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Celebrating 50 years! Join us on May 7, 2019

Stepping Stones of Rockford turns 50 year old in 2019. What better reason is there to throw a party? Please save May 7, 2019 to join us for a fundraiser/dinner party at the Radisson (Rockford IL). Entertainment provided by “Felix and Fingers” Dueling Pianos and local theatre troupe “Stars of Light.” Details are being worked … Continue reading Celebrating 50 years! Join us on May 7, 2019

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New Logo Unveiled!

As the agency prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary, a new logo was unveiled on July 1, 2018. A very special thank you to the Rockford Chamber’s Leadership Rockford Group who spearheaded the logo project and suggested our new tag line, “Improving Lives One Step at a Time.”

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Celebrating Employees

Stepping Stones held its Employee Appreciation Dinner on June 23, 2018. The festivities were held at The Capital House in Rockford. Fifty-one employees were recognized for their efforts over the past five, ten, fifteen, twenty and twenty-five years. Kim Bailey, HR Manager and Wes Patten, Quality Assurance, were recognized for their 25 years of service. … Continue reading Celebrating Employees

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Fundraising, Grants and Donations

Over the past few years, many individuals, groups, service organizations and local companies have made generous contributions to Stepping Stones. What a difference they make as we fulfill our mission. Thank you to those who have helped us fundraise, those who approved grants and to those who have made donations. Contributions, grants and donations include: … Continue reading Fundraising, Grants and Donations

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Fighting Stigma, Raising Awareness

On May 17, 2018, more than fifty clients and staff boarded a charter bus and headed to Springfield to take part in the Mental Health Rally. The trip gave participants the chance to talk to representatives, listen to speakers, ask questions, give testimonies and rally at the State Capitol. Fighting the stigma of mental illness … Continue reading Fighting Stigma, Raising Awareness

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Drink Coffee, Raise Money

Who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee? Fresh Horizons Coffee Company, a local business, is helping Stepping Stones raise money. This fundraiser, started in April 2018, allows people to support two local businesses while enjoying a great cup of joe. Place your order at www.freshhorizonscoffee.com/OID/SteppingStonesRockford

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Trauma Informed Care and Rocking Chairs!

Stepping Stones is raising funds to purchase rocking chairs for our living facilities as part of our Trauma Informed care initiative. In March 2018, a heavy-duty, specific brand chair was identified as the perfect chair to use at our living sites. Our goal is to secure 25 rocking chairs. If you’d like to donate, please … Continue reading Trauma Informed Care and Rocking Chairs!

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Agency secures CARF certification

Stepping Stones successfully completed their Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Survey in March 2018. In addition to accreditation for the various mental health services provided, the agency received certification as Health Home. This adds to the agency’s areas of expertise, which also includes Criminal Justice certification

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Stepping Stones Staff Present at National Conference

In March 2018, Sue Schroeder, CEO and Donna Addison, Agency Trainer, presented at the Credible Behavioral Health 11th Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The presentation, “You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know” reflected on lessons learned during the implementation process. The presentation provided insight into the importance of CEO involvement,  illustrated “lessons learned” during the … Continue reading Stepping Stones Staff Present at National Conference

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New Electronic Health Record Implemented

Credible Behavioral Health and Stepping Stones teamed up to implement use of a new electronic health record on November 1, 2017. Stepping Stones is the first agency in Illinois to implement use of Credible’s system. Credible provides clinical, scheduling, billing, form management, eRx, eLabs, mobile capabilities, reporting and business intelligence modules. Founded in June 2000, … Continue reading New Electronic Health Record Implemented

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Stars of Light home at Stepping Stones

Stars of Light found its new home at Stepping Stones in November 2017. We were very excited to have this theatre troupe make its “headquarters” at our Main Office. Stars of Light is a program that uses dramatic and visual arts to promote recovery, educate the public about mental illness and reduce the stigma that … Continue reading Stars of Light home at Stepping Stones

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National Trauma-Informed Care: Training for All-employees

Stepping Stones is committed to serve as a trauma informed care organization. As part of such efforts, all-staff training in October 2017 was provided by Cheryl S. Sharp, MSW, ALWF, Exclusive Consultant, Trauma-Informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health. The opportunity to train with a nationally-known expert was made possible via a grant from the … Continue reading National Trauma-Informed Care: Training for All-employees

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We’re on Facebook!

Stepping Stones now has a presence in the world of social media. Follow us and give us a “like” at https://www.facebook.com/steppingstonesofrockford/

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Sue Schroeder Named CEO

Susan Schroeder was named Stepping Stones’ Chief Executive Officer in February 2016. Her history with the agency includes serving as the Chief Operating Officer from 2014-2016; Director of Services 2003-2014 and Rehabilitation Supervisor from 1995-2003.Sue is a Licensed Clinical Social worker a Master’s Degree from Aurora University and an undergraduate degree from the University of … Continue reading Sue Schroeder Named CEO

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Celebrating Steve Langley

After thirty-seven years at Stepping Stones, CEO Steve Langley retirement was celebrated in November 2016. Current and previous staff and clients were present for his celebration. Steve was hired as the Executive Director in 1979, bringing to the organization a strong commitment to expanding community care options for individuals served. Did you know? In addition … Continue reading Celebrating Steve Langley

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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 … Continue reading Dr. Kamal Modir Retires from Stepping Stones

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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 … Continue reading Stepping Stones offers the Mental Health First Aid Course

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Announcing a CARF Three-Year Accreditation

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: … Continue reading Announcing a CARF Three-Year Accreditation

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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, … Continue reading Art Gallery Has an Impact!

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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 … Continue reading Stepping Stones to host “The Art of Recovery” show

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Stepping Stones’ CEO earns Lifetime Achievement Award

The 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 … Continue reading Stepping Stones’ CEO earns Lifetime Achievement Award

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