“Oconomowoc,” our admissions counselor tells the parent on the other end of the line, “It’s in Wisconsin, near Milwaukee.”
You can almost see the concern through the telephone as the thought of packing up her 12-year-old daughter and flying her to some city in the middle of the country sinks in. I mean, it’s called “fly-over country” for a reason, right?
Wrong. Oconomowoc is home to beautiful rolling hills and crystal clear lakes. It’s home to the nicest group of Midwesterners you’ll ever meet. And, it’s home to one of the largest not-for-profit, independent, private providers of specialized mental health and addiction treatment in the country: Rogers Behavioral Health.
In fact, on a national level, Rogers has been one of Wisconsin’s little known secrets. Three inpatient hospitals offer stabilization during acute episodes, nine residential programs provide intense psychiatric and addiction care lasting 30 to 90 days, and six outpatient centers offer treatment sessions for several hours a day, 4 to 5 days a week.
And now, the secret’s out. In 2014, Rogers began growing a network of regional centers to include Tampa, Nashville, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and San Francisco East Bay.
Saving lives one “step” at a time
The concept of the regional clinic was created to meet several needs. First, research in clinical outcomes at Rogers has shown that patients who go on to complete partial hospitalization after inpatient or residential treatment do best. By using a full continuum of care, patients are likely to sustain their gains and many continue to make progress.
Second, there is a shortage of specialized mental healthcare services in the US, making convenient access to treatment difficult. Thus, the idea of the regional clinic was born. With four levels of care within the Rogers system to choose from, patients can step up a level, down a level or find the one level of care that works best for them.
While individual programs may vary from clinic to clinic due to community need, each offers the same evidence-based treatment for a broad range of mental health conditions: obsessive-compulsive and related anxiety disorders, eating disorders, depression, bipolar and other mood disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, addiction (substance use disorders), and mental health disorders affecting children and adolescents on the autism spectrum.
At each clinic, patients have access to one or both of the following levels of care:
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP) – individuals meet 5 to 6 hours a day, 5 days a week for 4 to 6 weeks
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP) – individuals meet 3 hours a day, 4 to 5 days a week for 6 to 8 weeks
Over the past four years, response to the regional clinics has been overwhelmingly positive, with some programs at or near capacity from day one, and others increasing their programs to meet the demand. Based upon the need, as well as the implications for long-term recovery, plans for
additional clinics are underway.
Finally, people do not always have to locate Oconomowoc on a map to access the evidence-based programs for which Rogers is known.
Supporting mental health from coast to coast
It’s a big job to support the mental healthcare needs of Rogers’ families and the communities we serve, and it’s getting bigger with every new clinic opened.
As more and more people gain access to Rogers’ treatment programs, the opportunity to assist patients and programs is greater than ever:
- Grants for free treatment
- Stigma reduction
- Capital improvements & buildings
- Spiritual care
- Support groups
- Personal assistance
Thankfully, the Foundation is up for the challenge, and we are asking YOU to join us. Find out more about our life-saving initiatives and how to support our mission.