Daniel DeGryse is the director of the Rosecrance Florian Program and a battalion chief in the Chicago (IL) Fire Department. He began his career with the Chicago Fire Department in 1989. He also worked in a private psychiatric hospital for six years providing individual, group, and family therapy for adolescents and adults in the areas of addiction, mental health issues, and behavior management. Following that, he was the coordinator of the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for 14 years. While in this position, he started the Chicago Firefighters Union Peer Support program called “Gatekeepers,” providing training for team members on addiction and mental health issues, suicide, and related topics.
In 2014, he created the Florian Program with Rosecrance Health Network and serves as the director. Florian is a 14-bed unit within Rosecrance that provides inpatient treatment for firefighters and paramedics dealing with substance abuse and co-occurring issues such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. This program was expanded in 2017 to include all first responders and military personnel.
He has a bachelor of science degree in fire science management from Southern Illinois University and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Wabash College. He is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC), a Certified Labor Assistance Professional (LAP/C), and a Certified ARISE Interventionist (CAI); has advanced training in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and assist level training in suicide prevention; and received the “Illinois Firefighter of the Year” award in 2009 from the Illinois VFW. He was also the keynote speaker at FDIC International 2018.