr. Raymond Garcia, M.D., medical director at the Rosecrance Harrison Campus.

The Dr. Oz episode is titled “5 Controversial Solutions to Your Biggest Complaints.” Click here to watch the episode.

From the show’s description:

Dr. Oz has the newest revolutionary therapies for pain, depression and weight loss. The controversial cure for back pain, the controversial weight loss shot – what works? Is your pain all in your head? Or are you missing the warning signs of fibromyalgia? Surprising solutions you haven’t heard!

Aspen Counseling & Consulting is the only provider of TMS in Rockford. Call Aspen at 815-399-9700 for more information or a free consultation.

NAMI recognizes ‘Stars’ who serve clients in Winnebago County


Mary Gubbe Lee (from left), Stephen F. Vrtol III, Bonnie Gilmore, Sherry Fink, Cindy Krigbaum and Rachel Albreckson pose for a photo at the 2012 Get to Know NAMI event at Klehm Arboretum in Rockford.

Rosecrance staffers, Stars of Light Theatre Troupe among those honored

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ROCKFORD, IL – The Rockford chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) honored eight individuals and recognized a local theater troupe for excellence at an event March 6 at Klehm Arboretum.

The annual Get to Know NAMI event is designed to provide families with information they need to help loved ones who have mental illness. NAMI also uses the occasion to recognize groups and individuals who provide stellar service to those seeking treatment.

Five Rosecrance staff members were honored, along with the agency’s client-based theater troupe. NAMI recognized: Sherry Fink, a longtime counselor at the Rosecrance Ware Center; Bonnie Gilmore, manager of the Recovery Resource Center; Barbara Frederickson, volunteer coordinator at the Recovery Resource Center; and Mary Gubbe Lee, training/volunteer coordinator for Rosecrance and founder of the Stars of Light Theatre Troupe. The ceremony was emceed by Steve Vrtol of Rosecrance, who was honored for his work directing the Stars of Light and other contributions to NAMI.

Stars of Light members received individual awards for their community presentations, which are designed to educate the public about mental illness and reduce stigma. The group is made up of clients and family members, volunteers and Rosecrance staff.

Others who received NAMI awards were: Rachel Albreckson, a counselor at Rockford Intervention Center; Cindy Krigbaum, a caseworker at Stepping Stones; and Eldon Wigget, a longtime NAMI volunteer who is a consumer recovery support specialist at Singer Mental Health Center. Wigget was named the “2012 Friend of NAMI.”

View more photos of this event on Flickr or Facebook.

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

About Rosecrance
Rosecrance is a private not-for-profit organization offering behavioral health services for more than 14,000 children, adolescents, adults and families each year. Rosecrance provides addiction treatment through inpatient and outpatient programs in Rockford, IL, and services at six satellite offices in Chicagoland. In addition, Rosecrance offers community mental health services in Rockford and Belvidere. The organization was founded in 1916.

Law enforcement officers graduate Rosecrance crisis intervention training


Judge Janet Holmgren, presiding judge of the Juvenile and Specialty Courts Division of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court, smiles while distributing state certificates for Rosecrance’s crisis intervention training (C.I.T.).

24 officers take 40-hour behavioral health training

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ROCKFORD, IL – Rosecrance awarded state certificates to 24 law enforcement officers from five area agencies on March 2 after they completed Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training, which educated them in identifying and appropriately responding to individuals they encounter on the job who may have a mental illness.

CIT training, which dates back to 2004 in Northern Illinois, promotes community safety, said Judge Janet Holmgren, presiding judge of the Juvenile and Specialty Courts Division of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court. Holmgren spoke at the graduation ceremony and awarded the certificates.

“Officers who encounter people who are in crisis get trained in de-escalation techniques, which ensure safety of the officer, the person in crisis and the community as a whole,” Holmgren said.

Officers who took the 40-hour training were from the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department and the cities of Rockford, South Beloit, Genoa and Sycamore. The graduation brings to more than 250 the number of law enforcement officers who have graduated from the training over 8 years.

Police departments look to these “behavioral health specialists” to respond to 9-1-1 calls and other situations that involve someone who is showing signs of a mental disturbance. The goal is to train officers to recognize when mental illness is playing a role in a disturbance or crime and to divert people who need behavioral health help away from jail or the courts, when appropriate.

“It is important for the City of Rockford Police Officers to be trained in Critical Incidents so they can effectively and efficiently de-escalate crisis situations involving people who are mentally and emotionally disturbed,” said Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson. “Officers exposed to this special training are not only better prepared to mitigate crisis situations in the community, but possess an inclusive understanding and application of the skills required to successfully interact with a mentally ill subject in any circumstance.”

Darin Spades, a 17-year veteran of the Rockford force, said he left the Rosecrance training with better skills to deal with people he encounters on the job who have a mental illness.

“We were trained in a variety of mental health-related topics, including legal implications and the connection between mental illness and homelessness,” he said. “Some signs of mental illness closely mimic symptoms displayed by people using hallucinogenic drugs.

