Joel Kaufman |
Nonprofit veteran Dr. Joel Kaufman took the helm of The Starting Place, Inc. as chief executive officer to further the organization’s mission to improve lives through education, treatment and support services related to substance abuse, mental health and co-occurring disorders. The agency provides therapeutic prevention, intervention programs, and rehabilitative and educational counseling for adolescents and their families in Broward County.
Dr. Kaufman is an experienced psychologist and administrator with more than 30 years of experience in the mental health and substance use/abuse fields. Having worked in the public and private sectors, his primary interest and expertise is in the area of addictions and recovery.
“With his strong background in the mental health and substance abuse professions, Dr. Kaufman is a perfect fit for The Starting Place,” said Neal McGarry, Starting Place Board Chair. “We look forward to strengthening our mission of serving Broward county’s most vulnerable citizens under his adept leadership.”
Dr. Kaufman comes to The Starting Place from the United Way of Broward County where he served for the past three years as vice president and executive director of United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse, a drug free coalition. In this position, he provided leadership, vision and focus, and developed of strategies to assure an integrated approach to organizing and overseeing all aspects of the organization, with a major emphasis on community building.
Dr. Kaufman is a graduate of University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology and also a graduate of University of Iowa with a Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel.
He was recently appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to Florida's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Implementation and Oversight Task Force. He is Chair of Dept. of Children and Families Behavioral Health committee in Broward County. He also serves on the Broward Department of Juvenile Justice board, Juvenile Assessment Center Advisory Board and statewide committees such as the State Methamphetamine task force, State Epidemiology workgroup, and the Florida Substance Abuse Prevention Advisory committee.
His professional presentations include such subjects as post traumatic stress disorder, sexual addiction, relationship addiction and intimacy issues, treatment planning and progress notation, clinical evaluation of behavioral health services, health consequences of substance abuse, signs and symptoms of substance abuse, prevention of substance use/abuse, etc.
Chrysalis Health Strengthens Starting Place
The Starting Place is excited to announce it has entered into an agreement with Chrysalis Health to provide administrative management and clinical oversight. While the longstanding mission and vision of the Starting Place will continue, the relationship with Chrysalis Health will serve to strengthen our reach and impact into the community.
Over the past 43 years, The Starting Place has developed a rich tradition as one of the leading providers of substance abuse and mental health services in the community. We have helped generations of our neighbors through some of their most difficult moments resulting in meaningful and productive lives. Our commitment to our community and those we serve will continue to be steadfast and resolute.
Today, the landscape of health care is changing rapidly around us. Agencies are reinventing themselves to meet the growing challenges of providing efficient, cost effective services while maintaining the quality care consumers have grown to expect. The Starting Place envisions the Chrysalis Health partnership as an opportunity to expand and strengthen our reach, while streamlining costs and processes and implementing administrative and management efficiencies. Working together will provide both agencies with access to a larger continuum of services, enhanced resources, shared expertise and more diversified funding to better serve clients. While Chrysalis Health will support the administrative management and clinical oversight of the agency, our leadership will remain intact with our current CEO and Board of Directors.
The Starting Place looks forward to building on our long tradition of providing our community with reliable, quality substance abuse and mental health services. We welcome Chrysalis Health with the confidence of a stronger, better tomorrow.