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Building ROSC Councils Throughout Chicago

The central focus of a ROSC is to create an infrastructure or “system of care” with the resources to effectively address the full range of substance use problems within communities.

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A ROSC is a coordinated network of community-based services and supports that is person-centered and builds on the strengths and resiliencies of individuals, families, and communities to achieve abstinence and improved health, wellness, and quality of life for those with or at risk of alcohol and drug problems

The Far Southside ROSC (TEECH) covers the following communities: Roseland, Englewood, Beverly, Oaklawn, Auburn Gresham, West Pullman, Robbins, Hammond Indiana, and Morgan Park. We have obtained many partners and addressed barriers in each of these communities Thus far, with assistance from our ROSC partners in opening a dollar store, grocery store, recovery homes, and employment for returning citizens and those in recovery. We have aided with community events, homelessness, children's needs, and community needs, such as, COVID testing, Narcan distribution/education, PPEs, ring cameras, safety, and needs to maintain life on life's terms. In addition, we host monthly training/meetings to inform and address community issues. The Far Southside ROSC Council has employed four individuals from the community who identify as people with lived experience (PLEs). These individuals have all obtained their CCAR Recovery Certification, and one has his Certified Peer Recovery Certification. Then again, we have many ROSC PLEs who are maintaining their recovery, becoming employed, and have safe and adequate housing. These are examples of how a ROSC strengthens the communities while bringing unity.

Addressing barriers and educating the communities on harm reduction, overdoses, recovery, stigmas, and stereotypes has been an ongoing entity that has proven effective.

However, meeting goals and addressing barriers to recovery involves solid collaborations and partnerships. That is why we are working with our ROSC partners so they, too, can become a ROSC to broaden their scope of services throughout Chicago.

Below are the two organizations (Gro Community and Brighter Behavior Choices NFP/Phase II Recovery Cafe) that have been critical to our ROSC Council. And therefore, we are working with them to become their own ROSC Council to work in areas in dire need of resources and services.


GRO Community

Specialty Trauma - Focus Reintegrating Males (youths)

Aaron Mallory – CEO

"GRO is a community-based agency focused on promoting positive social impact in under-resourced neighborhoods. We specialize in individual and group therapy for youth and adult males who struggle with behavioral issues, emotional problems, and criminal justice involvement. Our vision is for boys to become self-sufficient and men to become change agents within their communities. We take an integrative approach to mental health care by offering wrap-around services such as vocational training, neurofeedback, and music therapy. They also provide housing for DCFS youths.


Brighter Behavior Choices NFP – Phase II Recovery Cafe

Specialty Women - Focus Long-Term Recovery

LaShaun Rickman – CEO

Brighter, Behavior, Choices Inc., is a Not-For-Profit, Licensed Intervention & Recovery Home Provider Agency for Women. This structural, alcohol and drug free program offers rewarding experiences toward sustainability by utilizing holistic, therapeutic & realistic approaches.

Phase II - Recovery Cafe is holistic in our approach to serving the community. We give practical items to help families AND we have FUN by taking children in the community for fun activities!

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