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Look below to see the latest news and announcements from Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health.

 

Human Rights Campaign   Devereux centers recognized by Human Rights Campaign for supporting LGBTQ youth, families

Four Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health centers have been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ advocacy group in the U.S., for supporting and serving LGBTQ youth and families.

W.W. Smith   Devereux awarded $35,000 grant for emergency clothing for youth

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health was recently awarded a $35,000 grant to purchase emergency clothing for children and adolescents at its centers in the Philadelphia region.

Helena T. Devereux   Game Changers: Helena Devereux featured in exhibit honoring Pennsylvania women who made history

Helena T. Devereux, special education pioneer and founder of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, is featured in a new exhibit at the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence that honors the achievements of Pennsylvania women.

Intensive Family Coaching   Devereux Pennsylvania’s intensive family coaching program helps family

Joaquin and Tina Angles credit Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania’s intensive family coaching program with helping them build a more positive, healthy relationship with their twin boys.

DECA 20 Years   DECA Program anniversary: Celebrating 20 years of promoting resilience in young children

The Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) Program, a strength-based assessment and planning system designed to promote resilience in children, ages 4 weeks to 6 years old.

Art Show   Devereux Massachusetts/Rhode Island students shine in local art contest

Artist Henri Matisse once said, “Creativity takes courage.” Students at Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island are courageously expressing their hopes, fears and dreams through art - and earning accolades along the way.

Dr. Todd Harris   Dr. Todd Harris and Erin Clemens discuss aging with autism on the Beasley Media Group’s Focus on the Delaware Valley podcast

Take a listen as Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Executive Director of Autism Services Dr. Todd Harris, and Erin Clemens, who receives services through Devereux Pennsylvania, discuss growing up and aging with autism on the Beasley Media Group’s Focus on the Delaware Valley podcast.

Gwen Skinner   Supported by Devereux, Erin Clemens celebrates graduation from Delaware County Community College

Erin Clemens, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome when she was 15 and receives services through Devereux Pennsylvania, graduated in May from Delaware County Community College.

Gwen Skinner   Article featuring Gwen Skinner:  “Mental illness is a serious but treatable problem”

Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. will experience a mental health challenge in a given year. Read this Marietta Daily Journal article featuring Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Vice President of Operations Gwen Skinner about raising awareness of behavioral health conditions.

California   Devereux California awarded $6,000 grant for multi-sensory equipment for adults with autism

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health California was recently awarded a $6,000 grant to purchase multi-sensory equipment for adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Golf 2019   Hole in one: Annual golf outing generates more than $150,000 for Devereux Pennsylvania

Wet weather did not dampen the spirits of more than 250 golfers who hit the links for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania’s annual Golf Classic.

Carl E. Clark II   Devereux President and CEO Carl E. Clark II elected to Greenleaf Center’s Board of Trustees

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health announced that President and Chief Executive Officer Carl E. Clark II was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.

Devereux’s Glenholme School   Devereux’s Glenholme School receives special recognition from U.S. Sen. Blumenthal

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Connecticut - The Glenholme School was awarded a certificate of special recognition for excellence in the field of special education by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

Face-Off   ‘Face-off for Autism’ hockey tournament raises $45,000 for adults with autism

Thirty-two teams hit the ice for the seventh annual “Face-off for Autism” hockey tournament to raise funds for adults living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other disabilities.

dialectical behavior therapy   Devereux begins training clinicians, leadership in dialectical behavior therapy

As part of its ongoing commitment to providing evidence-based, trauma-focused care, Devereux recently began training clinical staff in the organization’s residential treatment settings in dialectical behavior therapy.

Julie Donley   Devereux Pennsylvania’s Julie Donley named one of Main Line Today’s ‘Healthcare Heroes’

Main Line Today, a regional magazine focusing on Philadelphia’s Main Line and western suburbs, named Devereux Pennsylvania’s Julie Donley one of its 2019 “Healthcare Heroes.”

Charity of Choice   Become a fundraiser: Make Devereux your charity of choice

With a single click of a button, family members and friends of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health can build support for the nonprofit, and make a significant impact on the youth and adults it serves.

Texas DCRC   Healing from Hurricane Harvey: Devereux awarded contract to provide resilience training

The Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) was awarded a contract with the Texas Center for Child and Family Studies (The Center) to provide resilient leadership training following Hurricane Harvey.

Texas   Devereux Texas’ Kentucky Derby-themed Savor the Hope Gala benefits Devereux programs

Houston’s Hotel Zaza rivaled Churchill Downs as guests in wide-brimmed hats and other derby finery came together for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Texas’ 9th annual Savor the Hope Gala.

appreciation weeks   Devereux salutes nurses and teachers during appreciation weeks in May

Devereux is honoring the teachers/special education teachers and nurses who selflessly and tirelessly give of themselves to improve the lives of those living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences.

The Shops   The Shops at Devereux: Helping adults with disabilities gain real-world job experience

A florist, bike shop, auto shop and more! The Shops at Devereux, part of Devereux Pennsylvania’s vocational training program, provide employment and training opportunities for adults with disabilities. Plan your visit today!

NJ Cooking Club   Devereux New Jersey’s cooking club teaches adults tasty life lessons

Adults who participate in Devereux New Jersey’s cooking club learn valuable lessons such as how to scout out sales, make a budget and find healthy ingredients.

Gwen Skinner   Devereux’s Gwen Skinner named one of liveSAFE Resources’ “Women of Achievement”

Gwen Skinner, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s vice president of operations, was named one of liveSAFE Resources’ 2019 “Women of Achievement.”

