According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 568 people died from prescription opioid overdose in 2016 in Wisconsin. That’s a 600% increase from 2000.
The Washington Post cited that Wisconsin has the highest rate of heavy drinking in the U.S. according to a 2015 study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.1
Despite the desperate need, insurance only pays for two-to-four weeks of residential treatment and Medicaid does not pay for residential care. Statistics show that two-to-four weeks of residential care is not long enough to provide chemical and behavioral changes needed for recovery.
Completing treatment and abstaining from substance use is just one piece of a larger equation for long-term success. The goal of treatment is to help individuals productively function in their family, workplace and/or community and this healing process takes time. Within these short-term treatment programs, relapse rates are estimated to be as high as 40%-60%.2
This gap forces many families to make a difficult choice between the care their loved one needs, and the care they can afford. They spend their savings, retirement, and pension in hopes of a brighter future.
We believe that Restoring Roots will be a healing space for our residents and improve their physical and mental health. They will learn the necessary skills to build “recovery capital” in order to maintain abstinence from drug and alcohol-use and graduate from Restoring Roots with qualifications and confidence for successful employment and healthy relationships.
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Our Board of Directors
Sr. Julie Schwab, OP
Julie has a MA in Theology and a MA in Sustainability. Her professional experiences include: Grade School Teacher, Chaplain for individuals with AIDS, Solidarity Accompaniment in Guatemala, Co-Director of a Center for People who were Homeless, and most recently served on the Leadership Team for the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation. Julie is presently a member of the Executive Board for the Recovery Coalition of Dane County (RCDC) and is also serving on the Advisory Board for Edgewood College’s Social Innovation, Sustainability and Leadership (SISL) Program.
Mary C. Flynn
Mary is a retired Internal Medicine Physician. She attended Oregon Health Sciences University and completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Oregon. She brings a commitment to developing an additional treatment option for those battling a Substance Use Disorder.
Professional experience working in Human Services for Lafayette, Dane, Kenosha, and Marathon Counties. Presently working with Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau.
For more than a decade, Chris has been a valued member of the University of Wisconsin Credit Union (UWCU) family. Throughout his tenure, Chris has held positions within the Branch Operations and Treasury departments, affording him the opportunity to help its membership improve their financial well-being at the individual and organizational levels. Chris is currently UWCU’s Investment Analyst and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Personal Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Edgewood College. He credits his dedication to making a difference in the lives of others to his upbringing and his desire to be a positive role-model both in the community and for his son.
Kate has worked as a business professional around the country. She has more than 15 years of marketing and project management experience and is currently the Membership Director for The Fitchburg Chamber Visitor + Business Bureau. In her current role, she is responsible for membership development and retention, program development and engagement, and is a leader in community and economic development in the city of Fitchburg, Wisconsin. When Kate isn’t connecting business and community, she is enjoying a yoga class or the outdoors. Kate is honoring her beautiful daughter, Skyln, by sharing her skills and passion to fulfill Restoring Roots’ mission of “providing a pathway from addiction to community.”
Ritu Bhatnagar, MD, MPH
Advisory Board Member
Dr. Bhatnagar is a psychiatrist specializing in treating addictions who currently serves as medical director for Unity Point-Meriter New Start. She has a special interest in integrative medicine, including mindfulness training, hypnosis and yoga. Dr. Bhatnagar believes in looking at the whole picture in which the person with the addiction is living. Dr. Bhatnagar enjoys a team-based approach, where the patient, physician and therapists all work together for a positive outcome. She graduated from University of Iowa College of Medicine, and did her residency in psychiatry and fellowship at UW-Madison.
The following individuals and organizations support the work of Restoring Roots in creating an affordable, long-term residential, job training, and education option for individuals with substance use disorder.