Jacalyn Auris named vice president of educational services at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
Villanova, PA – November 30, 2020 – Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare, today announced that Jacalyn Auris, Ed.D., has been named the organization’s vice president of educational services, effective immediately.
In her new role, Auris – who previously served as director of student services (merged divisions) with the Chester County Intermediate Unit – will be responsible for expanding Devereux’s educational-based products and services across the nonprofit’s national network. Specifically, she will oversee the development and implementation of the organization’s education strategy, and will manage Devereux’s internal education programs, which includes setting all standards and requirements for the nonprofit’s schools, educators and support staff.
“Jacalyn is an accomplished leader and educator, and we are delighted she has joined the Devereux team,” said Yolanda Graham, M.D., Devereux senior vice president and chief clinical/medical officer. “With her proven track record of ensuring student, staff and organizational success, I am confident Jacalyn will be an asset to our leadership team as we work to expand school-based services to benefit the youth we serve and support every day.”
In 2019, Devereux launched an expansion of its historic education division to enhance the provision of specialized education services across the nonprofit’s geographic footprint and beyond. The expansion is focused on 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. This effort is part of Devereux’s organizational redesign initiative which, since its launch in 2018, has helped the organization evolve by strengthening business processes and reinforcing program quality for the individuals and families in its care, along with its more than 7,500 staff.
About Jacalyn Auris, Ed.D.
As Devereux’s Vice President of Educational Services, Jacalyn Auris, Ed.D., brings more than 25 years of special education experience to this new position.
Prior to joining Devereux, Auris spent 28 years at the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU), most recently as director of student services (merged divisions), where she provided leadership for the merger of multiple educational divisions and all specialized educational services. During her tenure, she designed and implemented a successful reorganization plan, and provided leadership for special education, alternative education, related services, nonpublic education, family-based services, behavioral health services, partial hospitalization, community-based instruction and federal grant programs. Before this, Auris held roles of increasing responsibility at CCIU, including director of student services (single division); supervisor of special education; assistant principal at the CCIU’s Child and Career Development Center; professional mentor; and teacher. She also served as an adjunct professor at Chestnut Hill College from 2006 to 2010.
Auris earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from West Chester University; a Master of Education from Chestnut Hill College; and a Doctor of Education from Immaculata College. She has received several awards, including the CCIU Outstanding Service Award; Annie Sullivan Award; Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units’ Gary L. Miller Distinguished Service Award; Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Award of Appreciation; and the National Association of Counties Employment and Training Award. In addition, Auris has served as a member of numerous community groups and associations, including the Pennsylvania School Boards Association; the Council for Exceptional Children; the Pennsylvania Association of School Administration; the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units’ (PAIU) Public Policy Committee and Statewide Lead for New Preschool Funding Models: the CCIU Policy Committee; and West Chester University’s Special Education Program Advisory Committee.
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, education 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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