Rosecrance Champaign/Urbana FAQ

Life’s Waiting: Rosecrance Champaign/Urbana (RCU)

“The real work to establish a comprehensive, integrated system of behavioral health care in Champaign County begins now, and we need your help.” –Philip W. Eaton, Rosecrance President/CEO

Sheila Ferguson, Executive Director, Rosecrance Champaign Urbana

“Now, instead of talking about what ‘might’ happen, we can begin speaking in terms of what ‘can’ happen under the right circumstances. It will no longer be an academic exercise to discuss how we might respond to persistent, treatable, substance use and mental health disorders that exist in our community.” –Sheila Ferguson, Executive Director, Rosecrance Champaign Urbana


What is Rosecrance?

Rosecrance is a private not-for-profit behavioral health organization that provides help, hope and lasting recovery to individuals struggling with substance use and mental health disorders. Last year, Rosecrance served more than 32,000 children, teens, adults and families and celebrated 100 years of changing and saving lives.

Rosecrance traces its history to Dr. James and Fannie Rosecrance, who left provisions in their will to establish an orphanage for boys. The organization adapted to meet the community’s needs, and in the 1980s began to shift its focus toward providing services for behavior disorders and addiction treatment for individuals of all ages. Currently, Rosecrance’s comprehensive addiction services include prevention education, early intervention, detoxification, residential and outpatient treatment, and recovery homes for teens and adults. Mental health services include outpatient therapy and counseling, crisis assessment services, case management, community-based and clinic-based groups, housing/residential services and supports.

In addition to our substance abuse residential sites in Rockford, Illinois, Rosecrance also offers outpatient services and recovery support in the Chicagoland area, Northern Illinois, the Quad Cities and southern Wisconsin.

In July 2016, Rosecrance expanded into Champaign, Illinois with the merger of Community Elements, a large community mental health organization into Rosecrance. This merger makes Rosecrance a leading provider of evidence-based treatment for behavioral health services in the Champaign-Urbana area.



How serious are the substance abuse and mental health problems in the U.S?

  • The U.S. Surgeon General released a landmark report in 2016 calling substance misuse “one of the critical health problems of our time.”
  • Similarly, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimated that 43.6 million (18.1%) of Americans ages 18 and older experienced some form of mental illness in 2014.
  • Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental disorders, followed by depressive disorders.
  • About 11% of children ages 4 to 17 (6.4 million) have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as of 2014.
  • In 2014, there were an estimated 9.8 million adults (4.1%) ages 18 and older with a serious mental illness. Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
  • Addiction is a complex brain disease with many risk factors, including genetics and age of first use. Some important statistics:
    • In 2015, substance use disorders affected 20.8 million Americans – almost 8 percent of the adolescent and adult population. That’s more than the annual prevalence of all cancers combined.
    • 78 people die every day in the United States from an opioid overdose, and those numbers have nearly quadrupled since 1999.
    • Despite the fact that we have treatments we know are effective, only 1 in 5 people who currently need treatment for opioid use disorders is actually receiving it.
    • Many more people now die from alcohol and drug overdoses each year than are killed in automobile accidents.


How well is Illinois equipped to address the substance use issues that exist throughout the state?

Overdose deaths, particularly from prescription drugs and heroin, have reached epidemic levels. The following statistics are from a 2016 report entitled Diminished Capacity: The Heroin Crisis and Illinois Treatment in a National Perspective:

  • Illinois’ General Revenue funding for addiction treatment decreased by roughly 30 percent, from $111 million in 2007 to $79 million in 2012.
  • Illinois had the lowest rate of state-funded treatment when compared to other Midwestern states.
  • Illinois ranked first in the U.S. for decline in treatment capacity between 2007 and 2012, with the number of treatment episodes falling by 52 percent.
    • In 2007, Illinois ranked 28th in state-funded treatment capacity before dropping to No. 44, or third worst in 2012, behind Tennessee and Texas, respectively.
    • Illinois’ state-funded treatment rate in 2012 was 265 per 100,000, which was 50 percent lower than the national rate.
  • From 2007 – 2012, state general revenue funding dropped by nearly 30%, and Medicaid funding dropped by 4%, leaving state-funded addiction treatment in jeopardy.
  • Illinois was the Midwestern state found to be the least equipped to provide treatment for growing numbers of heroin users in need of help.


Do we have people with mental health and substance use problems in Champaign County?

Large cities like Chicago, as well as smaller metropolitan areas, have seen increases in heroin use and overdose deaths…Heroin use in Peoria and Champaign-Urbana, more than doubled between 2007 and 2012, to 16 percent and 13 percent, respectively.[1]

In Champaign-Urbana, Rosecrance initiated a series of Community Forums, meetings with stakeholders and others to identify community needs related to behavioral health. Rosecrance also participated in the Illinois Project for Local Assessment of Needs (IPLAN) with local providers, hospitals, and public health representatives to further determine, through the Champaign County Community Health Plan, the four health priorities to address in 2014-2017.

These are:

  1. Access to Care
  2. Behavioral Health
  3. Obesity
  4. Violence

With respect to #2 above, Champaign County’s goal is to improve behavioral health and wellness by increasing capacity and access to care, providing educational opportunities, increasing prevention activities, and advocating that treatment works and recovery is possible.


I see and hear ads for substance abuse and mental health services all the time. What makes Rosecrance different?

Rosecrance provides comprehensive, evidence-based treatment protocols and programs that have been proven to manage symptoms of substance use disorders and prevent relapse. More than 80 percent of adults and adolescents successfully complete residential treatment for addiction at Rosecrance, which is higher than state and national averages.

