Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus Philosophy
Rosecrance Griffin - Williamson Campus provides chemical dependency treatment for adolescents in evidence-based, 12-step-focused programs including medically monitored detoxification, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, and recovery homes. Individualized treatment plans include clinical, medical and experiential therapies to promote long-term recovery.
Areas of Specialization
Adult substance abuse services
Rosecrance believes strongly in the capability and power of you, as an individual, to recover. By choosing to enter treatment, you have taken the essential first step toward your recovery. Your treatment program will include group, individual and family counseling. Group activities include educational/didactic lectures, team building/recreational activities, spirituality, education, counseling and 12 Step education.
Adolescents who are assessed as needing a highly intense level of care in a residential setting, due to a moderate to serious impairment from chemical use, are admitted to the Residential program. This program is located at Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus. Here you will learn about the disease of addiction and receive the tools needed to live a drug-free lifestyle. Patients experience a treatment day that includes school, recreation, experiential therapies, art, educational lectures, process groups, recovery meetings, 12-Step groups, life skills (food prep, cooking, meal etiquette), coping skill groups and individual and family counseling.
Meet the Staff
Betty Bartos, MS, NCC, LCPC
Director of Community Recovery Integration and Support
Betty Bartos is the Director of Community Recovery Integration and Support. She is a National Certified Counselor responsible for oversight and management of long-term adult mental health services, including case management, residential, psycho-social rehabilitation and dialectical behavior therapy. Bartos has been with Rosecrance since 1990. She earned her B.S. from Slippery Rock University and her M.S. in psychology, with an emphasis on community mental health, from Western Illinois University.
Thomas Wright, MD, Addictionologist
Chief Medical Officer/Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs
Dr. Thomas Wright oversees all medical operations for Rosecrance. He specializes in working with adolescents who have a co-existing or secondary diagnosis in addition to an addiction disorder. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the field. Dr. Wright is certified as a child and adolescent psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in addiction medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He served on the faculty at Northwestern Medical College in Chicago and at The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Rockford.
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ABOUT ROSECRANCE GRIFFIN WILLIAMSON
Rosecrance is a private, nonprofit organization offering behavioral health services for children, adolescents, adults, and families throughout the United States. The Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus, which is set on 50 acres in Rockford, Ill., provides residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment for adolescents 12 to 18 years of age.
Medically monitored detox services are also available for clients at least aged 16 at nearby Rosecrance Health Center. Within the state, Rosecrance Griffin Williamson is among 54.3 percent of private nonprofit substance abuse treatment facilities and among 26.5 percent that offer specially tailored programs to adolescents.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
At the Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus, client assessments are free and available on a walk-in basis, as well as by telephone. Those who enroll in residential treatment typically stay 30 to 45 days. The evidence-based curriculum, grounded in 12-Step, and includes one family session and two individual sessions each week, along with group therapy six times a week.
Treatment for a dual diagnosis, is also available, if needed. Clients also follow a full school curriculum, receive academic support, and participate in experiential and creative activities, educational lectures, 12-step groups, as well as life and coping skills workshops.
After completing the residential program, clients may transition to one of two gender-specific recovery homes, which help residents acclimate to independent living while providing a safe, drug-free environment. They also may participate in the partial hospitalization program (PHP), which allows clients to receive the benefits of residential care seven days a week while permitting them to live at home in the evenings.
There also is an intensive outpatient program (IOP) that focuses specifically on recovery while clients remain in school and at home. Areas of concentration include coping skills, relapse prevention planning, recovery management skills, addiction education, and anger management.
In addition to family counseling, the center offers weekly support groups and a family education program for loved ones. Within the state, Rosecrance is among 9.3 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities that provide long term (30+ days) of residential, non-hospital care and among 36.8 percent with programs for clients with co-occurring disorders.
