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Former Deputy Director of White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Visits Penn Foundation

A. Thomas McLellan, PhD, Former Deputy Director of White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, was the guest speaker at the Penn Foundation Board of Director’s Retreat on March 8th. Prior to the retreat, Dr. McLellan met with Penn Foundation President & CEO Wayne Mugrauer and the agency’s executive team. He also toured Penn Foundation’s new mental health outpatient facility -the Dr. Norman L. and Esther B. Loux Healthcare Center - and the agency’s drug and alcohol treatment facility - the John W. and Emily Clemens Recovery Center.

“I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Penn Foundation facilities, staff, and the sophistication of service integration,” says Dr. McLellan. “The facilities were similar to the Betty Ford Center, and the community integration efforts surpass those of most programs I have visited. Congratulations to Penn Foundation for helping to lead the way.”

“Since its founding, Penn Foundation has often hosted leading experts in psychiatry and healthcare, and we were honored to continue that tradition with Dr. McLellan’s visit,” says Margaret Zook, Chair, Penn Foundation’s Board of Directors. “In addition to his more than 35 years of experience in addiction treatment research, Dr. McLellan possesses extensive knowledge of clinical practices and policy-making. His informative, thought-provoking presentation was very timely as the Board thinks strategically about Penn Foundation’s future.”

Dr. McLellan currently serves as the CEO of the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia, an independent, non-profit organization that he co-founded in 1992 to translate research into improved policies and programs that address the devastating effects of substance abuse on families, schools, businesses, criminal justice, and healthcare.

Dr. McLellan served as Deputy Director from 2009-2010, a Congressionally confirmed Presidential appointment to help shape the nation’s public policy approach to illicit drug use. While in this position, Dr. McLellan worked on a broad range of drug issues, including formulation and implementation of the President’s National Drug Control Strategy and promotion of drug treatment through reform of the national healthcare system.

Founded in 1955 and located on a 30-acre campus in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, Penn Foundation is a not-for-profit organization providing innovative services to address the mental health, substance use, and intellectual disability needs of individuals in our community. The agency serves over 10,000 children, adolescents, and adults each year, offering a wide-range of distinct programs designed to meet various types and levels of mental, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual healthcare needs. Penn Foundation’s tradition of compassionate care combined with a strong belief in the healing power of hope and the possibility of recovery enables it to help individuals navigate their lives with confidence, conviction, and courage.

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