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      Expert Witness No.2293 PROFESSIONAL PROFILE:   Thirty years of behavioral health and managed care experience as therapist, administrator, educator and consultant. A proven record of accomplishment and leadership in the roles of psychotherapy, quality assurance, utilization review and risk management with expertise in forensic social work and legal consulting.  EDUCATION: Rhode Island […]

 

 

 

Expert Witness No.2293

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE:  
Thirty years of behavioral health and managed care experience as therapist, administrator, educator and consultant. A proven record of accomplishment and leadership in the roles of psychotherapy, quality assurance, utilization review and risk management with expertise in forensic social work and legal consulting. 

EDUCATION:

Rhode Island College   Providence, RI   
B.A. (Psychology)  B.S. (General Management) Masters of Social Work
Major: Psychology    Major: Finance 1st Track: Administration (Macro)
Minor: Trauma  Minor: Marketing/Org Development   2nd Track: Clinical Practice (Micro)

 PhD: Applied Social Science
Case Western Reserve University – Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Cleveland, OH
Doctoral Candidate – projected dissertation defense date 11/2017    
Research area: Threat Assessment & Violence Risk Prediction

PROFESSIONAL SKILL SYNOPSIS:
Clinical 
Assessment

Intake diagnostic assessment        Emergency psychiatric assessment
Juvenile firesetter risk assessment  Sex Offender assessment

     
Treatment

Outpatient therapy (multiple models)   Home based therapy
School based therapy  Substance abuse treatment
Relapse prevention treatment specialist  Trauma victim treatment
Sexual abuse treatment   Domestic violence prevention/treatment
Psychiatric inpatient milieu therapy Anger management
Forensic treatment specialist   Sex offender treatment
Community Crisis response team leader   Dual Diagnosis assessment/treatment

Administrative

Community mental health administration  Residential program administration
Managed care capitation Program marketing
High volume caseload management Management consultation
Risk Management  HIPPA/OIG/FERPA compliance
State contract service Program termination procedures
Organizational development & restructuring   Community affairs liaison

Development

  • Administrative policy development/implementation    Training development
  • Clinical policy development/implementation    Program development    

Fiscal

  • Program budgeting                Cost containment

Supervision

  • Clinical supervision                Milieu supervision
  • Field instruction of graduate students        Program staff trainer

Regulatory/QA

  • Quality assurance/utilization review management    State regulation development

EMPLOYMENT: Academic

Field Coordinator/Professor – Department of Social Work 
California University of Pennsylvania    Department of Social Work – Undergraduate & Graduate Programs
California, PA  Dates Employed: 2014 – 2016

Adjunct Faculty (part-time) 
Simmons College School of Social Work – Graduate Program
Boston, MA  Dates Employed: 2015 – present
                                    
Adjunct Faculty (part-time) 
Case Western Reserve University Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Graduate Program 
Cleveland, OH Dates Employed: 2010-11, 2014-17
                                    Virtual Academy 2014-17
Adjunct Faculty (part-time) 
Seton Hill University, Division of Social Sciences Social Work Department, Undergraduate Program 
Greensburg, PA  Dates Employed: 2008 – 2009

Adjunct Faculty (part time) 
University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, Graduate Program 
Pittsburgh, PA  Dates Employed: 2005 – present

EMPLOYMENT: Professional

General Administrator
Patriot Hills of New York, Ligonier Center
Ligonier, PA Dates Employed: 2016 – present 

Manager – Quality Improvement
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (UPMC-WPIC)
Assignments: Mon Yough Community Services, Inc. 
Manager – Quality Assurance & Risk Management (2003 – 2014)
Acting Clinical Supervisor for Center for Substance Abuse (2010, 2012, 2013)
Director – Forensic Services (2003-2004)
Director – Women, Children & Adolescent Services (2003-2004)
McKeesport, PA  Dates Employed: 2003 – 2014

Clinical Director: Outpatient Services
(management consulting contract through Andrews Consulting & Evaluation)
Worthington Center, Inc.
Parkersburg, WV  Dates Employed: 2002

County Director (Ritchie & Tyler Counties)
Westbrook Health Services, Inc.
Parkersburg, WV  Dates Employed: 1998-2000    

Clinical Director: Outpatient Substance Abuse     Co-Clinical Director: Family Care Center
The Center for Health and Human Services, Inc.
New Bedford, MA Dates Employed: 1998        
    
Program & Clinical Director
Northeastern Family Institute – Genesis Program (Taunton site)
Danvers, MA  Dates Employed: 1997-1998    

Clinical Social Worker
Community Counseling of Bristol County
Taunton, MA 02780 Dates Employed: 1995-1997    

Youth Care Coordinator
Harmony Hill School, Inc.
Chepachet, RI Dates Employed: 1993-1995    

Court Appointed Special Advocate
Rhode Island Family Court – Office of the Court Appointed Special Advocate
Providence, RI  Dates Employed: 1992-1994    

Senior Milieu Therapist
Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital
East Providence, RI  Dates Employed: 1986-1993

