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Mar 2, 2018
by: Meghan Hosmer
Scott S. Osiecki Named CEO of the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County
The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County is proud to announce that the Board of Directors unanimously chose Scott S. Osiecki to serve as the Chief Executive Officer effective March 1, 2018.

Eugenia Kirkland, the ADAMHS Board Chair stated: “Mr. Osiecki is highly regarded and trusted in the community at large for his devotion to behavioral health, and he has demonstrated that he possesses the leadership skills, administrative qualities and passion to lead the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County into the future.”

Mr. Osiecki has been employed with the Board for nearly 24 years and previously served as the Chief of External Affairs for the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County. He has been the Acting CEO since Ms. Valeria A. Harper’s untimely passing in January of this year.

“This is a critical time for positive change in the mental health and addiction communities,” said Scott Osiecki. “As a community we are coordinating advocacy efforts, addressing the opioid crisis head on and providing a continuum of care for our clients living with mental illness and addictions. We will continue working together to end stigma, and provide holistic services and prevention education to residents because we know that treatment works and people recover!”

Mr. Osiecki outlined his goals:
• Focus on the needs of clients and families and evaluate any gaps in services/programs.
• Lead a collaborative, coordinated, recovery-oriented system of care with community-based services.
• Utilize all available resources to meet the Board’s fullest potential in planning, funding, oversight, advocacy, and community relations.
• Renew and strengthen the relationship of Board Members and Board staff with local, state and federal legislators and meet regularly with grassroots community leaders and organizations.
• Develop system-wide policy to provide 24-hour access to crisis, treatment and recovery services that are responsive to the needs of clients.
• Expand programs and awareness campaigns that target prevention, early intervention, reduce stigma and offer referral to services.
• Utilize peer recovery coaches to ensure that care coordination and post-treatment recovery support services remain consistent.
• Explore opportunities for additional funding sources, advocate for passage of supporting levies, increase grant funding applications, and forge community and corporate relationships.

As Chief of External Affairs, Mr. Osiecki was responsible for public and media relations, governmental affairs, education/training and clients’ rights. He has a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Cleveland State University and is a graduate of the 2004 Cleveland State University Leadership Academy – Class XIII. He has since served in various leadership roles on the Academy’s Board and was the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Community/Non-profit Leader Award. Scott also received the National Association of Government Communicators Blue Pencil Award and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Excellence in Community Communications and Outreach (ECCO) Award.

The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County is responsible for the planning, funding and monitoring of public mental health and addiction treatment and recovery services delivered to the residents of Cuyahoga County.

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