World Autism Day   CBS Philly features Devereux New Jersey vocational program

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, CBS Philly featured a story about Devereux New Jersey's plant therapy program, which teaches adults with autism new skills.

Resilience Conference   Devereux and Marist College co-sponsor Resilience Conference to support families and caregivers with special needs

The June 15 event will feature discussions with internationally-recognized motivational speaker Lou Radja and Dr. Robert Naseef, psychologist, author and father of a child on the autism spectrum.

Golf Classic   Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health hosts annual Golf Classic on May 14 to raise critical funding to support youth and adults with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences

More than 300 supporters expected to attend annual event, which will be held at three of Philadelphia’s premier golf courses, and will feature live/silent auctions and a cocktail/dinner reception.

Autism Day   Erin Clemens: A poem to her parents on World Autism Awareness Day

In honor of World Autism Awareness Day, Erin Clemens, who receives services through Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania, was inspired to write a poem to her parents.

music speaks   Devereux New York’s music therapy program helps adults, one note at a time

Author Hans Christian Andersen once said, “Where words fail, music speaks.” The music therapy program at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health New York is helping adults with developmental disabilities find their voice.

CIDDS   Devereux Pennsylvania CIDDS employee turns campus into an art canvas

Dale Baggerley’s job title at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania may be maintenance support, but it is his artistic talents that are earning him praise and admiration from the youth he serves, his fellow employees and visitors alike.

STARR   Devereux Massachusetts/Rhode Island STARR program builds a sense of community

For the past two years, Sheri-ann Mclean, program director at Devereux Advanced Behavior Health Massachusetts and Rhode Island, has been cultivating a culture of trust and collaboration among staff in the organization’s Short-term Assessment and Rapid Reintegration (STARR) program in Paxton, Mass.

Colorado playground   Devereux Colorado awarded $6,500 grant for playground equipment

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Colorado was recently awarded a grant of more than $6,500 to help purchase playground equipment for children with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences.

Together We Rise   Devereux Arizona receives hundreds of ‘sweet cases’ from Together We Rise/Toyota

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Arizona received more than 300 “sweet cases” from the nonprofit Together We Rise, in partnership with Toyota Financial Services.

EPIC   Devereux Pennsylvania Children’s Behavioral Health Center awarded EPIC designation

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania’s Children’s Behavioral Health Center (DCBHC) has been awarded the Education and Programming for Integrated Care (EPIC) designation by West Chester University, which recognizes organizations that support and train student interns in settings that integrate both behavioral health and physical healthcare services.

Dr. Barry McCurdy   Dr. Barry McCurdy discusses supporting students with behavioral challenges on The Behavioral Observations podcast

Take a listen as Devereux Center for Effective Schools Director Barry McCurdy, Ph.D., NCSP, BCBA-D, discusses Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), school mental health and supporting students with trauma - on The Behavioral Observations podcast.

Hank Booth   Supported by Devereux as a youth, Hank Booth now serves as an advisory board chair

As a young boy, Hank Booth struggled emotionally and socially. When Booth started experimenting with drugs, his parents turned to Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Texas. Decades later, Booth now serves as chairman of the Devereux Georgia Advisory Board.

Dr. Yolanda Graham   Dr. Yolanda Graham discusses human sex trafficking on iHeartRadio’s Philadelphia Community Podcast

Take a listen as Devereux Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical/Medical Officer Yolanda Graham, M.D. discusses human sex trafficking and Devereux’s residential Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) program - on iHeartRadio’s Philadelphia Community Podcast.

Night to Shine   Devereux Florida youth treated to unforgettable prom experience at ‘Night to Shine’

Youth from Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida experienced all of the glitz and glamour of a traditional prom during “Night to Shine,” a worldwide event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

Pennsylvania autism partnership   Local man achieving goals, thanks to Pennsylvania autism partnership

“Since I’ve been here at Devereux, I’ve been seeing what I can do, and what others like me can do.” Read about John Pagnoni and how Devereux Pennsylvania’s CAAPP program is helping make his dreams a reality in this inspiring article - featured in the Chester County Press.

Multigenerational Service   Multigenerational service: Working at Devereux runs in employee’s family

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health has always been part of Renee Bowen’s life - and with good reason - at least 10 family members (including Bowen) have worked for the nonprofit since the late 1940s.

  Devereux Colorado’s animal-assisted therapy program teaches youth valuable life lessons

Youth at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Colorado who have experienced a significant amount of trauma in their young lives are finding furry, four-legged comfort - through the organization’s animal-assisted therapy program.

  Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health receives $50,000 grant from the Connelly Foundation

Funds will provide technology and educational programming at schools serving individuals living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences in southeast Pennsylvania.

  Food and fellowship: Devereux New York food service manager’s jokes bring smiles

Doug Patton, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health New York’s food service manager, knows the importance of a good sense of humor. In his 20 years on the job, Patton has always tried to keep a sunny disposition - and plenty of so-called “dad jokes” on hand.

  Autism through a different lens: A sibling’s perspective

“Annie’s influence spreads into every aspect of my life … she has given me the inspiration to make an impact in the world around me.” Read this inspiring and heartwarming article - featured in Autism Journey - from Devereux Director of Family and Community Services Amy Kelly, and her son, Danny.