EMPLOYMENT: Self-employment
Forensic & Clinical Legal Consultant
Forensic Behavioral Associates (Owner): Clinical and forensic consulting in criminal & civil court cases, clinical supervision and risk management/compliance and administrative consulting (formerly Andrews Consulting & Evaluation).
Greensburg, PA  Dates: 1995 – present

Risk Management & Contract Compliance Officer Consultant
Guardian Health – Risk Management Group (Owner): Risk management and compliance consulting to behavioral and medical practices. 
Greensburg, PA Dates: 2011 – present

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS: 

  • LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker): Pennsylvania
  • LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker): Massachusetts
  • BCD: Board Certified Diplomate of Clinical Social Work: Amer. Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work
  • CMFSW: Certified Master Forensic Social Worker (American College of Forensic Examiners International)
  • CSMS: Certified Sentence Mitigation Specialist (American College of Certified Forensic Counselors)
  • DCFC: Diplomate-Certified Forensic Counselor (American College of Certified Forensic Counselors)
  • FABFCE: Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Counselor Examiners (American College of Certified Forensic Counselors)
  • Certified Investigator: Department of Human Services, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS, HONORS, AWARDS, ETC.: 

  • Outstanding Field Instructor Award 2012: University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work (First recipient)
  • Social Worker of the Year Award 2009: NASW-PA Southwest Division
  • Field Instructor: University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work (Academic Years: 2003-2014)
  • Field Instructor: Chatham University (Academic Year: 2010-2012)
  • Field Instructor: California University of Pennsylvania (Academic Years: 2010-2011)
  • Field Instructor: Duquesne University (Academic Year: 2003-2004, 2010-2011)
  • Field Instructor: Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Academic Years: 2003-2004, 2007-2010)
  • Field Instructor: Carlow University (formerly Carlow College) (Academic Year: 2003-2004)
  • Field Instructor: Community College of Allegheny County (Academic years 2007-2008)
  • Member in Good Standing of National Association of Social Workers: PA Chapter.
  • Member in Good Standing of American College of Forensic Examiners International
  • Member in Good Standing of National Organization of Forensic Social Workers. Pennsylvania Chapter Representative. Committee memberships: Ethics, Communications, Chapter recruitment.
  • Member in good standing National Association of Forensic Counselors. 
  • Member in Good Standing of American College of Certified Forensic Counselors: Diplomate standing. 
  • American Board of Forensic Counselor Examiners: Fellow standin

BOARDS & COMMITTEES:

  • National Association of Social Workers: 
  • National Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification alternate 2016
  • National Association of Social Workers-PA Chapter: 
  • Past Presidents Council 2016-present
  • Chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification member 2016
  • Delegate Assembly member 2016
  • Chapter Delegate Assembly member 2014
  • Member Public Policy Committee, 2011-2013
  • Executive Director Search Committee 2012
  • Public Policy Committee-Chair, 2009-2011
  • Delegate Assembly member, 2008
  • Board of Directors-President, 2007 – 2009
  • Professional Standards Committee-Chair 2006 – 2008
  • Regional Ethics Training Team for Pittsburgh Region (founding member). 2005 – 2014
  • American College of Forensic Examiners International: Social Work Consultant for Continuing Education Unit program review, 2015-present
  • Advisory Board for Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center, Latrobe, PA 2014 – present
  • American College of Forensic Examiners International: Advisory Board of Forensic Social Workers, 2012-present
  • Advisory Board Member: University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Direct Practice 2008-present
  • Safe and Drug Free Schools Committee, Ligonier Valley School District, Ligonier, PA 2009-2012
  • Advisory Board Member: Jewish Healthcare Foundation Grant – HIV Project, 2011-2014
  • Advisory Board Member: Latterman Family Clinic, McKeesport, PA 2008 – 2014
  • Board member: Community PARTners Program Health Professional Advisory Board 2007 – 2014
  • 9th Street Clinic, McKeesport, PA: Board of Directors (founding member). 2007 – present
  • CART-Allegheny County (Consumer Action Response Team) Advisory Board member. 2006 – 2012
  • Board of Directors Kids of Incarcerated Parents (KIP) Collaborative
  • Board Member: 2008
  • Board President: 2004-2005
  • Forensic Behavioral Health Advisory Committee- Allegheny County: 2003 – 2005
  • Co-Chair: Treatment & Support Subcommittee
  • Member of the Funding and Financing of Palliative Care Task Force of the West Virginia Initiative    to Improve End-of-Life Care: 2001 – 2002
  • Ritchie County Family Resource Network: Health & Wellness Committee: 1999 -2000
  • MA-Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, Outpatient Substance Abuse Subcommittee: 1998
  • Greater New Bedford Prevention Partnership, Education and Prevention Committee: 1998
  • National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, State Regulation Subcommittee: 1998
  • Administrative supervision and support Positive Action Against Chemical Addiction: 1998
  • Luis Martinez House (HIV Residence in New Bedford, MA) Advisory Board member: 1998
  • Rhode Island Children's Policy Coalition: 1993-1994
  • Healthy Families Rhode Island Conference Steering Committee: 1993
  • Project CONNECT/Dept. of Children, Youth & Families Service Coordination Committee: 1992-93
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