Rosecrance Florian Program
for Uniformed Service Personnel
Addressing substance abuse and mental health issues while offering coping skills and building resiliency
Uniformed service personnel such as firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement officers, and military can encounter traumatic events in the line of duty every day. To deal with the stress of their jobs, some may turn to alcohol and other drugs.
The Rosecrance Florian Program offers the best opportunity for lasting recovery by incorporating occupational factors into the treatment process. Daniel DeGryse, an active-duty Battalion Chief/EMT with more than 28 years of experience at the Chicago Fire Department and 30 years of experience in the field of addiction and mental health, directs the Rosecrance Florian Program. He developed the program in collaboration with Dr. Raymond Garcia, a board-certified psychiatrist and addictionologist who is trained and experienced in treating uniformed service personnel for co-occurring disorders.
Thanks to the Birds Eye View Project for creating this video and for raising funds and awareness for Veteran & First-Responder charities across the United States.
The Rosecrance Florian Program is designed to address the complex biopsychosocial issues unique to the culture of firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement officers, and military.
- Treatment for co-occurring disorders such as: substance abuse,
PTSD, anxiety, depression and ADHD
- On-site detox with medication assistance
- Comprehensive psychiatric evaluations
- Individual, group and family therapy
- One-on-one counseling and group therapy with a peer/professional
- Peer support groups
- Pain assessment and treatment
- Counseling with certified fire chaplain
- Experiential therapies, including art and recreation
- Nutrition health education
- Physician care
Additional Services (as indicated)
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
- Sleep disturbance assessment
- Cortisol level testing and evaluation
Learn more about Firefighter Behavioral Health in the Rosecrance Florian Program.
The Rosecrance Florian Program is housed in a designated co-ed unit at Rosecrance Harrison Campus — a modern adult facility, which offers a full continuum of residential and outpatient services.
If you or someone in your circle of family and friends is dealing with stress-related issues (i.e. substance abuse, marital problems or financial issues) due to your occupation, call to talk to someone who can direct you to helpful resources.
Call 815.391.1000 or 888.928.5278.
Dan DeGryse, BA, BS, CADC, CEAP, CAI, Rosecrance Florian Program Director, began his career as a firefighter with the Chicago Fire Department in 1989 and has served as an officer since 1995. Dan presently holds the rank of Battalion Chief/EMT. He also served as the Coordinator of the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for 14 years. In his position, aside from his general responsibilities, he developed a peer support team to broaden the EAP’s reach within the fire department. Dan is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional, Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, Certified Labor Assistance Professional, Certified ARISE Interventionist, and he holds advanced training in Critical Incident Stress Management.
Dan has been a member of the International Association of Firefighters Labor/EAP committee since 2002. He also was a member of the team that created the IAFF Peer Support Training and is a Master Instructor for it. Previously, Dan worked as a counselor at a private hospital where his experience included individual, group, and family therapy for adolescents and adults in the area of addictions and behavior management.
Dan has written various articles for different blogs, as well as online and print magazines:
Chicago Fire Department Suicide Study – “Grieving Behind the Badge” blog
Saving Our Own – “Grieving Behind the Badge” blog
Aftermath – “Grieving Behind the Badge” blog
Stress, Cortisol complicate fire service work – Firefighter Nation
A Personal Discovery about Stress and Cortisol – Fire Engineering
Injuries, the Job and Addiction – Fire Engineering
Dan is a columnist for Fire Rescue magazine. If you don’t currently receive this publication, register on the Fire Rescue magazine website.
