Illinois Center of Excellence for Health and Justice Announces New Assistant Director

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- On January 28, 23, Mary Gubbe Lee, MS, Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor was hired as the Assistant Director of the Illinois Center of Excellence to provide information, training and technical assistance to help the justice system respond appropriately to the needs of people with behavioral health disorders.

Her expertise lies in the clinical aspects of mental health and substance abuse disorders and behavioral health treatment. She has extensive experience working in behavioral health, including problem-solving courts, and she is the Crisis Intervention Team (C.I.T.) coordinator for Northern Illinois. Previously, she worked for Rosecrance, Inc. as the Training Coordinator, supervising staff orientation, clinical training, volunteer services and community training events. Prior to becoming the Training Coordinator, she developed and implemented new programs for the mentally ill.

The Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice is housed at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford, Illinois. Serving all Illinois counties, the Center promotes, coordinates and provides training to communities looking to implement jail diversion programs and problem-solving courts for mentally ill and/or substance-abusing offenders and offenders who are military veterans.

“Mary is a quality addition to our staff and is someone who brings both integrity and valuable experience to her new position," said Director Michelle Rock of the Illinois Center of Excellence.

“Many jurisdictions do not have the information and training necessary to implement effective interventions to address mentally ill or substance abusing offenders, and lack resources to engage in system change without external technical assistance," Rock said. "Our goal is to bridge that gap."

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