Although community integration programs are uniquely effective, these programs lack visibility in the overall marketplace of services for people suffering extreme psychiatric experiences.
As a result, they are not on the radar screen of many mental health professionals; while people and their families who could benefit from them – including individuals with long histories in and out of hospitals – often don’t know that an alternative and effective style of psychiatric care exists.
The Association for Community Integration Programs works to rectify this blind spot on both national and local levels.
To promote community integration programs as a central and proven alternative to residential and hospital-level care for many people who have been diagnosed as suffering from psychiatric symptoms. To educate more individuals, families and treatment providers about the substantial and documented benefits of such programs for people struggling with significant mental health issues, and about the growing body of scientific evidence for the effectiveness of this approach.
A4CIP educates the public and the professional community about this vitally necessary treatment option by:
- Creating a national network of like-minded programs that support each other;
- Co-sponsoring communications that raise awareness of our methods and outcomes among mental health professionals, consumers of mental health services; and family members;
- Organizing regular conferences that promote the community integration outlook;
- Contributing to the growing body of evidence that community integrated programs promote psychiatric and psychosocial recovery;
- Supporting research into the effectiveness of this model.
Edwin I. Levin, LICSW
Ed has been involved with residential treatment programs in leadership, marketing and clinical positions for more than 40 years. His experience in business development and clinical work equip him to be a trusted resource to programs and families when serious mental illness is the focus.
Upon earning a Master of Science from Columbia University School of Social Work, Ed worked as a Senior Assistant Health Services Officer, Social Work, for the U.S. Public Health Service, specializing in the treatment of drug addiction in a hospital setting. He then spent 13 years at the Baird Children’s Center, a residential treatment facility for children in Vermont, serving as assistant director for four years. Ed spent the next 28 years at Spruce Mountain Inn, a residential psychiatric treatment program for young adults in Vermont. Serving there as assistant director for 25 years, and later, as director of outreach and referral development, Ed was instrumental in building Spruce Mountain’s national reputation. As an independent consultant, Ed has been responsible for the marketing and business development of Prakash Ellenhorn, a high-profile PACT program in Massachusetts.
Ed’s many years working in residential treatment, followed by his professional move to community-integrated care, have permitted an up-close comparison of the two approaches. He now believes that, for many people diagnosed with psychiatric symptoms, community-integrated treatment is the most effective intervention when done right. Ed is enthusiastic about the community integration model and is excited about his role as CEO of the Association for Community Integration Programs.
Ross Ellenhorn, Ph.D.
Dr. Ellenhorn is trained as a sociologist, psychotherapist and social worker. He has dedicated the last two decades to helping individuals suffering psychiatric symptoms find the psychological and social means for remaining outside institutional settings and integrating into their communities.
Dr. Ellenhorn created the first fully-operating intensive hospital diversion and wrap-around program in Massachusetts, and created, then led, one of the first Programs for Assertive Community Treatment teams in the Commonwealth. Along with his partner, Dr. Madhavi Prakash, Dr. Ellenhorn founded Prakash Ellenhorn, an intensive and holistic outreach program serving clients in the Boston area. Prakash Ellenhorn is the most service-intensive private community integration program in the United States, aiming to serve clients, who are typically perceived by mental health professionals as appropriate for hospital care, outside the hospital, in their own communities. Dr. Ellenhorn is currently the CEO of Prakash Ellenhorn.
His book, Parasuicidality and Paradox: Breaking Through the Medical Model, which addresses psychiatric hospital recidivism and techniques for diverting hospital use, was published in 2007. Dr. Ellenhorn has given talks and seminars throughout the country, and has provided consultation to numerous mental health agencies and psychiatric hospitals on the subjects of hospital diversion, community integration, psychosocial rehabilitation, patient careerism and the PACT model. He is trained in Open Dialogue, a method that helps individuals experiencing extreme psychiatric states, and that has demonstrated results in minimizing the need for psychotropic medications. He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Social Welfare and the first person to receive a joint Ph.D. from the prestigious Florence Heller School for Social Welfare Policy and Management and the Department of Sociology at Brandeis University.
Dr. Ellenhorn founded A4CIP as a means to gain much-needed notice for programs that provide psychiatric and psychosocial care to clients living in the community, and that subscribe to the belief that purpose and vocational and educational goals are vital parts of their clients’ growth.
Brad Kennedy, MRC, CRC, CPRP
Brad Kennedy, MRC, is Director of Rehabilitation Services for The Menninger Clinic, overseeing group therapy services and individual psychiatric rehabilitation services. Brad received an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He received a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Kentucky. Brad is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and attended Boston University’s Certification Program in Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation. He was a founding member of the Compass Young Adult Program at The Menninger Clinic. Brad also served as Program Manager of the Pathfinder Community Integration Program, where he co-developed therapeutic programming and provided consultation on vocational assessments and social skills development to help clients improve their relationships and find the optimal fit of meaningful work, volunteer, or academic roles. Brad is a frequent presenter to local and national audiences on topics of work, mental health, school, and psychiatric rehabilitation issues.
Pete Linnett founded the Life Adjustment Team (LAT) of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialists in 1977, in response to the need for effective discharge planning, as well as post-hospitalization structure and support for recovery in the community. The Team pioneered a community-based mobile outreach psychiatric rehabilitation approach that provides a safety net for effective long-term relapse prevention and community bridge-building. Pete is CEO.
Pete launched his 45-plus year career in mental health at age 18, working first as a psychiatric technician in Upstate New York. After many years of seeing the same people rotate through the “system,” it was clear to him that the high rate of re-hospitalization was in part due to the lack of post-hospitalization structure and support systems to help patients get connected and become stable, active, and productive. LAT serves that need.
In 1988 Pete was hired by the UCLA Research Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation for a project to field test protocols of outpatient services, delivery systems and in-vivo skills training. Today the Life Adjustment Team implements state-of-the-art comprehensive outpatient psychiatric rehabilitation and substance abuse treatment using evidence-based best practices. The LAT model of outpatient treatment combines the in-vivo skills training modules developed at UCLA with its own 39 years of experience developing and implementing successful intervention and outpatient rehabilitation plans that involve community.
In 1991, Pete started the Westside Mental Health Provider Network. The Network is made up of people working in various mental health services, including community-based mental health centers, hospitals, local law enforcement, the Department of Mental Health, and consumer advocacy organizations. Its goal is to help mental health service providers deliver the highest quality of care possible through networking and resource-sharing. The Network’s initial membership of six has grown to 300 members in Los Angeles, Pasadena and Orange County.
Pete has served on the Board of NAMI Los Angeles and currently sits on the founders board of A4CIP to bring a voice to programs and services across the country dedicated to true empowerment through inclusion and connection to the community.
Timothy J. Haley, CPA, CFP
Tim brings 25-plus years of financial and business management experience to his role as Treasurer at the Association for Community Integration Programs. A licensed Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner, Tim earned his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Miami and his graduate degree Financial Planning from Bentley University, where he graduated first in his class and received the Professor E. Dandes Award for Graduate Academic Excellence. He is on the Community Integration Committee at Prakash Ellenhorn, working to develop relationships with business and community leaders, in part to foster job opportunities for clients.
Outside of work, Tim is a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, and a hospice volunteer with Visiting Nurse and Community Health. Tim believes in community integration as a road to recovery, and is helping to build the financial strength of A4CIP as a necessary foundation for expanding awareness of this model.