Dan’s Speaking Engagements
LAP Conference Las Vegas July 15, 2014
World EAPA Conference Orlando, FL September 30, 2014
FDIC Indianapolis, IN April 22, 2015
WSFCA Milwaukee, WI June 26, 2016
IAFF Redmond Symposium National Harbor, Maryland August 25, 2016
IFCA Peoria, IL October, 13, 2015
Federation of Fire Chaplains Palm Beach Gardens, FL October 20, 2015
National Surviving the Fire Service Symposium Davie, FL April 13, 2016
FDIC Indy, IN April 20, 2016
Old Mystic behavioral health conference Old Mystic, CT May 7, 2016
IAFPD Peoria, IL June 24, 2016
LAP conference Las Vegas, NV July 21, 2016
F.O.O.L.S International convention Chicago, IL July 29, 2016
Rosecrance Florian Symposium Rosemont, IL September 28-30, 2016
Fort Worth FD Wellness conference Fort Worth, TX October 19, 2016
California Lutheran University & Oxnard Firefighters Foundation | Camarillo, CA | February 10, 2017
WSFCA | Baraboo, WI | March 2, 2017
Iowa Professional Chiefs Association | Ames, Iowa | April 5, 2017
FDIC | Indianapolis, IN | April 26, 2017
North Olmstead FD Behavioral Health conference | North Olmstead, OH | Sept 26
Washington State Fire Chiefs Conference | Olympia, Washington | Nov 10
FDIC 2018 – Keynote Address at the Opening Ceremonies, “Straight Talk” | Indianapolis, IN | April 25, 2018
Click to read Dan’s Q&A with Fire Engineering Magazine
Missouri Valley Fire Chief’s Conference, “Addressing Behavioral Health in the Fire Services” | Davenport, IA | July 20, 2018
The Rosecrance Florian Program benefited from the wisdom of an Advisory Panel made up of firefighting leaders, both active and retired, from across the nation. The clinical team will regularly consult with the panel for ongoing guidance.
Derek Bergsten was sworn in as the 10th chief of the Rockford (Illinois) Fire Department on Nov. 14, 2008. He has served with the department since 1994, coming to Rockford from the Loves Park Fire Department, where he worked for three years as a firefighter/EMT-B. Before he was appointed chief in Rockford, Bergsten was as a company officer in the positions of lieutenant and captain.
Bergsten furthered his education after joining the department, obtaining associate degrees in science and fire science from Rock Valley College, a bachelor’s degree in business and organizational development from Western Illinois University, and a master’s degree in public administration from Northern Illinois University. In addition to holding many specialized fire certifications, he is also the first member of the Rockford Fire Department to be accepted into the Executive Fire Officer Program of the National Fire Academy. Bergsten is also designated as a Chief Fire Officer and Chief EMS Officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
In addition to his duties with the Rockford Fire Department, Bergsten also serves as a Rock River Valley Pantry board member and as a volunteer with the YMCA of Rock River Valley and Rockford Public Schools. He is happily married and the father of three children.
Joe Casalino has served 28 years with the North Providence (Rhode Island) Fire Department and currently holds the position of battalion chief. He has been the director of the fire department’s employee assistance program for the last nine years and has spent eight years as a member of the Rhode Island Critical Incident Stress Management Team.
Casalino is trained in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention, as well as individual crisis intervention, peer support training, group crisis intervention and advanced group crisis intervention. He is a certified ARISE Interventionist and co-owner of Code 3 Interventions. Casalino is a certified LAPC, SAP and NCAC-1.
He has been married to Bridgette for 11 years and has three children: Alex, 30, Felicia, 27, and Jefferey, 16.
Aurelio De La Rosa
Aurelio De La Rosa is a lifelong resident of Rockford, Illinois, who works as an investigator assigned to the Rockford Police Department’s Training Unit. He is also active with the Police Benevolent & Protective Association Unit 6, serving as president and as a member of the Executive Board.
De La Rosa began his law enforcement career in 1991 with the Rockford Police Department. He also serves as chairman of the Rockford Police Peer to Peer Support Unit and is assigned to the SWAT Team as a scout sniper and a member of the Use of Force Review Board. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner appointed De La Rosa to be a police commissioner on the state Commission on Professional Policing. He’s been honored for his law enforcement work, receiving the 2011 Officer Brian Jackson Award for “Courage Under Fire” from the Warrior SOS Foundation and the 2016 Exceptional Service Medal from the Rockford Police Department. He is a certified instructor in many areas, including master firearms, control/defense tactics, ground fighting, Taser, active shooter and cultural diversity.