“This training taught me the telltale signs and symptoms of mental illness to help me make more effective and informed decisions.”

The Rosecrance program is one of only four such state-approved trainings in the state. The others are in Chicago, southern Illinois and central Illinois. The state-sanctioned curriculum requires officers to receive training in various areas, including:

– How to recognize common types of mental illness
– How to understand the experiences, viewpoints and concerns of clients
– Listening skills and intervention strategies

Mary Gubbe Lee, who conducts the annual CIT training for Rosecrance, commended law enforcement agencies for the “huge commitment” they make to their communities by sending offers to be educated in behavioral health issues. CIT training has helped hundreds of individuals receive appropriate treatment through the years rather than being incarcerated or getting involved in the court system.

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

About Rosecrance
Rosecrance is a private not-for-profit organization offering behavioral health services for more than 14,000 children, adolescents, adults and families each year. Rosecrance provides addiction treatment through inpatient and outpatient programs in Rockford, IL, and services at six satellite offices in Chicagoland. In addition, Rosecrance offers community mental health services in Rockford and Belvidere. The organization was founded in 1916.

Rosecrance executive Abate named 'Woman of the Year' by magazine

Judges call Abate ‘dedicated,’ ‘tireless,’ ‘creative’

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ROCKFORD – Mary Ann Abate, vice president and chief operating officer for mental health services for Rosecrance Health Network, was named “Woman of the Year” for 2012 by Rockford Woman magazine for her outstanding work in the mental health field.

In selecting Abate from among 40 nominees and five finalists for the award, the judges noted several programs Abate led or influenced that changed the lives of people with mental illness:

    She helped to create and supervised Winnebago County’s mental health court, which has been recognized as one of the most successful programs of its type in the country. She has been on the leadership team for a similar court to serve juveniles involved in the justice system. That special courtroom will begin serving families this spring.
    She developed the contract between what is now the Rosecrance Ware Center (formerly Janet Wattles Center) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for Winnebago and Boone counties.
    She helped to create and implement crisis intervention training for law enforcement officers in Winnebago County who deal with individuals in mental health crisis. Almost 300 officers have been trained.
    In her role at Rosecrance, Abate is helping to create new programming to serve individuals with dual diagnoses of mental health and substance use disorders, as well as new programs for women who have suffered trauma.

Announcing the honor in the March/April issue of Rockford Woman, the judges wrote: “Mary Ann Abate has dedicated herself to bringing mental health issues to the forefront of our community for more than 40 years . . . She wholeheartedly understands what is needed to provide and support mental health workers for the future. We applaud her for her tireless efforts and thank her for reminding all of us why mental health is important to our community.”

Abate is a licensed social worker with a master’s degree in community mental health. She is involved in numerous local and state boards and commissions on issues related to mental health, including the Mental Health Advisory Board for Illinois.

The magazine quoted Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton, who said of Abate: “Mary Ann has compassion and cares deeply for the people we serve, and she treats everyone – from co-workers to clients – with the same kindness, respect and unconditional regard.”

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

About Rosecrance
Rosecrance is a private not-for-profit organization offering behavioral health services for more than 14,000 children, adolescents, adults and families each year. Rosecrance provides addiction treatment through inpatient and outpatient programs in Rockford, IL, and services at six satellite offices in Chicagoland. In addition, Rosecrance offers community mental health services in Rockford and Belvidere. The organization was founded in 1916.

2012 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit

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ROCKFORD – Rock ‘n’ roll sensation Michael Cavanaugh returns to the city on April 16 to headline the annual Rosecrance Foundation Benefit, which raises funds to serve clients who need financial assistance for substance abuse and mental health treatment.

The theme for the 2012 event is “Encore for Recovery,” marking both Cavanaugh’s return to the stage at Giovanni’s and the return of several Rosecrance alumni to tell their stories of hope. Some of these former patients have spoken at previous Benefits.

The event is set for 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $175 each or $1,500 for a table of 10. Sponsorships are still available. Buy tickets online here.

Backed by his band, the Tony- and Grammy-nominated Cavanaugh will present a program titled, “The Songs of Elton John and More.” A high-energy pianist and singer, Cavanaugh is being called the “New Voice of the Rock and Roll Songbook” for performances that pay tribute to the best songs of the genre. Since his successful run on Broadway in the hit musical “Movin’ Out,” Cavanaugh has been on tour performing sell-out programs with the nation’s premier symphonies.

Lynne Vass, Sr. VP of Development for Rosecrance, said Cavanaugh put on a stellar performance at the 2008 Rosecrance Benefit, prompting many regular attendees to ask for an encore.

“He is an enormously talented and engaging artist, and he understands our mission,” Vass said. “He was a big hit four years ago when he visited the adolescent campus in the afternoon to meet and sing for the kids. Then, he wowed the Benefit audience in the evening.”

