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.
Susanne Herbst retired after 38 years in County Public Service as the Parking Manager at the Dane County Airport. Previous to that, she worked for 25 years in four different Wisconsin counties in service, administration, and supervisory positions. She is treasurer for the Madison Never Alone Nar-Anon support group.
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.
Marco is a licensed psychotherapist, substance use disorder specialist in the state of Wisconsin. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Marco has extensive training and experience in assessing, diagnosing and treating co-occurring disorders. His focus is primarily in the context of community mental health, specifically working with under-represented/under-served demographics with a trauma-informed care approach. He has more than a decade of experience working in the behavioral health field as a clinician, clinical supervisor, mentor, consultant, program director and faculty. In addition to his clinical experience, Marco holds a faculty position in the Human Services program at Madison College. In his faculty role Marco has co-developed and implemented a faculty mentorship program that works to understand and address many of the barriers students/professionals-in-training face when returning to school with their lived experience of mental health and substance use issues. In both his clinical and faculty roles Marco strives to nurture a sense of belonging, connection and accountability, which he believes contributes to success.
Jacqueline Landess, MD, JD
Dr. Landess is a psychiatrist at Mendota Mental Health Institute with training in adult, child and forensic psychiatry. She earned her medical and law degrees at Vanderbilt University and Indiana University, respectively, and completed her post-graduate training at Northwestern University and University of Colorado. She has used her dual training in medicine and the law to study and serve individuals with psychiatric illness who are justice-involved. She has worked in both jails and prisons, and served as a consultant to a felony mental health court. She also has worked on various advocacy and public policy initiatives that aim to improve access to healthcare services for minority and underserved populations. Dr. Landess specializes in the treatment of serious mental illness, including posttraumatic stress, co-occurring substance use disorders, mood and psychotic illnesses. Her treatment approach combines psychotherapy, psychopharmacology and other modalities with a focus on identifying and bolstering an individual’s resilience, strengths, purpose, meaning and values in order to promote mastery of the person’s unique life stressors, improve self-esteem and build lasting, satisfying relationships with others.
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.