De La Rosa also is a decorated combat Army veteran. He joined the Army in 1986 and served four years as an infantry sergeant. He then served two years in the Illinois National Guard and then two years in the Army Reserves. De La Rosa earned a Purple Heart for wounds he suffered while serving in Operation Just Cause in Panama.
In addition to his military and law enforcement background, De La Rosa is the proprietor of DeLaRosa Submission Wrestling Academy. He is ranked in Jiu-Jitsu, Brazilian Luta Livre and Shotokan Karate.
Richard Dory was born on the southwest side of Chicago in 1955 and entered the Chicago Fire Department in 1976 after graduating as valedictorian of his paramedic class. He rose through the ranks as a firefighter, engineer, lieutenant and captain. He was a battalion chief for 13 years and retired with nearly 37 years on the job.
While Dory was a lieutenant, he taught three firefighter candidate classes at the fire academy. He served on the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 Health and Safety Committee for several years during the 1990s. While a member of the committee, Dory attended the Jeffrey Mitchell Critical Incident Stress Management class in Kansas City, Missouri. He currently serves on Local 2’s Public Relations Committee, which is primarily involved in numerous charity activities. Dory also has been an instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute for more than 20 years.
In September 2001, Dory was sent with several other members of the Chicago Fire Department to New York City by the Federal Emergency Management Association to provide peer support to firefighters working at the World Trade Center. Dory retired about two years ago, but he still actively volunteers with organizations such as Make-A-Wish, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Cure It Foundation and the International Association of Fire Fighters Warrior Program. He’s also a member of Local 2’s Gatekeepers peer support team.
Dory said his hobbies include fixing anything mechanical or electrical. He plays ice hockey and loves to backpack and hike in the mountains. He said he’s very passionate about doing the right thing.
Frank A. Farias
Frank Farias started with the Chicago Fire Department in 2001. He spent 13 years with the organization as a firefighter/EMT, earning numerous unit performance awards until he retired because of a disability.
Farias is certified as a Firefighter II, EMT-B, air-sea rescue dive boat pilot, rescue diver, Hazardous Materials Technician A, heavy vehicle and farm vehicle extrication technician, WMD technician and airport rescue firefighter. He is also certified to do high-angle technical (vertical 1 and 2), confined-space, trench and collapse rescues. He was certified as a Chicago Fire Department apparatus driver on the tower ladder, engine, squad, hazmat, ambo, air mask and dive boat.
A veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, Farias served with the organization from 1985 to 1990. He is a member of the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 Gatekeeper Program and owned his own business, F&M Snow Plowing, from 2007 to 2013.
Bobby Halton is the editor in chief of Fire Engineering magazine and has been the education director of the Fire Department Instructors Conference since 2005. Halton is a native New Yorker whose family has deep roots in the fire service and law enforcement communities.
He began his career in structural firefighting with the Albuquerque (New Mexico) Fire Department and rose through the ranks to become chief of training. Halton was chief of operations until his retirement from the department in 2004. He then became chief of the Coppell (Texas) Fire Department. He left Coppell to take over leadership of the magazine, which is published by PennWell Corp. and based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Halton is a graduate of the University of New Mexico. He left duty as a member in good standing with the International Association of Fire Fighters, is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, has served on several of the National Fire Protection Association technical committees and is seated on the National Advisory Committee of the Congressional Fire Services Institute.
He also has worked as a subject matter expert in National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health firefighter line of duty death investigations and served with the U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program. Halton is active with the National Fallen Firefighters, the Firefighters Cancer Support Network, the Fire Smoke Coalition and the Fire Service-Based EMS Advocates. He has done extensive speaking and training for the fire service in the U.S. and Canada, and internationally.
