Holistic outlook Lewandowski’s approach in new ADAMHS role PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 27 April 2013 08:38
Lorrie Lewandowski poses outside the Wood County ADAMHS building. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Lorrie Lewandowski has a long-standing interest in the big picture and finding holistic approaches to prevention and treatment for those in need.
She will carry those values with her in her new job as associate director of the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board.
"Years ago I worked with the adolescent and adult psychiatric population in several of the local hospitals. It was then I became interested in the big picture and finding holistic approaches to prevention treatment and recovery that focused on empowerment of the individual, increasing social supports and strengthening the system of care," Lewandowski said.
Lewandowski has worked in both prevention and treatment during her career, which included positions as a mental health professional, clinical and chemical dependency therapist, prevention specialist for Catholic Social Services in Monroe, Mich., and associate director of Wood County Prevention Partners.
Most recently, for the last 10 years, she was the coordinator/supervisor of the School and Community-Based Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention Program for the Wood County Educational Service Center. She is a licensed social worker, certified prevention specialist and chemical dependency counselor.
Tom Clemons, executive director of the ADAMHS Board, said 22 applications were received for the position, but Lewandowski stood out based on her leadership skills, team player mentality and work ethic.
"She has extensive grant writing experience and, working with others at the Wood County Educational Service Center, has helped to bring over $8 million for the county services," Clemons said.
"Ms. Lewandowski took over a school-based substance abuse prevention program in decline eight years ago and with less funding turned it into one of the top 25 prevention programs in the country, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Her leadership was responsible for the creation of several prevention coalitions locally," he said.
As associate director, Lewandowski will work with providers to support and strengthen the infrastructure of Wood County's behavioral health care system and to help SClB"build a strong safety net for people in this community.
"It is a really collaborative community. There are such great resources with the people, organizations, treatment providers, local police and schools," she said.
Lewandowski said the position with the ADAMHS Board was both the next logical step in her career and a challenge.
"This job is a good fit for me allowing me opportunities to make a difference in the lives of those struggling with mental illness and addiction as well as an opportunity to find creative ways to support the treatment providers and the system of care in Wood County as they work with clients."

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