Detox beds open at Rosecrance Mulberry Center

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One of the detox rooms at Rosecrance Mulberry Center.

The Rosecrance Mulberry Center, home to crisis residential and triage programs, started welcoming clients who need detoxification services this month.

The 7,000-square-foot center opened in October and is named for its location at 605 Mulberry St. in Rockford. It’s a one-of-a-kind facility in Illinois for people experiencing psychiatric crisis.

Mulberry has four detox beds available to clients with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. The crisis residential program has 12 more beds for people who need ongoing stabilization but not hospitalization. The program’s average length of stay is three to five days, but clients can stay up to 14 days. The triage program has space for seven people who need immediate evaluation during a psychiatric crisis.

Anne Fridh, Rosecrance Ware Center Administrator

Anne Fridh, Rosecrance Ware Center Administrator

Though detox just launched, Rosecrance Ware Center Administrator Annie Fridh said staff is already starting to see more collaboration between referral sources.

“This continues to let us treat the whole person,” Fridh said. “It also boosts our ability to address co-occurring disorders in a way that we haven’t been able to before and help clients work through their psychiatric crises and then refer to outpatient and/or inpatient care, if needed.”

The detox beds are located in two rooms, with two beds to a room. They’re closest to the nurses’ station so clients can be closely monitored.

Fridh helped train local police departments on how to use the Mulberry Center, and she said law enforcement officials are excited about the launch of the detox beds.

“We’d have folks come in before who were intoxicated, and we had to send them to the emergency room,” Fridh said. “Now, the police can bring them here and know that they’re getting the care they need, and the officers can get back on the street and do their jobs rather than linger in the ER for hours waiting for clearance.”

Mulberry accepts public and private insurance for all of its services. Fridh said staff is working on more collaboration with SwedishAmerican and Rockford Memorial hospitals to increase referrals for clients who don’t need inpatient care.