Before becoming a firefighter, Jeremy Hurd was a high school teacher and coach, and then a special-event fundraiser for two national not-for-profit charities. He was a part-time pastor intermittently in supporting roles for a few churches while maintaining a full-time career.
Hurd has been employed by Palm Beach County (Florida) Fire Rescue for 10½ years, and has been a captain for about two years. Nearly seven years ago, the department began discussing the need for a chaplain program, which resulted in Hurd becoming the chaplain. He volunteers in that role, which supports the spiritual needs of the 1,400-member department. Twelve other chaplains have been trained during the past two years. Hurd also is working to build the regional chaplain team in southeast Florida.
To keep current on National Incident Management System and fire training, Hurd continually takes Emergency Management Institute and National Fire Academy classes both online and on campus. He has taken many classes locally and has state certifications in the following: Live Fire Training Instructor, Inspector 1, Investigator I, Instructor III, and Fire Officer 1 and II. He is an instructor in basic, advanced cardiovascular and pediatric advanced life supports. Hurd has a bachelor’s degree in youth ministries from Bob Jones University, and he recently received an associate degree in fire science from Health Career Institute. He also has been accepted in the master’s degree in business administration program with a specialization in public administration at Liberty University.
Hurd is scheduled to be promoted to A.R.F.F. captain next spring and is on the promotional roster for the district captain (EMS) position. He has an advanced chaplain certificate from the Federation of Fire Chaplains and teaches classes for the FFC locally.
Patrick J. Kenny
Patrick Kenny has been a member of the fire service for more than 32 years. He retired from the Hinsdale (Illinois) Fire Department with more than 24 ½ years of service – 14 years as the fire chief – and he currently serves as the fire chief in Western Springs, Illinois.
Kenny is a member of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association Promotional Assessment Board and the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association Educational & Research Foundation. He’s also a past president of the association. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Loyola University and an associate degree in fire science from the College of DuPage.
Recently, Kenny received the highest certification in Illinois for a chief officer. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer program and received the chief officer designation from the International Association of Fire Chiefs . Kenny has twice been awarded the Fire Prevention Achievement Award by the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association, as well as the Richard Arthur Lifetime Achievement Award. He was recognized by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association as Fire Chief of the Year in 2004 and was nominated for the same award by Fire Chief magazine for the International Association of Fire Chiefs that same year.
Kenny is an instructor for the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, Illinois Fire Service Institute and Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy. He has articles published in the areas of leadership, fireground safety, mental health and fire code challenges.
Anthony Lancellotti is a 26-year veteran of the Providence Fire Department in Rhode Island. He is currently assigned to Ladder Co. 6, which protects the downtown and Federal Hill sections of the city. Lancellotti has been a member of the Providence Firefighters Local 799 Employee Assistance Program since 1995. He was one of six members of that group sent to assist the New York City Fire Department after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In 2003, he was asked to be the EAP’s director.
He is also the president of the Labor Assistance Professionals Rhode Island Chapter, a member of the MA/RI EAPA and has earned certifications as a LAP/C, NCAC – 1 and SAP. Lancellotti has served on the Providence Firefighters Local 799 Honor Guard and ran the hockey team that raised more than $50,000 for various charities through the city.
Lancellotti is married to Dawn, who is a school teacher in the nearby city of Cranston. They have three sons: Joseph, 26, who is serving in the Rhode Island National Guard in Afghanistan; Anthony, 17, who is a senior at Cranston High School East; and Domenic, who is a sixth-grader at George J. Peters Elementary School.
Jim Neary has been a member of the Chicago Fire Department for the past 17 years and currently holds the rank of lieutenant. He is working toward a degree in fire science.
His certifications represent multiple areas, including hazmat, EMS and terrorism response. He has been on the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 Health and Safety Committee since 2007 and has served as a battalion steward for 12 years with the Chicago Firefighters Union. Neary is a member of Local 2’s Gatekeeper peer support team and has had many personal experiences with assisting members in need.
Neary said he’s considering changing his future focus from management to something more involved with employee assistance programs.