In addition to high quality programs, Rosecrance offers a continuum of care—outpatient, intensive outpatient, residential and transitional—that provides a depth and breadth of support that serves as a model for behavioral health standards nationwide.

Rosecrance is also a recognized expert for training first point-of-contact responders such as law enforcement, school personnel, counselors, clinicians and clergy to help identify and respond to mental health emergencies (including suicide risk). Trainings include the nationally recognized program Mental Health First Aid and continuing education programming on a variety of behavioral health topics.


What is evidence-based treatment?

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) defines evidence-based practices, also known as EBPs, as treatments that have been researched academically or scientifically, been proven effective, and replicated by more than one investigation or study. This model integrates medically researched evidence with individual patient values and the clinical experience of the provider. Evidence-based treatment practices are meant to make treatment more effective for more people by using scientifically proven methods and research.


What Rosecrance services are currently available in Champaign County?

In addition to existing mental health services, Rosecrance now also offers the following substance abuse programs:

  • Confidential assessments
  • Adult outpatient group and individual treatment
  • Adult dual-diagnosis outpatient group and individual treatment
  • Adolescent (ages 12-18) outpatient group, family, and individual treatment
  • Continuing care groups for adults and adolescents


What if I need detox, residential or recovery home services?

Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus in Rockford, IL

These services are currently available only in Rockford at this time, which includes a comprehensive adult health center and the first licensed adolescent detox center in Illinois. However, an individual in need of these programs may complete an assessment in Champaign to ensure he or she is accessing the appropriate level of care. For those who are confirmed to need detox or residential services, RCU offers a seamless transition with the outpatient and continuing care groups.


What happened to the TIMES Center?

Last fall, Rosecrance shifted the focus of the TIMES Center from shelter care to transitional housing and breaking down barriers to self-sufficiency, which in many cases means access to substance abuse and/or mental health treatment. The fall/winter shelter was able to continue until it closed for the season on March 31 thanks to the United Way, local donors, and a group of local churches and volunteers. This allowed Rosecrance to focus on transitional housing and supports where those in our care benefited from breaking down the barriers to homelessness. The result is that over 75% of our TIMES Center residents are currently employed and have savings accounts. Additionally, all who need treatment, either mental health or substance abuse, now receive it.


How do clients pay for treatment at Rosecrance?

Many Rosecrance clients have insurance coverage, including Medicaid, which includes substance use and mental health treatment. Underinsured or uninsured clients may qualify for help from the Rosecrance Kinley Charity Care Fund, which has provided nearly $8 million in assistance since it was established in 1984. In addition, we provided more than $3 million last year in community benefit care – a measure of the cost of public services delivered by Rosecrance that were not reimbursed at the true cost of the care.


No one in my family has a behavioral health problem? How does Rosecrance’s work impact us?

A substance use or mental health problem can develop anytime, and both issues affect people of all ages from across the socioeconomic landscape. These disorders also impact our neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, law enforcement, court system and other parts of the community in a way that diminishes their capacity to carry out their original mission and purpose as intended. And new statistics now show that forty-three percent of drivers tested in fatal crashes in 2015 had used a legal or illegal drug, eclipsing the 37 percent who tested above the legal limit for alcohol, according to a report released Wednesday by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility.[2]

The estimated yearly economic impact of substance misuse and substance use disorders is $442 billion total. Yet every $1 invested in addiction treatment programs yields a return on investment of between $4 and $7 in reduced drug-related crime, criminal justice costs, and theft alone. When savings related to health care are included, total savings can exceed costs by a ratio of 12 to 1[3]


Does treatment work?

Addiction is a devastating health crisis, and the demand for treatment for this chronic brain disease is growing. However, the Surgeon General’s report confirms our beliefs and experience that treatment is effective: “As with other chronic, relapsing medical conditions, treatment can manage the symptoms of substance use disorders and prevent relapse. Rates of relapse following treatment for substance use disorders are comparable to those of other chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, and hypertension. More than 25 million individuals with a previous substance use disorder are in remission and living healthy, productive lives.”[4] Millions of others have learned to manage their mental health challenges in a way that allows them to engage more fully and freely at home, at work, at school and in every other area of their lives.

100 years of experience have helped us create high quality, nationally-recognized, evidence-based behavioral health treatment programs that work. As the father of one client recently said, “Thank you for giving us our daughter back.”


How do I learn more about Rosecrance’s work in Champaign County?

For more information, contact Sheila Ferguson, Executive Director of Rosecrance Champaign/Urbana, at 217-693-4601 or


How can I support Rosecrance’s work in Champaign County financially?

The best way to help at this time is to support Hoops, Help and Hope, our upcoming fundraising event at the I-Hotel on November 9 ( Chris Herren, the featured speaker at this event, is personally and painfully familiar with the serious consequences of a substance use disorder. As a former addict who lost his NBA career as a result of his drug use, Chris is well qualified to appeal to the hearts and minds of all who hear his presentation. He is an inspiring and effective speaker who is recognized as someone who can help diminish the stigma associated with the need for treatment and seeking help.

For more information, contact Betsy Liotus, Director of Development, Champaign/Urbana at or 815-387-1601.

[1] A state and national overview of the opioid and heroin crisis, Jessica Reichert and Vernon Smith, November 16, 2016, based on a report from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

[2] “Drugged driving eclipses drunken driving in tests of motorists killed in crashes,” Ashley Hallsey III, The Washington Post, April 26, 2017

[3] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Surgeon General, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. Washington, DC: HHS, November 2016.

[4] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Surgeon General, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. Washington, DC: HHS, November 2016.