Behavioral Health for Firefighters & Paramedics with the Rosecrance Florian Program
January 9, 2015
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.