Within the state, Rosecrance is among 23.5 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities with a gold seal of approval from The Joint Commission. The organization also is a member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. The treatment team is led by a physician and addictionologist and includes registered nurses, certified addictions counselors, licensed social workers, recreational therapists, and nutritional specialists. To date, the 50 individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter generally appreciated the aptitude of staff.
Staff Experience and Training: 3.8/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The sprawling 80-bed, 67,000-square-foot treatment center has an on-site school, gym, chapel, and fitness studio. There’s also an outdoor dining patio, healing garden with stone waterfalls and pond full of bass, bluegill and koi, and Ipsen Conservatory for horticultural therapy. The facility’s website includes a photo of a shared bedroom.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, more than 30 alumni submitted moderately positive impressions of Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus. Many remarked favorably about the the caring and kind counselors, pleasant surroundings, and tasty food, expressed in the words of an anonymous reviewer as: “Very fun, very comfortable, very educational.” At least 18 of these former clients polled by Rehabs.com provided more detailed views of the facility and program, offering mostly positive feedback.
Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.2/5
Likelihood to Recommend: 3.8/5
Counseling Options: 3.2/5
“The womans program is very structured it goes from 6;00 am to around 10;00pm they keep you focused when in the groups,” D.H. wrote, while another alum added: “They are very well trained on the different problems associated with becoming sober. They also are very consistent with their treatment.”
However, several reviewers criticized grouping clients together rather than segregating them by age and remarked about the lack of safety, staff coverage, organization, and satisfactory amenities, described by one as: “Lots of gang members, also witnessed a lot of boxing, they put 18 year olds with kids under 18. Tiny beds, gross bathrooms, make the clients clean. Only positive was the food.”
On secondary sites, Rosecrance Griffin William Campus received mixed feedback to date: 3.1 out of five stars based on 16 reviews on Google; two stars based on 10 reviews on Yelp; and 3.9 stars based on 149 reviews on Facebook, which the organization can manage.   
Positive former clients remarked about their life-changing experience, the caring staff, and understanding and helpful counselors, such as five-star reviewer Taylor on Facebook, who had been to other rehab centers before and wrote: “Rosecrance saved my life. It is by far the best treatment center in Illinois.”
However, others disagreed and criticized the staff, lack of organization, and chaotic and unsafe conditions, such as Kitra on Google, who wrote: “Staff on substance disorder unit was not helpful in any way,” and Logan on Facebook, who added: “Impersonal care, underpaid staff, and poor success.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
To date, about 40 friends and family members submitted reviews that were moderately favorable to Rehabs.com about this facility. Many praised the caring and knowledgeable staff, beneficial family program, and well-kept and beautiful surroundings, such as R.G., who wrote: “The place was perfect. It was beautiful also with a gorgeous Japanese garden to help them fine peace. The staff was amazing.” At least 25 who participated in the Rehabs.com poll offered more detailed impressions of the facility.
Family Participation: 4/5
Likelihood to Recommend: 3.9/5
Connectivity/Visitor Policy: 3.7/5
In an otherwise highly positive review, which commended several programming points, such as “Excellent.Clean. Highly trained staff,” a loved one brought up the issue of high cost, writing: “Not accessible to people who can't afford to pay for their own treatment or don't have excellent private insurance.: Another loved one added: “Some counselors are inexperienced with addiction even though they have a certificate/degree in drug and alcohol counseling.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
Three staff members polled by Rehabs.com to date offered mostly positive views of the facility. On average, they considered treatment effective, staff well-trained and accessible, counseling options and discharge policies satisfactory, and physical conditions safe and comfortable. Critical comments included long waiting lists for clients with related requests for additional inpatient beds.
According to the facility’s website, the center accepts a range of insurance plans from providers, including Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, Cigna, and United Behavioral Health, as well as Medicaid Illinois. It also can help arrange financing treatment through American HealthCare Lending. Overall, the 50 individuals polled on the facility's cost by Rehabs.com offered moderately positive ratings.
Published on May 2019
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