The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA) has announced the recent appointment of David Gerber and Steven Rabinowitz to its Board of Directors.
“We are pleased to welcome David and Steven to our Board of Directors, where their profound experience and expertise will support and guide our agency as we expand our new substance use recovery programs in White Plains,” said MHA Chief Executive Officer Charlotte Östman, LCSW-R. “As a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic, MHA promotes integrated care with the inclusion of services for substance use and co-occurring disorders, and we look forward to opening the doors to our new Article 32 clinic in White Plains, which will be licensed by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS). With David and Steven’s leadership, we look forward to continuing to provide comprehensive and person-centered care and further advance our commitment to substance use recovery options in the community.”
The Founder and CEO of Sober at Home, Inc., an online platform dedicated to helping those struggling with substance use disorder, David Gerber has been in the field of substance use disorder treatment for over 30 years and has directed addiction treatment programs at nearly every level of care. Prior to creating and launching Sober at Home, Inc., Gerber was the CEO and Chief Clinical Officer at the Resource Recovery Center of Orange County. Gerber is also the Founder and Principal of Hudson Valley Interventions and serves as an Adjunct Professor at Pace University, teaching in the Graduate Psychology department for over 20 years. “I am honored to be a part of the mission of the MHA through serving on the Board of Directors, as we continue to expand our reach to all individuals and families in need,” said Gerber. “I look forward to working to make certain MHA is always there to answer the call for those at risk and in need of help and support.”
Steven Rabinowitz had 30 years of service with OASAS, where he was heavily involved in initiatives for development and implementation of Medication Assisted Treatment, integration of peer services, and community mobilization efforts to address the opioid epidemic. After he retired at the end of 2016, he began consulting work with addiction service providers in areas such as certification and regulatory compliance. Most recently, he has worked with several agencies on the integration of addiction and mental health services, including those funded and designated by SAMHSA as CCBHCs as well as applications to NY State for Integrated Outpatient Services (IOS). “Co-Occurring Disorders have been around forever, but the people who need help are often bounced from one system to another, with many falling through the cracks. It’s heartening to see MHA’s deep commitment to integrated care and all that they’ve done as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic,” said Rabinowitz, “An agency like MHA is very well poised to address such challenges while creating innovative solutions, and I am proud to join the Board of Directors and contribute to their work.”