  Giving back: Family brightens holiday season for youth at Devereux Pennsylvania CIDDS

The holidays are a time of giving, and for Mary and Mark Bainbridge - whose son, Robert, received services through Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health - they are a time of giving back.

  Devereux’s Glenholme School raises more than $4,000 for children affected by Flint water crisis

Students and staff at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Connecticut - The Glenholme School are raising funds for children affected by the recent water crisis in Flint, Mich.

  Devereux Pennsylvania’s CAAPP program helps make dreams a reality

Growing up, John Pagnoni had a passion for cooking. He and his grandmother would watch Food Network shows featuring celebrity chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri to gather ideas and learn new skills.

  Dr. Todd Harris discusses aging with autism on Philadelphia Focus radio program

Take a listen as Devereux Executive Director of Autism Services Todd Harris, Ph.D., discusses aging with autism - along Devereux’s programs and services for older youth and adults - on the Beasley Media Group radio program, Philadelphia Focus.

  Conference empowers Devereux’s emerging leaders to put Servant Leadership principles into action

As Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health begins embedding Servant Leadership best practices across its organization, the nonprofit is making sure it has the right people in place to roll out this new initiative - and ensure the long-term success of this methodology.

  Lisa Kroger and Michelle Llorens named executive directors of Devereux Florida

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare in the nation, today announced that President and CEO Carl E. Clark II named Lisa Kroger, LMSW, and Michelle Llorens, M.A., BCBA, as executive directors of Devereux Florida, effective Jan. 7, 2019.

  Maryann Campbell honored for decades of leadership at Devereux’s Glenholme School

Maryann Campbell, who will officially retire as executive director of Devereux Connecticut - The Glenholme School on Jan. 31, 2019, was honored recently for her decades of exceptional leadership and service to the organization.

  Devereux helps Toys for Tots program spread joy this holiday season

When organizers of a Chester County Toys for Tots event lost the site they planned to use to sort and distribute toys for those less fortunate this holiday season, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania stepped in to help.

  ‘Camp Holiday Cheer’ makes holiday season special for Devereux Florida foster families

More than 300 Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida foster parents and children experienced the magic of the season during an evening of holiday festivities and campfire fun.

  NJACP conference features panel discussion with Devereux’s Steve Bruce on the future of I/DD services/supports

Steve Bruce, M.Ed., BCBA, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s vice president of operations - adult services, participated in a panel discussion during the 35th annual New Jersey Association of Community Providers (NJACP) conference about the future for intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) providers.

  Devereux awarded $15,000 grant for Servant Leadership implementation

The Philadelphia Foundation recently awarded Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health a $15,000 Leadership Grant to help the nonprofit implement Servant Leadership methodology and best practices across its centers in the Philadelphia region.

  Fundraising events generate nearly $20,000 for Devereux Arizona

Two events benefitting Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Arizona raised nearly $20,000 this fall for youth with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences, as well as those served by the center’s foster care programs.

  Job fair draws immigrant professionals interested in behavioral health career opportunities

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania participated in its second job fair for immigrants, drawing professionals interested in a career in behavioral health. The job fair was held in partnership with the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, which accelerates immigrant integration and economic advancement through education, training, employment and entrepreneurship.

  Devereux Pennsylvania’s 19th annual Hope Gala raises more than $180,000 for children and adults with special needs

Nearly 350 guests entered the enchanted “Secret Garden” at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania’s 19th annual Hope Gala to raise critical funds for children and adults with special needs.

  Devereux awards prestigious fellowship supporting staff development expertise

The winner of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s 2018 Weaver E. Falberg Leadership Promise Fellowship award is Amy White, payroll and finance specialist at Devereux Georgia.

  Devereux launches population health initiative focusing on whole-person healthcare

Population health aims to improve the overall health and well-being of a population. At Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, we are taking a population health approach to caring for the individuals we serve, their families and our employees every day.

  Future of America Learning Center: Devereux’s Early Childhood Assessment key to success

A New York City child care center is crediting the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment Program with its success in helping to grow resilient children.

  CHOP and Devereux team up for conference on integrating physical and behavioral healthcare

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia(CHOP) recently teamed up with Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health to co-sponsor a conference for the first time on the importance of integrating mental and behavioral healthcare with physical care for children.

  Devereux Texas uses $50,000 grant for trauma training post-Hurricane Harvey

When Hurricane Harvey made landfall last year with unrelenting rain, causing devastating and widespread flooding, Devereux Texas was put to the test. Following the storm, the nonprofit was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Texas Center for Child and Family Studies, in partnership with the Rebuild Texas Fund. The grant is now providing advanced-level trauma training for staff.

  California center requires use of Devereux’s Early Childhood Assessment Program

A nonprofit regional center in California that provides supports and services for children and adults with developmental disabilities is requiring that early intervention providers in the three counties it serves start using the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment Program.

  Nonprofit Helps Disabled Citizens 'Spread Their Wings' in Salem County

Devereux New Jersey was featured in an SNJ Today piece about National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and its efforts to provide employment opportunities to individuals living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences at Raise Your Dreams Farm in Pilesgrove, N.J.

  ‘Tee-off for Autism’ golf tournament raises more than $5,000 for adults with autism

More than 60 golfers hit the links for the second annual “Tee-off for Autism” golf tournament to raise money for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania’s “Bridge Fund.”

  Devereux New York Advisory Board hosts reception for supporters in Rye

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health New York’s Advisory Board hosted a reception for more than 60 supporters on October 18 at the Coveleigh Club in Rye, N.Y. Attendees had an opportunity to learn how Devereux New York supports, and cares for, individuals living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences.

