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Rosecrance Health Network, a national leader in behavioral health care based in Rockford, IL, has entered an agreement to acquire Connections Counseling, an agency with an impressive 18-year history in the Madison, Wisconsin area. The agreement is effective December 31, 2020.

With no interruption of care, Connections staff will continue to offer evidenced-based treatment for substance use and mental health disorders through outpatient services. Rosecrance and Connections Counseling have a history of successful partnership that spans many years. Connections Counseling will continue to operate under its original name, as it becomes a division of Rosecrance.

Dr. Tom Wright, Rosecrance Chief Medical Officer has worked with Connections leaders and staff for some time, and will serve as the primary Rosecrance liaison for the clinic. “Connections has an excellent reputation for providing compassionate, quality care,” Wright said. “The professional staff that’s already in place will be the foundation for expanding services to meet growing needs in the region.”

Connections Counseling founder and co-director, Shelly Dutch, will continue as founding director of the clinic.

“Over nearly 20 years Connections has helped thousands of people find recovery from substance use disorder and we look forward to becoming part of the Rosecrance family,” said Dutch. “We share a mission of compassionate care for those in the most vulnerable point in their lives.”

Offices for Connections Counseling will remain at the current location: 5005 University Avenue, Suite 100, Madison, WI 53705. To schedule an appointment, call 608-233-2100.

About Rosecrance: Rosecrance is a national leader in addiction and mental health treatment. The non-profit organization provides residential and outpatient services and recovery living settings in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. Rosecrance serves nearly 50,000 individuals at 60 locations, furthering its mission to provide help, hope and lasting recovery to children, youth, adults and families. The organization was founded in 1916. For more information visit rosecrance.org or call us at (815) 391-1000.

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COVID-19 Procedures

During the COVID crisis, Connections provides both office based and telehealth Individual psychotherapy, psychiatry, and IOP. Groups at Connections are active via video link. If you are a Connections patient exhibiting flu-like symptoms, PLEASE protect yourself and others, cancel appointments via phone or email.

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We at Connections Counseling believe

Connections Counseling supports speaking out against racial injustice.  We stand with those who are fighting for systemic reform, safety and equity for all people.  We are committed to acknowledge and dismantle inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services so we can better support our staff and clients.   

Connections Counseling has taken action by providing Witnessing Whiteness Workshop to all of our staff. The workshop offers practical information on building knowledge, skills, capacities, and communities that support anti-racism practices, a hopeful look at our collective future, and a discussion of how to create a culture of witnesses who support allies for social and racial justice.

Connections has also developed a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) workgroup that will inform system improvements as a means of accountability to sustain change


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Connections Counseling psychotherapist Cory Divine and other local experts provide background on increasing overdoses in Dane County.   Aired on Fox47 July 21, 2020 MADISON, Wis. -- Calls for suspected overdoses are on the rise in Dane County. While the issue can partly be blamed on the isolation and loneliness brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, that's not the main cause.

According to data from Dane County Emergency Management, first responders have been called for 693 patients suspected of overdosing on opioids from January 1 to July 5, 2020. In that same time period in 2019, there were 426 patients.

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Connections Counseling Helps Fight Drug Addiction in Wisconsin

After more than two decades of Wisconsin's Opioid crisis, five individuals have chosen to share their recovery stories, offering hope to many others. Within this five part series, hosted by madison.com, read about two individuals who Connections Counseling personally helped during their journey to a drug free lifestyle. Read this five part series here.

  • Story One- Drug court, sober scene, Suboxone helped man beat addiction
  • Story Two- Opioids blocked 'mental pain,' but recovery brought woman peace
  • Story Three- Two decades into Wisconsin's opioid crisis, stories of recovery offer hope
  • Story Four - Parted from children due to drugs, woman became sober after grandchild's birth
  • Story Five- Prescription opioids led to overdose, turnaround for transgender man

If you or anyone you know is fighting a drug addiction, please contact Connections Counseling for more information.

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