The goal of the annual Foundation Benefit is to support The Kinley Charity Care Fund. The fund provides care for adolescents and adults whose families need financial help for treatment of substance use and/or mental health disorders.

Last year, The Kinley Fund provided a record amount of financial assistance to families seeking treatment for a loved one. The fund offered more than $425,000 in care to 262 adolescent and adult patients.

John Griffin, chairman of the Foundation Board, expressed gratitude for the generosity of benefactors in the community who support The Kinley Fund through the Benefit.

“Thousands of families have been helped through the years and many lives have been saved and permanently changed because of caring people in this community,” Griffin said.“With our troubled economy still creating pressure on families, the need is greater than ever. I’m confident that the amount of support will be greater than ever, as well.”

Since The Kinley Fund was established in 1984, it has provided almost $5 million in charity care to patients.

Each year, the Benefit features a gourmet meal, first-class entertainment and Stories of Hope from former Rosecrance patients. Also, a friend of Rosecrance will receive the Castle Award this year to recognize his or her outstanding service to the organization. The award is named for the late Clarence and Millard Castle, a father and son whose combined service to the Rosecrance board totaled more than 100 years. The 2012 Castle Award recipient has not been announced.

For information about tickets or sponsorships, call Lynne Vass at 815.387.5602 or email her here.

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.

February edition of the Rosecrance enewsletter available

The February edition of the Rosecrance enewsletter is now available. This month, we’re highlighting the impact the Rosecrance Experiential Therapies Department has on people in substance abuse recovery. The newsletter also includes information on giving to Rosecrance, upcoming trainings, news and more!

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Rosecrance's Abate named Woman of Year by Rockford Woman magazine

Pam Maher (from left), Carol Bennett, Mary Ann Abate, Kris Kieper and Christina Gloria pose for a photo after Abate was named Rockford Woman magazine’s Woman of the Year on Feb. 23 at a ceremony at Franchesco’s Ristorante in Rockford.

Mary Ann Abate, Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of Rosecrance’s Mental Health Division, has been named Woman of the Year by Rockford Woman magazine.

The award, which is given annually by the editors of the magazine, was presented at a Feb. 23 ceremony at Franchesco’s Ristorante in Rockford.

Rockford Woman magazine wrote about Abate:

A tragedy occurs and we ask ourselves, “What happened that someone could do such a thing?” We turn away the alarming news, turn off our television and go about our business. However, this Woman of the Year does not turn away. Mary Ann Abate has dedicated herself to bringing mental health issues to the forefront of our community for more than 40 years.

Mary Ann has worked tirelessly since starting as a licensed social worker for Janet Wattles to her current position as chief operating officer of the Mental Health Division of the Rosecrance Health Network.

Abate was nominated for the award in December. Other nominees were Carol Bennett, Cristina Gloria, Kris Kieper and Pam Maher. Rockford Woman magazine profiled each of the nominees at the time of their nominations.

The five finalists were chosen by the magazine’s advisory board from 40 nominees.

Read what the judges said about Abate here.

Read the complete article about Abate’s Woman of the Year award here.

Rosecrance responds to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's budget address

In his Feb. 22 budget address, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced plans to close Rockford’s Singer Mental Health Center. He did not indicate where residents would be relocated.

Rosecrance Health Network President/CEO Philip W.Eaton has issued a response:

We understand the closing of Singer, and it appears to make sense considering the critical financial condition of the state of Illinois. However, we are concerned about a transition plan for these individuals to proper care or to services in the community.

We learned from the round of hearings last year when the closure idea was first proposed that citizens of this state want appropriate care for this population. The committee that was charged with making the recommendation on closure concluded that the state was not ready with a transition plan.

Now, it is critical that the state and appropriate parties in communities begin making a solid plan to care for this vulnerable population.

We are ready to play a role in creating a transition plan for individuals who need the services that currently are being offered at Singer. We desperately need those services in our community and the ramifications of not having them will be dramatic.

Without appropriate transition services and ongoing community-based care, there is great danger of very vulnerable people falling through the cracks. We can expect more and more people to start showing up in emergency rooms, in the backs of police cars or ambulances.

Other portions of the budget speech announced significant cuts to an array of state programs and services. The state currently owes Rosecrance $9 million for mental health and substance abuse services already given to clients.

Rosecrance Chief Financial Officer John Schuster issued a response to the cuts:

Just Medicaid alone is a significant cut. The governor proposed an 18 percent cut. That would be a cut of about $1.8 million for us. And then he proposed 40 percent cut in mental health grants. How bad that is depends on how it’s implemented, whether it is a mix of rates and eligibility and types of services covered. The bottom line is it hits the most vulnerable people.

The overall impact is difficult to determine right now, but on the face of it, it appears that we would see a reduction of about $3 million in state funding that Rosecrance uses to serve the most vulnerable people.

This is a starting point for our planning, but we still have to see what the Legislature does and how Department of Human Services implements the inevitable reductions.

Eaton and Schuster both were quoted in this Rockford Register Star article on the budget.