  Devereux Texas is back … and better than ever!

In August 2017, Devereux’s campuses in League City and Victoria, Texas, were put to the test when Hurricane Harvey made landfall. The Category 4 storm brought more than 50 inches of rain to the Houston area, causing devastating flooding and significant damage to both Devereux Texas centers. Today, nearly all repairs are completed and Devereux Texas is stronger than ever.

  Times Herald article focuses on National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Devereux Vice President of Operations - Adult Services Steve Bruce recently shared his thoughts with The Times Herald on "giving all individuals the opportunity to be included and make a positive impact in their communities."

  Melanie Beidler selected to join RCPA Children’s Steering Committee

Mel Beidler, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania’s vice president of operations - children’s services, was recently selected to serve on the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association (RCPA) Children’s Steering Committee.

  Inaugural ‘Double Down for Devereux’ event raises more than $7,000 for New Jersey

It was a sure bet that the more than 100 guests who turned out for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health New Jersey’s first-ever “Double Down for Devereux” event experienced an unforgettable night of casino-style games, food and fun.

  From receiving care to starting a career: Devereux’s CAAPP program provides hope

Ten years ago, Erin Clemens was struggling with day-to-day activities, relying heavily on family and friends to help guide her through life’s challenges. Going to college or finding employment seemed like unobtainable goals. Then, in 2008, her parents turned to Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health.

  Johnson Matthey sees benefit in employing individuals with special needs

What does Johnson Matthey, a global leader in sustainable technologies based in England, have in common with Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health? They both want to make the world a better place for future generations. Johnson Matthey is taking that notion to heart by providing employment opportunities for individuals with special needs.

  Article featuring Dr. Yolanda Graham: Suicide rates up among youth, LGBTQs

Mental-health professionals are advocating for suicide-prevention education to begin as early as elementary schools. The rate of suicide for LGBTQ youth has risen by more than 70 percent over the past decade, and is on the rise in all children aged 10 and under. Read this Philadelphia Gay News article, which features Devereux Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical/Medical Officer Dr. Yolanda Graham.

  Devereux Pennsylvania to host 19th Annual Hope Gala

On Saturday, November 10, Devereux Pennsylvania will host its annual Hope Gala at Moulin in Sherman Mills (Philadelphia). More than 500 supporters are expected to attend this year’s event, which raises critical funds for individuals living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences.

  American Heart Association recognizes Devereux for workplace health achievement

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health has been recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) for achieving silver level recognition in the AHA’s 2018 Workplace Health Achievement Index. The honor recognizes Devereux’s actions to build a culture of health and wellness in the workplace.

  Devereux Pennsylvania brings smiles to faces with back-to-school drive

For the third consecutive year, employees at the Devereux Pennsylvania Community Services center secured donations - and conducted a back-to-school drive - that benefited more than 300 youth served by the organization’s local outpatient programs.

  How Denver's Open-Access Clinic Can Save Lives of Suicidal Teens and More

There are plenty of obstacles to treatment for children, teens and other members of lower-income families struggling with mental-health issues. That's why Devereux Colorado is trying something new every Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an open-access clinic, for potential patients in need of psychological care.

  Helping individuals in crisis: September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

The American Association of Suicidology reports that, in the U.S., nearly 45,000 individuals died by suicide in 2016. In addition, the organization said suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, with an average of one person taking his or her own life every 11.7 minutes.

  Direct Support Professionals Week: Devereux honors its DSPs

At Devereux, direct support professionals are the backbone of our organization. During Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Week - September 9-15 - Devereux celebrates its 3,400 DSPs, as they bring hope, healing and joy to the individuals we serve every day.

  Devereux California celebrates adults with special needs during annual event

More than 200 guests participated in Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health California’s 18th annual “Devereux Day” event on August 11 in Goleta, Calif.

  Devereux youth shares moving graduation speech

Justinee Rafter told the Devereux admissions team she was not interested in her education. But thanks to a team of compassionate and caring clinicians, teachers and staff at the Devereux Pennsylvania - Children’s Behavioral Health Services center, three years later - something changed. This summer, Justinee graduated from the Devereux Day School in Malvern, Pa.

  FCC selects Devereux Florida foster parents as its ‘Foster Parents of the Year’

During the Florida Coalition for Children’s (FCC) annual convention in July, the organization selected Devereux foster parents Bobby Sharp and Everett Kamuchey as its “Foster Parents of the Year.”

  Devereux Arizona receives $500,000 gift from the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation

Thanks to the continued generosity from the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation, Devereux Arizona’s Scottsdale campus has exceeded the halfway point toward funding its $1.25 million capital campaign for a new dormitory that will serve youth with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences.

  Patricia Hillis-Clark named executive director of Devereux PA - Children’s Behavioral Health Services

Devereux President and CEO Carl E. Clark II has named Patricia Hillis-Clark, Psy.D., BCBA, as incoming executive director of the organization’s Devereux Pennsylvania Children’s Behavioral Health Services center, located in Malvern and Glenmoore, Pa.

  Focusing on trauma: Take Devereux’s pledge to promote social/emotional health in children

This month, the Devereux Center of Resilient Children invites everyone to embrace our shared role in promoting healthy early childhood development by taking its online pledge to promote the resilience of all children, and to learn more about the negative impacts of childhood trauma, as well as the need for trauma-informed practices.

