Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment’s Dr. Phil Welches Honored by IADDA

Gateway Foundation's Dr. Phil Welches and Michael Darcy

Pictured at the 45th Annual IADDA Fall Conference with the Dr. C. Vincent Bakeman Memorial Award is recipient Gateway Foundation’s Clinical Director Dr. Phil Welches and Gateway Foundation President and CEO Michael Darcy.

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment, a leading provider of substance abuse treatment, announces today its Clinical Director Dr. Phil Welches received the prestigious Dr. C. Vincent Bakeman Memorial Award at the 45th Annual Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA) Fall Conference in Lisle, IL, on September 6, 2012. Named after Dr. C. Vincent Bakeman, a pioneer and a visionary in drug addiction treatment and prevention, the award celebrates the work done by Illinois’ leaders in the field of substance abuse services. Recipients of the award are those who have clear vision for the future of the prevention and treatment field, consistently communicate their vision and are tireless leaders dedicated to the advancement of substance abuse treatment and prevention.

“Dr. Welches’ commitment to implementing advancements in the treatment of addiction and his ability to improve the quality of clinical services within the field make him most deserving of the Dr. C. Vincent Bakeman Award. His leadership in integrating evidence-based substance abuse treatment practices and fidelity measures has earned Gateway Foundation a reputation as a leader in providing innovative treatment for substance use disorders,” explains Michael Darcy, President and CEO, Gateway Foundation.

With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Welches has led efforts to promote concurrent treatment of substance abuse and co-occurring mental health problems. His success in this area of expertise earned him an invitation to participate in the nationwide Collaborative on Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addictions Treatment (DDCAT) chaired by Mark McGovern, Ph.D, of Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Welches also served as a member of both the DDCAT Measurement Refinement Workgroup and the Dual Diagnosis Capability in Mental Health Treatment (DDCMHT) Measurement Refinement Workgroup, teams that revised the DDCAT and DDCMHT in 2011. Dr. Welches is one of only 10 individuals nationwide who is trained as a trainer on the Dartmouth-developed, Hazelden-published Co-Occurring Disorders Program.

“Mounting research data on treatment effectiveness has helped to change the way we treat addiction. Research has revealed that co-occurring mental health problems are to be expected in addictions treatment. They are the rule, not the exception. Treating co-occurring mental health problems in conjunction with substance use problems within the same program—called ‘integrated treatment’—has proven to be most effective,” says Dr. Phil Welches.

To learn more about Gateway Foundation and its free and confidential consultation, call 877-505-HOPE (4673) or visit

Enhance Knowledge and Earn 12 CEUs at ASAM Criteria Workshop Presented by Gateway Foundation

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment is proud to extend a rare development opportunity to our valued professional partners. To help advance understanding of ASAM Patient Placement Criteria in order to determine the proper level of care for individuals suffering from substance abuse, Gateway Foundation has invited Dr. David Mee-Lee to Chicago to lead a two-day workshop on October 4-5, 2012.

Dr. David Mee-Lee

Dr. David Mee-Lee will lead an ASAM Criteria workshop on October 4-5, 2012, at Adler School of Psychiatry in Chicago.

About the Workshop

Clinicians involved in planning and managing care often lack a common language and systematic assessment and treatment approach that allows for effective, individualized treatment plans. The ASAM Criteria provide that common language of assessment and guidelines for a broad, seamless continuum of care.

This workshop will review the underlying concepts of the ASAM Criteria and explain how to use ASAM multidimensional assessment to determine medical necessity and level of care. It is designed to build on skills to quickly determine the least intensive but safe level of care, using case scenarios for practical application. There will be opportunity to discuss case examples and utilization review dilemmas.

The “Using ASAM Criteria to Determine Level of Care and Medical Necessity for Persons with Substance Use Disorders” workshop will take place at Adler School of Psychiatry at 12 N. Dearborn Street in Chicago on October 4 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and October 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost for the two-day training is $250 and includes breakfast and lunch.

12 CEUs are available:

  • Category: CADC Counselor I or II, Prevention I, Assessor I or II, MISA I or II, CCJP II, PCGC II, CAAP I, CRSS II, BRI II, MAATP I or II, CFPP II, GCE
  • LCSW, LSW, LCPC, and LPC

About Dr. Mee-Lee

David Mee-Lee, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). He is based in Davis, CA, and is involved in full-time training and consulting both nationally and internationally. Dr. Mee-Lee is Chief Editor of the Revised Second Edition of the ASAM Criteria, ASAM PPC-2R, which includes criteria for co-occurring mental and substance-related disorders. Dr. Mee-Lee co-authored the first and second editions of the ASAM Criteria and has over 30 years of experience in treatment and program development for person-centered, cost-conscious services. He is also Senior Vice President of The Change Companies.

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact:

Dr. Phil Welches, Clinical Director

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment

Phone: 312-913-2319



Gateway Foundation to Offer Free CEU Training in Honor of National Recovery Month

In recognition of National Recovery Month in September, Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment is offering the professional community complimentary CEU workshops to enhance knowledge in order to better assist individuals with alcohol or drug abuse issues. Subject matter will include motivational interviewing, co-occurring disorders and understanding K2 and bath salts.

“Last year, Gateway Foundation provided free on-site training to more than 300 professionals to better prepare them to aid others who need treatment for substance abuse. This year, we are eager to share our clinical expertise with even more individuals by hosting three informative webinars that are ideal for professionals who work in healthcare, education, legal, mental health and substance abuse treatment,” says Gateway Foundation CEO and President Michael Darcy.

Motivational Interviewing Workshop

The webinar builds upon participants’ interviewing and counseling skills by teaching how to make a realistic assessment of an individual’s motivation for change. It outlines models to increase effectiveness with individuals who are ambivalent or who are resistant to change. The workshop is conducted by a Gateway Foundation Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who uses motivational interviewing techniques on a daily basis.

Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, from 1 to 2 p.m.

1 CEU  NAADAC, Illinois – LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing

Co-Occurring Disorders Workshop

The workshop introduces attendees to current, research-based approaches intended to improve one’s ability to succeed with individuals that are challenged by the presence of co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. The webinar will be led by a Gateway Foundation Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who is experienced in working with individuals with co-occurring disorders.

Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, from 1 to 2 p.m.

1 CEU  NAADAC, Illinois – LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing

Understanding K2 and Bath Salts Webinar

Lead by a Gateway Foundation Licensed Clinical Psychologist, this webinar is intended to increase one’s understanding of synthetic drugs, the signs and symptoms of K2 and bath salts use and the potential long-term effects of abuse. Attendees will also hear from representatives of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office to learn how the federal and state lawmakers are responding to these addictive and deadly drugs.

Date/Time: Thurs., Sept. 27, 2012, from 1 to 2 p.m.

1 CEU  NAADAC, Illinois – LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing

Presented by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), the goal of Recovery Month is to increase understanding of mental and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services to achieve recovery, and to help people recognize and seek assistance for these health conditions with the same urgency as any other health condition.

For more information about Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment and Recovery Month events or to register for webinars, please visit

Gateway Foundation Announces Newly Elected Board of Directors

Gateway Foundation today announced the board of director election of its officers and directors.

For more than 40 years, Gateway Foundation has helped thousands of individuals successfully complete substance abuse treatment each year. As the largest provider of alcohol and drug abuse treatment in Illinois, Gateway Foundation provides care to those with health insurance, but also to many who can’t afford treatment. Gateway Foundation has 10 treatment centers located throughout Illinois, and also provides treatment services in Missouri, New Jersey and Texas.

“We feel quite fortunate at Gateway Foundation for having the very best community and business leaders looking out for our interests as well as those individuals who need substance abuse treatment. The board of directors is focused on ensuring Gateway Foundation provides effective and quality treatment to the people in the communities where we are located,” says Gateway Foundation President and CEO Michael Darcy.

Gateway Foundation Board of Directors Officers:

Chairman: Henry Wolfe, Chairman of De La Vega Occidental & Oriental Holdings, LLC

Treasurer: Sidney Bradley, Vice President Financial Reporting Operations Strategy and Execution at Citbank

Secretary: Elizabeth Ogilvie Simer, Senior Vice President and Manager of Strategic Sales Support at Mesirow Financial

Staff: Michael Darcy, President and CEO of Gateway Foundation

Board of Directors Members:

Donald Crossett, retired, 38 years in general management and financial positions of entrepreneurial service businesses

Victor Fonseca, retired, Vice President of Compensation and Benefits of Exelon

Warren Harrington, Managing Consultant IT Strategy Practice at Forsythe Solutions

Glenn B. Huebner, Board Certified Trial Litigation Attorney at Donato, Minx and Brown

Jennifer Jerit Johnson, Partner at Tressler LLP

John R. Kromer, retired, Vice President of Human Resources, Factory Card & Party Outlet

Patricia (Pat) LePenske, President at LPR Services Inc.

Richard (Dick) McCullough, Executive Vice President of Space-Time Media

Gary Rada, President of Rada Concepts LLC

Amalesh Sank, President of Sagertech Communications

Len Shankman, Director of Specialty Finance at Caremark

Andrew Smith, Managing Partner of Impact Advisors, LLC

Warren Stippich, Jr., Partner & Practice Leader of Business Advisory Services at Grant Thornton, LLP

For more information about Gateway Foundation treatment centers in Illinois, visit

%d bloggers like this: