Firefighter & Paramedic Substance Abuse Treatment Program
Addressing substance abuse and mental health issues while offering coping skills and building resiliency
Firefighters and paramedics 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 25 years of experience at the Chicago Fire Department, 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 firefighters and paramedics for co-occurring disorders.
The Rosecrance Florian Program is designed to address the complex biopsychosocial issues unique to the culture of firefighters and paramedics.
- Treatment for co-occurring disorders such as: substance abuse,
PTSD, anxiety, depression and ADHD
- On-site detox with medication assistance
- Comprehensive psychiatric evaluations including assessment of sleep disturbance
- Cortisol level testing and evaluation
- 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)
- Multi-channel exposure therapy (MCET)
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 94-bed adult facility, which offers a full continuum of inpatient and outpatient services.
Rosecrance offers comprehensive individualized discharge planning to provide a smooth transition to aftercare services in a client’s community.
The Rosecrance Florian Program is under the direction of Dan DeGryse, BA, BS, CEAP, CADC, LAP/C.
Dan has more than 25 years of experience as a firefighter with the Chicago Fire Department and served as an officer for 19 years. Dan presently holds the rank of Battalion Chief/EMT. He also served as the Coordinator of Chicago Firefighters’ Union Local 2 Employee Assistance Program for 14 years. Dan is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC), a Certified Labor Assistance Professional (LAP/C) and holds advanced training in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). Dan operated in the capacity of peer supporter in New York after the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, and in Chicago following the E-2 nightclub disaster. Dan has been a member of the International Association of Firefighters Labor/EAP committee since 2002.
Previously Dan worked six years 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 a few various articles for different blogs and online 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 DeGryse will be speaking at:
- LAP conference Las Vegas, NV July 21
- International F.O.O.L.S convention Chicago July 29
- Rosecrance Florian Symposium Rosemont IL September 28-30
- Houston FD Wellness conference Houston, TX October 19, 2016
- Northern Illinois F.O.O.L.S Rolling Meadows November 3, 2016
- Wellness symposium Houston Texas October 19, 2016
- IAFC annual conference Effington, IL November 6, 2016
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.
Jeff Dill founded Counseling Services for Firefighters, which was established in response to Hurricane Katrina. Dill spoke with firefighters who served in New Orleans and listened to the difficulties they had talking to counselors who did not have any firefighting experience. They became frustrated and never sought the help they needed.
CSFF’s mission is to educate counselors, doctors, social workers, marriage counselors and any other behavioral health specialists who want to work with firefighters. Workshops are designed to train and educate clinicians about the benefits of understanding the life and emotions of firefighters.
In 2011, Dill founded the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating firefighters and EMTs on suicide prevention and awareness. He travels the country doing workshops and speaking at conferences, as FBHA is the only known organization that collects data on firefighter suicides across the U.S. and globally.
Dill has worked 26 years in the fire service, and about 20 of those years have been spent with the Palatine (Illinois) Rural Fire Protection District. He serves as a captain there now but plans to retire from the district in January 2015 and relocate to Arizona with his family.
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.
ROSECRANCE FLORIAN SYMPOSIUM
September 28-30, 2016 – The Rosecrance Florian Symposium is a 3-day conference with speakers presenting on various behavioral health topics concerning the fire service.
Wednesday, September 28 – Pre-Conference Training Option: Classes with Sarra Reichwald of Rosecrance or Matt Olson and Dr. Cody Todd of the Illinois Firefighter Peer Support.
Thursday & Friday, September 29-30: 12 total speakers.
Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel
5300 N. River Road
O’Hare, Illinois, 60018
…over all, things are going okay. The most important aspect is that come today’s end I will have 59 days clean and healthy…and living one day at a time, I’m fairly confident I’ll achieve my 59th day today!
IOP, counseling, and AA / NA groups are going very well…I truly never would have thought of myself as an individual who found solace in all of these groups and therapy…but then again I am not just some “individual”. With these groups and such I have found some peace, guidance, faith, and simply realizing I am not alone or unique. I am so very grateful for all of this!
Again, and always, thank you for helping me learn how to save my life! Stay in touch!
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.
Things are going great on my end. I started my new job in Michigan yesterday with a big organization out here. As of today I have 99 days clean. I chair a meeting out here on Mondays and am also heavily involved with a Buddhist recovery group. I hit about 5 meetings a week at this point and seriously owe my sobriety to all the AA and refuge support I’ve found out here. My life has had some drastic changes for the better and I’m so grateful. Much more to report later as I’m on my lunch now and am working with limited time.
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.