  Devereux N.Y. holds first ‘Self-Advocate Gala’ for adults with disabilities

This summer, Devereux New York held its first “Self-Advocate Gala” for adults served by the nonprofit behavioral healthcare provider. The gala was coordinated by the organization’s “Adult Self-Advocacy Group.”

  Carol Anne McNellis appointed executive director of Devereux PA - Children’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health President and CEO Carl E. Clark II selected Carol Anne McNellis, Psy.D., BCBA, as the incoming executive director of the Devereux Pennsylvania Children’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services (CIDDS) center, which is located in West Chester, Pa.

  Dr. Michelle Wonders appointed to Pennsylvania Psychological Association board of directors

Devereux Pocono Clinical Director Michelle Wonders, Psy.D., was appointed recently as Internal Affairs board chair for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA). Wonders was selected to serve a one-year term.

  Devereux video: Listening to Our Families

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health has released a new video, in which Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical/Medical Officer Dr. Yolanda Graham interviews parent Andrea McArthur about her experience with our organization.

  Devereux MA/RI 2018 Gala and Auction a huge success

The Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Massachusetts and Rhode Island center’s annual “Gala & Auction,” held this spring in Worcester, Massachusetts, set a record for the organization’s premier fundraising event. Featuring live entertainment, fantastic food, dancing and a live auction for the 10th anniversary of this event, the Gala generated more than $270,000, which represents a 20 percent increase in sponsorships and a 30 percent increase in live auction results.

  Dr. Yolanda Graham featured in Georgia Voice article: “LGBTQ researcher named GA Psychiatrist of the Year”

“Did you know Georgia recently named a psychiatrist of the year? Did you know she’s a highly skilled advocate for our LGBTQ community? You do now, so let’s meet the incomparable Dr. Yolanda Graham.” Read this Georgia Voice article featuring Devereux Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical/Chief Medical Officer Dr. Yolanda Graham.

  Tips for a Successful Family Outing with Your Child with Autism or Developmental Disabilities

Coordinating family activities can be a challenging task for any parent. But when one or more of your children have autism or a developmental disability, a simple walk to the park can become overwhelming, or could even prevent families from enjoying much-needed quality time together.

  Delaware certifies Devereux’s Alternative Education/Teacher Certification program

Delaware Secretary of Education Susan Bunting recently approved Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s “Alternative Certification in Autism and Severe Disabilities Alternative Routes to Certification Program,” which means Devereux is now just one of three approved providers for the additional certification (that specializes in autism/severe disabilities) for teacher candidates in the state.

  ‘Face-off for Autism’ hockey event generates funding for adults with autism

Fundraising for the children, adolescents and adults served by Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health has never been easier or more fun! Friends and family members of Devereux are taking their support to the next level via a new, web-based crowdfunding platform.

  Hold your own fundraiser to help those served by Devereux

Fundraising for the children, adolescents and adults served by Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health has never been easier or more fun! Friends and family members of Devereux are taking their support to the next level via a new, web-based crowdfunding platform.

  Christopher Betts appointed as executive director of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania - Adult Services

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare in the nation, today announced that President and CEO Carl E. Clark II has selected Christopher Betts, M.A., as Devereux Pennsylvania Adult Services’ incoming executive director.

  Devereux increases efforts to recruit immigrant professionals in Pennsylvania

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health recently began working with the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians to assist behavioral healthcare professionals from other countries - who are now living in the Commonwealth - to acclimate to the American job market and to land that perfect job.

  Devereux PA’s Dr. Jacquelyn Zavodnick named one of Main Line Today’s ‘Healthcare Heroes’

Main Line Today, a regional magazine focusing on Philadelphia’s Main Line and western suburbs, recently selected Dr. Jacquelyn Zavodnick, medical director at Devereux Pennsylvania Children’s Behavioral Health Services (CBHS) center, as one of its 2018 “Healthcare Heroes.”

  Annual golf outing generates nearly $140,000 for Devereux PA programs

Nearly 250 golfers came out swinging during Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania’s 2018 Golf Classic, held at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown, Pa., on May 15.

  Noah D. Noyes appointed as executive director of Devereux Connecticut, The Glenholme School

Devereux announced that President and CEO Carl E. Clark II has selected Noah D. Noyes as Devereux Connecticut, The Glenholme School’s, incoming executive director. Noyes, who currently serves as the school’s operations manager, will assume this role on Nov. 1, 2018. Noyes succeeds Maryann Campbell, who will retire on Jan. 31, 2019, following more than four decades of leadership and vision.

  Devereux employee’s idea selected as finalist by University of Pennsylvania’s Crowdsourcing Challenge

When Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania Clinical Case Manager Molly Stubbs heard about the University of Pennsylvania’s “Philly Clinician Crowdsourcing Challenge,” she jumped at the chance to submit an idea.

  Kerry Ann Goldsmith recognized by the Association of Children’s Residential Centers

Kerry Ann Goldsmith, executive director of Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island, was recently honored with the prestigious “Fellow” award by the Association of Children’s Residential Centers (ACRC).

  Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island granted expedited COA reaccreditation

Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island was recently reaccredited by the Council on Accreditation for a period of four years for “achieving the highest standards of professional practice for the services it provides.” The Devereux center first received COA accreditation in 2009.

  Pennsylvania Adult Services receives accreditation for excellence from CARF

Devereux Pennsylvania Adult Services recently received a three-year reaccreditation for excellence for its Brain Injury Program from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Note: This is the second, three-year accreditation the Devereux center has received from CARF.

  Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health appoints Yolanda Graham, M.D., as senior vice president chief clinical/chief medical officer

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare in the nation, announced today that Devereux President and CEO Carl E. Clark, II has appointed Yolanda Graham, M.D., to the position of senior vice president chief clinical/chief medical officer.

  Devereux partners with The Bradley Center to provide training for programs serving victims of child sex trafficking

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health has partnered with The Bradley Center to provide the Pittsburgh-based organization with expert clinical training related to programs and services addressing the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

  Devereux Texas Awarded $50,000 Rebuild Texas Fund Grant

Improved resources will soon be available for those suffering and recovering from trauma, thanks to a financial contribution to Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Texas. In late April, the Texas Center for Child and Family Studies (“the Center”), in partnership with the Rebuild Texas Fund, named the nonprofit a $50,000 recipient of its Rebuild Texas Fund Grant.

  True Devereux heroes: Teachers and nurses honored in May

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health employs nearly 250 teachers/special education teachers and more than 300 nurses who make a significant impact on the lives of tens of thousands of children, adolescents and adults - and family members - served by the organization.

  Facebook Live (recap) discussion about autism featuring Todd Harris

Tune in for a Facebook Live recap of special needs parenting blogger Lisa Lightner, as she interviews Devereux Executive Director of Autism Services Dr. Todd Harris about trending autism topics.

  In spite of past traumas, hurricane generates resilience in youth and staff at Devereux Texas

Throughout its programs, Devereux teaches the idea of “resilience” - the ability to recover from, or adjust easily to, misfortune or change. That concept was taken to unprecedented levels for Devereux Texas during, and after, Hurricane Harvey.

  Devereux launches organizational redesign to propel the nonprofit to new levels of excellence

Devereux announced that President and CEO Carl E. Clark II will lead a significant organizational redesign initiative, with the support of an expanded leadership team, that will propel the nonprofit from great to extraordinary.

  Autism Spectrum News features article from Carl Clark on the ‘transition to adulthood’

Read an article from Devereux President and CEO Carl E. Clark II - called "Advancing Behavioral Health Strategies as Individuals Approach Adulthood" - which was featured in the latest issue of Autism Spectrum News (see page 17).

  Devereux foster parents honored by the Adoptive & Foster Parent Association of Georgia

The Adoptive & Foster Parent Association of Georgia recently named Devereux Georgia foster parents Stacey and Shatee Cooks as its “Foster Parents of the Year.”

  Family members of Devereux PA youth raise $8,000 for the organization

Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, Devereux is able to continue the vision of its founder - Helena Devereux - to help build a life of resilience, self-fulfillment and happiness for people of all abilities. Recently, Cindy and Matt Puscar raised $8,000 for Devereux Pennsylvania to create a sensory room for youth with special needs.

  Legislative breakfast sparks inspirational story from Devereux parent

In March, Devereux Massachusetts / Rhode Island held its seventh annual “Legislator’s Breakfast” event at its Rutland, Mass., campus. During the event, attendees heard a moving speech from Devereux parent Erica Sarro, about her son’s journey to Devereux.

  When a child asks you to become her adoptive parents …

Although they never fully shared their thoughts about adoption with one another until the opportunity was posed by a 14-year-old child facing foster care, Jason and Jill considered expanding their family.

  Devereux Georgia hosts Young Southeast Asian Leaders Institute Fellows

Through a partnership with Kennesaw State University, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Georgia recently hosted several Young Southeast Asian Leaders Institute (YSEALI) Fellows on its Kennesaw, Ga., campus for a tour and community project.

  Talking Shop with Crazy Aaron’s Founder Aaron Muderick

Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty founder and CEO Aaron Muderick has been dedicated to employing and empowering individuals with disabilities. Today, Muderick employs more than 800 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Recently, Muderick caught up with Devereux Senior Vice President of External Affairs Leah Yaw to talk putty, people and perspective.

  Devereux Pennsylvania Career Day event helps youth craft a vision for the future

During a “Career Day” event at the Devereux Pennsylvania Children’s Behavioral Health Services center in Glenmoore, Pa., more than 40 high school students received words of wisdom and encouragement from members of Fairview Presbyterian Church.

  AACAP launches mentorship award in honor of Devereux’s Dr. Marilyn Benoit

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) recently established the inaugural “AACAP Marilyn B. Benoit, MD, Child Maltreatment Mentorship Award” named in honor of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Marilyn Benoit.

  $250,000 Gift brings Devereux Texas closer to recovery

Six months after Hurricane Harvey’s devastating blow to Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Texas, a donation has the nonprofit on firmer footing for its path to recovery. Recently, the Valero Energy Foundation presented Devereux Texas with a check for $250,000 to benefit the organization’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

  Devereux earns prestigious certification to further exceptional foster care services

The Devereux Pennsylvania Children’s Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services (CIDDS) Community Services of Philadelphia Foster Care Program and the Devereux Center for Effective Schools were recently certified in the Together Facing the Challenge evidence-based model for therapeutic foster care.

  Devereux certifies first ‘safe’ foster homes for sexually exploited youth in Central Florida

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida recently announced the certification of two foster families as “official safe homes” - providing special assistance and support for sexually exploited youth in Central Florida.

  Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association names Dr. Yolanda Graham ‘Psychiatrist of the Year’

During the GPPA’s annual winter meeting, the association unanimously bestowed the award on Dr. Yolanda Graham, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s national executive director of mental health services and Devereux Georgia medical director.

