Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
announces significant expansion of education
PA – Sept. 4, 2019 – As part of its organizational redesign initiative led by new
President and CEO, Carl E. Clark II, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health – one of the nation’s
oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare – announced today
a major expansion of its historic education division to enhance the provision
of specialized education services across the nonprofit’s geographic footprint
The expansion will center around the
creation of new programs and content delivery modalities, diversifying
Devereux’s current educational service offerings to both public and approved
private schools across the country, as well as within Devereux-operated
educational programs nationwide.
“We are at an historic moment in our
organization’s mission, coming full circle to our founder Helena Devereux’s
driving passion to find innovative methods of educating children with special needs,”
said Devereux President and CEO Carl E. Clark II. “This move is a natural step
for our 107-year-old organization, which
is focused on unlocking and nurturing human potential for people living
with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences. I am excited to take
Devereux’s commitment to serving others – through evidence-based interventions and
compassionate family engagement – to new heights.”
January 2018, Clark unveiled Devereux’s organizational redesign initiative which, over the past 18 months, has helped
the nonprofit evolve by strengthening business processes and reinforcing
program quality for the benefit of both the individuals in its care and its
more than 7,000 staff.
Historically, Devereux has offered its
evidence-based education services – emphasizing prevention, intervention and
skill-building – through its: Center for
Effective Schools, Devereux
Center for Resilient Children, Center
for Autism Research and Educational Services Consulting, and Direct
Care Training Resources. The organization will further the reach of these consulting,
product sales and professional training services by:
- Building the capacity of
schools and child-serving institutions through training, consultation and the
implementation of evidence-based practices to better serve youth with autism
and/or intellectual disabilities, or those with emotional and behavioral
disorders (or youth who are considered at risk).
- Expanding safety training throughout various
school districts and other behavioral health providers;
- Utilizing Devereux’s unique and specialized
clinical and academic knowledge to expand its continuing
education courses for psychologists, Pennsylvania educators, nationally
certified counselors, and BCBAs/BCaBAs; and
- Supporting social and emotional development and
resilience of more children, and the adults who care for them, through
Devereux’s nationally standardized assessments and professional development
Internally, Devereux has made
significant strides to improve the quality of its existing residential-based
This initiative will continue these
- Improving existing educational programs organization-wide
through teacher training in evidence-based
- Enhancing existing educational programming across
its network via the organization-wide adoption of aimsweb®Plus,
a web-based tool incorporating curriculum-based measurement for assessing individual and
class-wide growth. Over the past two years, Devereux has adopted
research-based curricula for reading and math across all programs nationally.
- Adopting a Response to Intervention (RtI)
approach across all educational programs. RtI is a multi-tiered system of
support focusing on instructional support for students with learning and
Heading up this critical expansion
will be Joseph O’Brien, Ed.D., who retired from the position of executive
director of the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) in July. Dr. O’Brien will join Devereux in a
consulting role to guide the organization’s educational programming expansion. Under
his leadership at the CCIU, Dr. O’Brien helped open three new dual-enrollment
career and technical high schools, which are models for the Commonwealth. In
CCIU budget increased nearly $120 million during his tenure.
“Joe is a visionary education leader
whose entrepreneurial spirit and mission-driven focus will help Devereux serve
a larger number of students, families, school districts and other customers in
the world of K-12 education,” added Clark. “Throughout his career, Joe has
demonstrated his commitment to helping youth excel in school. I am confident he
will take our school-based programs and services to the next level.”
About Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations providing services,
insight and leadership in the evolving field of behavioral healthcare. Founded in 1912 by special education pioneer Helena Devereux, the
organization operates a comprehensive national network of clinical,
therapeutic, educational, and employment programs and services that positively
impact the lives of tens of thousands of children, adults – and their families
– every year. Focused on clinical advances emerging from a new understanding of the
brain, its unique approach combines evidence-based interventions with
compassionate family engagement.
With more than 7,500 employees
working in programs across the nation, Devereux is a recognized partner for
families, schools and communities, serving many of our country’s most
vulnerable populations in the areas of autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities,
specialty mental health, and child welfare. Programs are offered in hospital,
residential, community and school-based settings. They include: assessments;
interventions and support; transition and independent life services; family and
professional training; research and innovation; and advocacy and public
education. For more than a century, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health has
been guided by a simple and enduring mission: To change lives by unlocking and
nurturing human potential for people living with emotional, behavioral or
cognitive differences. www.devereux.org.
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