The Board of the PA Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition is pleased to announce the appointment of Deborah Allen as the new Executive Director of the organization. Ms. Allen graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a BS in Rehabilitation Services. During her last semester at ESU, she was selected to participate in The Harrisburg Internship Semester in the Department of Public Welfare’s Bureau of Policy and Program Support. After graduation she was accepted into an accelerated Master’s Program at Mississippi State University’s National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision where she completed the certificate program for Vision Specialists in Vocational Rehabilitation. As part of this program, she participated in an internship, and selected the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, Mass. She then obtained her MSW at Temple University with a concentration in Administration.
Most recently Ms. Allen worked at Keystone Autism Services as their Children’s Division Director, in which she oversaw four programs including Early Intervention, Family Based Mental Health Services, BHRS, and High Fidelity Wraparound Services. This position included expanding developmental programs, licensing standards, operational directives, human resources, compliance, regulations, ensuring quality services, and fiscal management. She supervised over 80 staff.
She held the position of Behavioral Health Membership Specialist/Associate Director at PCCYFS. Responsibilities included organizing and supporting public education and advocacy efforts among member agencies, represented member agencies’ positions with relevant State Offices, County Departments of Human Services/Children and Youth/JPO Offices and managed care organizations as well as provided leadership for the implementation of policies and protocols, acted as spokesperson of the Council and advocated on behalf of the membership in public forums. Also, participated in annual and strategic planning process.
She also worked at the Capitol Area Behavioral Health Collaborative as their Clinical Director where she supervised five staff members and ensured quality assurance policies, developed and monitored systems to ensure compliance with program standards, developed treatment consultation protocols, developed and implemented annual plans, developed annual reports, and established and monitored treatment access trends. This position also involved monitoring member complaints and grievances, and ensured “best practice” and case consultation.
Previous to that position, Deborah worked for the Commonwealth of PA at the Department of Public Welfare, Office of Developmental Programs and Department of State) for 10 years working with various state and county committees, advisory groups, taskforces, and workgroups. She has experience in conducting individual and group therapy, the drug and alcohol community, behavioral health services, intellectual disabilities, and has volunteered at adult day cares and assisted living centers.
She resides in Perry County with her husband and two children and enjoys boating, traveling, playing softball, golfing, and spending time with her mother who resides in Florida.
Ms. Allen will assume her new role as Executive Director on Monday, November 23. Her email address will be firstname.lastname@example.org.