  Devereux N.J. receives large donation of personal hygiene supplies from Autism N.J.

Thanks to Autism New Jersey and Amazon, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health New Jersey was the recipient of a large donation of personal hygiene products - more than 1,300 items! - that will be used to support the individuals it serves every day.

  Devereux Pocono receives $3,000 donation from NBT Bank

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pocono recently received $3,000 from NBT Bank through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program.

  Devereux program sees positive outcome for individuals at N.J. group home

At Devereux, our employees work tirelessly, every day, to help the individuals we serve lead productive, positive and socially-connected lives. Recently, Devereux New Jersey team members witnessed extremely rewarding outcomes as a result of implementing the “Devereux Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports” (D-PBIS) methodology in one of its groups homes.

  Devereux Texas campuses recover following Hurricane Harvey

It took a village … but our Devereux Texas campuses are kicking off the New Year in their facilities which, last August, were fully evacuated and significantly damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

  What Olympic athletes can teach us about autism

Olympic athletes are inspiring, uplifting and an example of what can be accomplished through hard work and dedication. These athletes also give us powerful insight into the lives of those with autism. Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Executive Director - Autism Services Todd Harris, Ph.D., explains why the cornerstones of athletic success are similar for individuals with autism.

  Devereux Florida honored by surprise $15,000 donation

At an end-of-year event sponsored by the Medical Executive Committee of the Florida Hospital System, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida was awarded a donation of $15,000.

  Adoption completes family just in time for holidays

Learn more about Devereux Arizona foster parents Sydni and Emery Engle - and their adoption journey - in this Arizona Daily Star article.

  Devereux’s Carl E. Clark II helps RCPA ‘chart the future’ by listening

Earlier this year, the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association created a Steering Committee to guide the organization’s future direction through a deepened understanding of what its members value and find important. RCPA represents providers of health and human services (like Devereux) who are committed to effective, efficient and high-quality care.

  Sarah Ellen Lenahan receives Main Line Chamber ‘Chairman’s Award’

The Main Line Chamber of Commerce recently honored Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Organizational Development Practitioner Sarah Ellen Lenahan with its 2017 “Chairman’s Award.”

  Main Line Today article puts the spotlight on Robert Kreider’s 23-year legacy at Devereux

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health President and CEO Robert Q. Kreider was featured recently in a Main Line Today article that puts a spotlight on his 23-year legacy at the organization.

  Todd Harris shares PBIS data and outcomes at Paris Symposium

Devereux goes international! Executive Director of Autism Services Todd Harris, Ph.D., was a presenter at the Association for Behavior Analysis International’s® Ninth International Conference, held November 14-15, in Paris.

  Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Appoints Renee Martin as the organization’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare, today announced that its Board of Directors named Renee Martin, J.D., R.N., M.S.N. as the organization’s new senior vice president and general counsel, effective Dec. 4, 2017.

  Devereux’s Hope Gala raises more than $700,000 for children and adults with special needs

Nearly 600 guests experienced a magical evening during Devereux Pennsylvania’s annual Hope Gala on November 11 at The Fillmore in Philadelphia.

  Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health appoints Carl E. Clark II as seventh president and chief executive officer in 105-year-history

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the oldest, largest, and most-respected nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare in the nation, announced today its Board of Trustees has appointed Carl E. Clark II as its new President and Chief Executive Officer.

  Giving thanks: Celebrating Thanksgiving with your Child with Autism

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends, and to give thanks for the many gifts we experience in our lives.

  Devereux Arizona’s Lane Barker Captures C-Suite Award

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Arizona Executive Director Lane Barker was recently named Phoenix Business Journal's “CEO of the Year” in its inaugural “C-Suite Awards” event on October 19.

  Crucial Considerations When Conducting an Organizational Rebrand

A strong brand is one of an organization’s greatest assets. Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Senior Vice President of External Affairs Leah Yaw shares points to consider for nonprofit organizations looking to refresh or enhance their brands.

  New York Magazine article features Devereux AZ parents’ foster care journey

According to Sharicka McHenry’s life plan, she’d be married with children by the time she was 30. But by the time she and her wife, Donna, both found out they were medically unable to have biological children, Sharicka was 37. Click here to read this New York Magazine article about Devereux Arizona parents Sharicka and Donna McHenry - and their foster care journey.

  Devereux President and CEO Bob Kreider featured on Comcast Newsmakers

In September, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health President and CEO Robert Q. Kreider appeared on Comcast Newsmakers, where he shared information about the organization, his achievements as president and CEO, and details about the organization’s annual Hope Gala on November 11.

  Megan Russell-Currie appointed to APA Integrated Health Care Alliance Advisory Board

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Director of Clinical and Professional Affairs Megan Russell-Currie was recently appointed to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Integrated Health Care Alliance Advisory Board.

  Rayni Brindley joins RCPA Steering Committee to prioritize quality of care for children’s services

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Vice President of Operations and Organizational Development Rayni Brindley was recently selected to join the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association (RCPA) Children’s Steering Committee.

  Hurricane Harvey Relief

Hurricane Harvey has been devastating to the residents of Texas both in Houston / League City and Victoria, where Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health has programs.

  Devereux celebrates Direct Support Professionals Week

At Devereux, our direct support professionals are the lifeblood of our organization. During Direct Support Professionals Week (DSP) - September 10-16 - Devereux recognizes and celebrates its DSPs’ efforts to bring help and healing to the individuals we serve every day.

  Devereux’s Early Childhood Assessment Program turns everyday interactions into lifelong skills

The Devereux Center for Resilient Children’s “Devereux Early Childhood Assessment” (DECA) Program provides teachers and families with a strength-based assessment and planning system designed to promote resilience in children ages four weeks to six-years-old.

  ‘Success Through A Change In Perspective’ - Advice From Robert Kreider

OPEN MINDS recently caught up with Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health President and CEO Bob Kreider to get his thoughts on leadership. Answering three questions, Bob highlighted the importance of getting involved in an organization’s culture, focusing on budget process and listening to employees at all levels of the organization.

  Devereux: Providing compassionate care and evidence-based practices for 100+ years

In this Philadelphia Medicine Magazine article, Senior Vice President of External Affairs Leah Yaw shares information about the more than 100-year history and evolution of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health. (see pgs. 18-21).

  Launching an organizational rebrand? Here's some crucial considerations

In this Philadelphia Business Journal article, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Carl Clark and Senior Vice President of External Affairs Leah Yaw offer advice and items to consider for any organization undergoing a rebranding effort.

  Amy Kelly gives a voice to families through American Board of Pediatrics Foundation project

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Director of Family and Community Services Amy Kelly was recently selected to participate in a new mental health initiative sponsored by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). The project focuses on better understanding the emotional support and mental health needs of patients and families dealing with a chronic illness.

  Former Devereux student shares her high school experience

“Devereux taught me that I am appreciated and that I do matter,” said Shante Chapman, a former Devereux Day School student. When Shante was younger, she was labeled a “brawler” who was prone to bouts of anger and fighting. After her freshman year in high school, she and her family made the decision to continue her high school education at the Devereux Day School in Pennsylvania.

  2017 Golf & Tennis Classic generates nearly $120,000 for Devereux PA programs

Devereux Pennsylvania’s 30th Annual Golf and Tennis Classic - held at the Philadelphia Cricket Club and the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club - included a golf and tennis tournament, along with live and silent auctions and a cocktail/dinner reception for attendees.

  Devereux article on Positive Behavior Support featured in Fostering Families Today

An article written by Devereux employees - Rachel Eisenberg, Ph.D.; Laura Rutherford, Ph.D.; and Barry McCurdy, Ph.D. - was recently featured in Fostering Families Today magazine. The focus: Positive Behavior Support in treatment foster care.

  Devereux Senior Vice President and COO Carl E. Clark II Elected to RCPA Board

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare, announced that Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Carl E. Clark II was elected to the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association’s (RCPA) Board of Directors.

  Tips for Navigating the Special Needs World with Your Child’s Doctor

In a two-part series about fostering strong relationships between physicians and children with special needs, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Director of Family and Community Services Amy Kelly shares her experiences - Tips for Navigating the Special Needs World with Your Child’s Doctor - with Philly.com’s Healthy Kids Blog.

  Devereux celebrates teachers and nurses during recognition weeks

At Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, we celebrate our nurses and teachers all year long. But during National Nurses Week and National Teacher Appreciation Week, we really want to give our nurses and teachers a special shout out!

  Adoption brings the gift of family to four siblings in foster care

Donna and Sharicka McHenry were satisfied with their lives in Phoenix, Ariz., but something was missing. “We always wanted children,” said Donna. “We wanted one of our own, but we also knew we would go through the foster care process because there are nearly 18,000 children living in the child welfare system in Arizona.” The couple are now parents to four siblings who previously were in foster care.

  Devereux Announces 2018 Retirement of President and CEO,
Robert Q. Kreider


Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare, recently announced that Robert Q. Kreider, President and CEO, will retire in January 2018, following more than 20 years of extraordinary service.

  Devereux New York hosts successful ‘Glow Light’ party

On February 25, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health New York hosted a “Glow Light” party for nearly 70 residents and staff members and it was a huge hit!

  How Art and a Zoo Help Students with Differences Learn Positive and Healing Behaviors

When working to improve educational outcomes for students with learning differences, it is essential to focus on cultivating behaviors that will equip each student to reach his or her true potential. At Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s Leo Kanner Learning Center, creative forms of learning are taking center stage when it comes to building confidence, generating positive behaviors and putting children with differences on a level playing field.

  Nearly 300 attend N.Y. screening of Oscar-nominated movie Life, Animated

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s special screening of the movie Life, Animated was presented to a near sell-out crowd on February 13 in Pelham, N.Y. The event, held in partnership with The Picture House, was followed by a Q&A session with Ron and Cornelia Suskind, the parents featured in the film.

  New Social Enterprise Aperture Education Focuses on Students’ Social and Emotional Competence

Assessment company Apperson, Inc., and the Devereux Center for Resilient Children a prevention-focused service of the nonprofit organization Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health today announced the launch of a new company, Aperture Education, that provides strength-based assessments and resilience-building resources to help schools and out-of-school-time organizations address the whole child.

  Devereux leaders featured in FFTA newsletter; share insight into launching a rebrand

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health leaders Senior Vice President of External Affairs Leah Yaw and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Carl Clark were featured in a recent issue of the Family Focused Treatment Association’s newsletter - FOCUS. The topic: launching an organizational rebrand.

  Dr. Barry McCurdy elected to APBS Board of Directors

Devereux Center for Effective Schools Director Dr. Barry McCurdy was recently appointed to the Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) Board of Directors. Dr. McCurdy was elected by his peers to serve a three-year term (2017-2020).


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