Jim Purl has served 28 years with the Chicago Fire Department and currently holds the rank of battalion chief. He distinguishes himself from the rest of the department’s battalion chiefs because he’s one of only three designated as a special operations chief.
Purl has received many awards during his distinguished career, including the Lambert Tree. That honor is the highest award for bravery, which Purl received in 1993 for saving lives during the Paxton hotel fire. He also won the Illinois Medal of Honor for rescues he made at that same fire.
He started working with the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 Gatekeeper Program in 2013 after several trainings that included suicide awareness information. Purl has intervened in several suicide situations both on the job and as a Gatekeeper. He’s passionate about helping others.
Purl was born in 1961, the youngest of five children, to Pat and William Purl. He has been married to his wife, Lynn, for 27 years, and they have three daughters: Lindsey, Kelly and Jamie.
Rev. James E. Swarthout
The Rev. James E. Swarthout is the clergy community relations coordinator for Rosecrance Health Network in Rockford, Illinois. Swarthout lives with his wife, Claudia, in the suburban community of Barrington Hills. He served as a priest for more than 27 years and ministered to parishes in the Illinois communities of Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Rockford, West Dundee and McHenry.
Swarthout also has served on mental health boards at local and state levels. He has been a member of Rotary Club boards in Crystal Lake and Fox Valley, and is a recipient of the Paul Harris award, one of Rotary’s top honors. Swarthout is the founder of the St. Paul Diaper Bank Partnership and is a board member for the National Diaper Bank Network, which distributes more than 97 million diapers annually to children throughout the country.
He has been certified as an advanced addictions counselor in Illinois for more than 25 years and became certified as a relapse prevention therapist in 1991. He has served as an adjunct faculty member with Columbia and Webster universities, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in counseling and leadership. Swarthout also has been a columnist and op-ed writer for the Northwest Herald and Kane County Chronicle, and a contributor to McHenry County Living Magazine. He recently became a certified intervention professional through ARISE Interventionist Training and the Pennsylvania Certification Board. He is also a member of the Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains and Federation of Fire Chaplains.
2018 Rosecrance Florian Symposium
October 15-16, 2018
The third annual Rosecrance Florian Symposium is hitting the road this fall!
In partnership with several North Carolina organizations, Rosecrance will host the symposium at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 15-16, 2018. This two-day training provides insight, education and resources for first responders, military personnel, veterans, clinicians, employee assistance providers, and chaplains. Attendees will hear from nationally known speakers on topics like substance use disorders, mental health and well-being, trauma, peer support and more.
Mental Health First Aid USA Training for Firefighter/First Responders
September 24-27, 2018 | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus
1601 N. University Drive, Rockford, IL
Responding to life threatening emergencies is what you do best. Let us add more tools to your first aid kit.
I am doing amazing! I am living in sober living, just with two other girls. I have just stayed super busy and loving my sober time in the city! I have 70 days today! Made it past my 60 day curse! I have been meeting up with Jim at meetings, and have talked to the other guys over the phone, along with Jess! Life is great right now! Can’t thank you enough for everything! Hope you are well!
All is well here! Today is Day 172 for me, I’m on duty at the firehouse, and I’m grateful that I’m not having any significant problems walking the straight and narrow.
Today, I celebrated one full year clean and sober. I cannot express how HUGE this is for me. You all were such a huge part of my success with this. Rosecrance started my path to recovery and a year later here I am. I have a great job, I’m in school working toward a degree in social work and human services, and heavily involved with my recovery with my recovery community here. I’m so grateful to all of you for for this gift and I look forward to doing for others as you all did for me. You helped save my life and give me life.
Birds Eye View Project
Rosecrance will be one of the nine identified recipients of the Birds Eye View Project:
The Birds Eye View Project is a web series & documentary chronicling the epic extreme-sports journey of Veteran and former Navy SEAL, Ryan “Birdman” Parrott, raising funds and awareness for Veteran & First-Responder charities across the United States.