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Dr. Kamal Modir Retires from Stepping Stones

Members of the board of directors, staff, clients and other guests gathered at the Mildred Kral Rehabilitation Center on the afternoon of July 15th to thank Dr. Modir for his 24 years of service and wish him well in retirement. He was the organization’s first psychiatrist and helped to establish Stepping Stones’ identity.

According to CEO Stephen Langley, “Dr. Modir brought an important degree of independence and clinical competence to Stepping Stones immediately upon joining the organization. He was an experienced psychiatrist who had already worked at Singer Mental Health Center, and other hospitals, for a number of years before coming to us. This made him an exceptional choice to work with folks with chronic mental illnesses, the individuals we have always served. His experience was integral in raising our level of clinical competence and improving treatment outcomes. Dr. Modir’s tenure was a key component to our success and contributed greatly to the growth of the organization over the years. Dr. Modir allowed us to be secure in psychiatric coverage at times when so many other organizations were struggling to obtain or retain psychiatrists. We were fortunate that Dr. Modir joined us, have been blessed to have him with us all these years and have never looked back.”

Stepping Stones offers the Mental Health First Aid Course

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

This is an in-person training that teaches those who attend how to help people developing a mental illness or in a crisis.

The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.

Mental Health First Aid was created in 2001 by Betty Kitchener, a nurse specializing in health education, and Anthony Jorm, a mental health literacy professor. Kitchener and Jorm run Mental Health First Aid™ Australia, a national non-profit health promotion charity focused on training and research.

Mental Health First Aid USA is coordinated by the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. In 2008, these organization’s worked with the program’s founders to adapt Mental Health First Aid for the U.S. and ensure the quality and standardization of the program nationwide, certify instructors to teach Mental Health First Aid in local communities and support program growth.

There is no cost for this program. If you are interested in having one of our trained instructors provide the Mental Health First Aid course to your group or organization, please contact us by e-mail or by telephone at 815-963-0683.

Announcing a CARF Three-Year Accreditation

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We are pleased to report to you that Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc. has been accredited for a period of three years for its Case Management/Services Coordination: Mental Health (Adults), Case Management/Service Coordination: Mental Health (Criminal Justice), Community Integration: Mental Health (Adults), Community Integration: Mental Health (Criminal Justice), Residential Treatment: Mental Health (Adults), Residential Treatment: Mental Health (Criminal Justice), Supported Living: Mental Health (Adults) and Supported Living: Mental Health (Criminal Justice) programs. The latest accreditation is the fourth consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded to Stepping Stones.

By pursuing and achieving accreditation, Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc. has demonstrated that it meets international standards for quality and is committed to pursuing excellence.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows our organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that has been providing community based psychiatric rehabilitation services in the Rockford community since 1969.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

We would welcome an opportunity to further acquaint you with our services and respond to your questions. We believe our organization is a valuable asset, and our CARF accreditation underscores our commitment to the community we serve.

Art Gallery Has an Impact!


“The Art of Recovery” show held at Stepping Stones on April 11th and 12th was a successful one. We would like to thank all the artists who submitted art work for the show that made the event possible.

The art gallery, which was part of The Rockford Area Arts Council’s 12th Annual Spring Art Scene, featured  works by individuals who are receiving mental health services.

NAMI Northern Illinois sponsored the art show. There were 49 individuals who submitted 180 pieces of art and the gallery was visited by over 286 people.

In addition to providing the opportunity for artists to display and sell their art, the goals of the show were to demonstrate how art impacts recovery from mental illness, reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness, provide a venue for collaboration with other local mental health agencies and help our community better understand the value art creation has in the recovery process.

I Think Continually

I think continually of those who were truly great.
Who, from the womb, remembered the soul’s history
Through corridors of light where the hours are suns
Endless and singing. Whose lovely ambition
Was that their lips, still touched with fire,
Should tell of the Spirit clothed from head to foot in song.
And who hoarded from the Spring branches
The desires falling across their bodies like blossoms.

What is precious is never to forget
The essential delight of the blood drawn from ageless springs
Breaking through rocks in worlds before our earth.
Never to deny its pleasure in the morning simple light
Nor its grave evening demand for love.
Never to allow gradually the traffic to smother
With noise and fog the flowering of the spirit.

Near the snow, near the sun, in the highest fields
See how these names are feted by the waving grass
And by the streamers of white cloud
And whispers of wind in the listening sky.
The names of those who in their lives fought for life
Who wore at their hearts the fire’s centre.
Born of the sun they travelled a short while towards the sun,
And left the vivid air signed with their honour.

Stephen Spender






Stepping Stones to host “The Art of Recovery” show

Stepping Stones is proud to be the host site for “The Art of Recovery” show. The art gallery will be showcased at our organization’s Mildred Kral Rehabilitation Center which is located at 706 N. Main Street in Rockford. This gallery will be part of The Rockford Area Arts Council’s 12th Annual Spring Art Scene on April 11th and 12th, 2014 and will be one of thirty-seven locations featuring galleries during this year’s event.

NAMI Northern Illinois is sponsoring the art show which will feature works by individuals who are receiving mental health services. There will be a special section in the gallery for children’s art.

The show will demonstrate how art impacts recovery from mental illness and helps to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness, will provide a venue for collaboration with other local mental health agencies and will provide the opportunity for our community to better understand the value art creation has in the recovery process.

A “soft opening” will be held from 6:00-8:30 p.m. on April 8, 2014 during NAMI Northern Illinois’ monthly education program.

In keeping with the Art Scene hours, the gallery will be open on Friday, April 11th from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 12th from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

There is no cost for admission and some art will be available for purchase. There is parking available on-site.

Questions may be directed to Randy Roberson at 815-963-0683.

For additional information about NAMI Northern Illinois please go to

For more information about the Spring Art Scene please go to The Rockford Area Arts Council at

Stepping Stones’ CEO earns Lifetime Achievement Award

steveThe Community Behavioral Healthcare Association (CBHA) of Illinois announced on November 14, 2013 that Stephen E. Langley, L.C.S.W. was selected as recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award.

Steve has spent his 46 year professional career in social services and the past 34 years as the Executive Director/CEO of Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc. The Lifetime Achievement award recognizes the contributions he has made across the state during his career. These contributions include: a commitment to serving others in need of mental health care; the development of and participation in a number of community healthcare, illness prevention and neighborhood development initiatives; contributions to CBHA as a member of their board and president; devotion to expanding the programs provided by Stepping Stones; and advocacy work to expand safe and affordable housing, accessible treatment services and the fuller inclusion of all individuals, regardless of disability, in our society.  

One person contributing to Steve’s nomination said this about him, “He is a true example of what one devoted person can do with their life to make a difference in the quality of many lives. For forty-six years Steve has been an inspiration to those he works with and those he serves to give the best of themselves to others every day.”

According to CBHA’s CEO, Frank Anselmo, Steve was selected for the award by his colleagues and will receive his Lifetime Achievement award at a luncheon scheduled to be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 during the Association’s annual conference at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg, Illinois.

The Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois (CBHA) is a statewide not-for-profit membership organization representing the interests of community behavioral healthcare agencies in the State of Illinois. CBHA promotes the development of quality programs providing services for community behavioral health including mental health, alcohol and substance abuse, rural mental health and children and adolescents.