Dan DeGryse, Director of Rosecrance Florian Program and Battalion Chief of Chicago Fire Department, participated in the 5th annual Kennedy Forum Meeting as moderator for a roundtable discussion on ‘Supporting First Responders.’
The 5th annual Kennedy Forum Meeting took place on June 11, 2019 at the Chicago Cultural Center and it leads a national dialogue on transforming the health care system by uniting mental health advocates, business leaders, and government agencies around a common set of principles. The day’s events focused on the topic of Working Well: Innovative Strategies for Workplace Well-Being and also offered a Spotlight Series, which illuminated the tragedies and triumphs of individuals experiencing mental health and substance use disorders.
Dan has over 29 years of experience as a firefighter with the Chicago Fire Department, serving as an officer for 23 of them. Dan presently holds the rank of Battalion Chief/EMT. He also served as the coordinator of the Chicago Firefighters’ Union Local 2 Employee Assistance Program for 14 years. Dan has extensive clinical experience providing individual, group, and family therapy with both adults and adolescents in the area of addiction and mental health issues. Dan is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC), a Certified Labor Assistance Professional (LAP-C), a Certified ARISE Interventionist (CAI) and holds advanced training in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM).