- The Beginning
Academy, the original company of the current Phoenix Care Systems, Inc.
was developed in order to provide comprehensive and highly-structured
treatment to children, adolescents, and their families through an array
of residential and educational services. The name "Willowglen" came
from the first facility, a former nursing home with large willow trees
in front of the property. It was founded in 1972 and began operations
in Plymouth, Wisconsin in 1973. Through the ensuing years, Willowglen
Academy expanded to several other facilities, primarily located in Milwaukee,
Within the first decade of operations in Wisconsin, Willowglen became
recognized by professionals across the country for its expertise in the
care and treatment of individuals with a dually diagnosed profile. Since
its inception, Willowglen has focused primarily on meeting the challenges
presented by a lack of community-based resources for persons with complex
- Expansion to Belwood, Ltd.
Increased demands to access its highly specialized services provided the
impetus for Willowglen Academy to take on the challenge of program enhancement
and expansion for children and adolescents with handicapping conditions,
young adults (ages 18-21), and chronically mentally ill adults and the
geriatric population. The first of these expansions occurred in 1975,
with the inclusion of services to the adult mentally ill under the corporate
name of Belwood, Ltd.
- Expansion to Bell Therapy, Inc.
1976, clinical, day and outpatient services were added under Bell Therapy,
Inc. Bell Therapy Community Support Programs (CSP) began providing case
management and counseling, medication and symptoms management, financial
management, vocational/employment referral and monitoring, psychotherapy,
supported housing, housing specialists, social recreations skills and
activities, community living skills training, coordination and linkage,
advocacy, alcohol and substance abuse counseling, and education and consultation
to community and family agencies.
- Community-Based Residential Services
In 1984, Bell Therapy, Inc., began offering residential services to developmentally
disabled adults. Willowglen Academy Wisconsin also expanded to provide
a comprehensive array of community-based services to include a respite
care program, medical treatment services, and an array of in-home services.
- Expansion to New Jersey
Continuing demand for services, prompted Willowglen Academy's expansion
to different states. In 1987, Willowglen Academy - New Jersey was founded.
It expanded several-fold and grew into a premier service for adolescents
and adults on the east coast. Intensive treatment services are provided
to children aged 10-21 in a 40-bed co-ed residential facility nestled
in the pristine hills of rural Sussex County. Two transitional group homes
and a third group home for younger children who have developmental issues
complete the programming for children referred by the New Jersey Division
of Youth & Family Services. Willowglen Academy - New Jersey also offers
a comprehensive system of group home services (twelve homes) designed
to meet the special needs of 55 develop-mentally disabled children and
adults, most of whom are diagnosed with autism. For the developmentally
delayed population, Willowglen Academy - New Jersey also operates seven
group homes and one respite home in Cherry Hill serving approximately
- Expansion to Indiana
1994, Willowglen Academy Indiana was founded in Gary, Indiana. The campus
is comprised of a four-cottage complex and an educational center. Each
cottage and the educational center provide residential services for 8
adolescent boys between the ages of 8 and 21. In addition, a residential
group home for adolescents (ages 16 to 20), the Pioneer Group Home, was
added to target development of independent living skills.
- Expansion to South Carolina
In 1995, Willowglen Academy - South Carolina was established and began
operating a 50-bed co-ed Therapeutic Behavioral Services - High Management
and Psychosocial Rehabilitation in Greeleyville. Demands from the community
prompted expansion of the Clinical Day Program to provide services to
the local school districts. By 1998, the Psychosocial Rehabilitation was
serving six surrounding districts within 25 miles of the campus. Wrap-Around
Services were added in 1999, as a result of requests for community-based
services. Temporary De-Escalation Care Programs serving thirty children
and adolescents and a ten-bed high management group home were added to
the array of services in Willowglen Academy - South Carolina in 2001.
- Establishment of Medical Day Treatment in WGA-WI
Academy - WI established the Howard Jansen Medical Day Treatment Program
to provide services to children and adolescents with emotional disturbance
and mental illness as an alternative to inpatient hospitalization. Today,
this program is serving over 70 consumers.
- The Acquisition
Willowglen Holdings was acquired by Phoenix Care Systems, Inc., in August,
1999. Under the leadership of Donald R. Fritz and Leonard F. Dziubla,
Willowglen Academy and Bell Therapy continue the corporate tradition of
serving the most difficult populations, ranging from psychosis to extreme
behavior disorders and the dually diagnosed population.
- Merger of Bell Therapy, Inc.
Care Systems, Inc. and its subsidiaries continue to work to meet the needs
of the communities. In 2001, Bell Therapy and Belwood, Ltd. merged as
Bell Therapy, Inc., offering 24 combined day and residential services
to 1,000 individuals daily.
- CDP and School Growth in WGA-NJ
Academy - New Jersey expanded its Psychosocial Rehabilitation and opened
a school to serve the community.
- Expansion to Illinois
Continuing the expansion of services in its subsidiaries, Phoenix Care
Systems, Inc., opened its newest facility in Freeport, Illinois, in 2002.
Residential, Day Program and Educational services were introduced to serve
both developmentally disabled adolescents and adults. Today, WGA-IL School
serves over 32 students, the WGA-IL Day Program serves over 32 adults.
- Establishment of After-School Program in WGA-WI
Academy - WI, Inc. established the After-School Program as an evening
addition to the Day Treatment Program. This program was created
to meet the needs of children and adolescents for more individualized
educational and social skill building.