ROCKFORD—Rosecrance is pleased to announce that recovery coach Bonnie Gilmore has been named a Peer Specialist of the Year by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. These awards honor behavioral health staff who have impacted their communities as people with lived recovery experience.
As a person with lived experience, Gilmore has positively impacted thousands of other people living with mental health issues throughout her 25 years at Rosecrance. In that time, she was the driving force for a “Living Room” program that offers recovery education, resources, and connections to support in a quiet, inviting space. In addition, Gilmore is a past committee member and speaker for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Northern Illinois.
“Bonnie is most deserving of this award,” said Rosecrance President and CEO David Gomel, Ph.D. “Her determination and spirit make her an unstoppable force advocating for the needs of our clients and the community. I am so grateful that she is receiving national recognition for the amazing work she does every day.”
The National Council for Mental Wellbeing, formerly known as the National Council for Behavioral Health, is a membership organization that drives policy and social change on behalf of nearly 3,500 mental health and substance use treatment organizations and more than 10 million children, adults, and families they serve.
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.