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THE PREEMINENT MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER TREATMENT PROGRAMS FOR ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS

LAUREN SPRINGER, LMSW

Director of Family Relations

We know that mental health and substance use disorders are diseases which affects the entire family.  As the Family Liaison for Turnbridge families, Lauren offers support, caring guidance and education to parents and families as they negotiate the pathway to their own recovery.   She believes that parents having their own recovery program is not only essential to their own health and well-being, but in turn aids in their sons’ or daughters’ recovery.

Much of the insight Lauren brings to the position of Family Liaison is from her personal experience as the mother of a son who has the disease of addiction.  Lauren believes that much of her strength comes from involvement in recovery programs as well as in helping other parents build a program of recovery to find peace and serenity in their own lives.  Lauren is a Licensed Master of Social Work.  She earned her Masters Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in adolescent health care.  She has worked with adolescents and their families throughout her career in hospital setting, child protection, judicial system, special education and social service development in NJ.  Lauren currently facilitates a Caron Foundation support group for parents of addicted children in Northern NJ.

Sam Cohen, CAC RCP

Director of Adolescent Extended Care

Sam Cohen has been with Turnbridge in various roles over the last 8 years. He has served our clientele and staff as a Case Manager, Admissions Coordinator, and most recently as head of our Professional Development department. He brings a passion and unique drive for serving others as a man with 12+ years of experience in the behavioral health field. Sam is DARC and CAC certified as well as an RCP facilitator for over 60 hours of class training. He is also a Mental Health First Aid instructor and has trained countless staff members in multiple competencies over the last 3 years.

There was a time in Sam’s life, due to his own mental health and SUD struggles, that he could not envision himself being a “happy” adult. As a married man with 3 sons, a loving family, and strong friendships, he has found that fulfillment. Sam is able to articulate that 15-year journey in a way that helps young people break down their own barriers. As Director of our Adolescent Extended Care Program, he has assembled a team equipped to give the gift of recovery to our clients and their families.

Tracey Howard

Case Manager

Tracey Howard is an Adolescent Case Manager within the Adolescent Extended Care program at Turnbridge. She specializes in supporting adolescents aged 16-17 who struggle with mental health issues. Tracey received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Western Connecticut State University. Tracey’s passion for supporting individuals struggling with addiction is driven by her own journey in recovery. Her compassion and dedication to individuals’ needs are an example of the quality care and personalized services she offers to each client. In her free time, Tracey enjoys hiking, travel, and spending time with her cat, Bella.

Abigail Horowitz, MSW

Senior Academic Advisor

Abigail Horowitz completed her Master in Social Work degree at Springfield College in 2022. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree(s) in Psychology, Spanish, and Youth Services from University of Saint Joseph. A certified school social worker in Connecticut, she has also participated in ADHD and academic coach training. 

Prior to Turnbridge, she was a Residential Supervisor at a sub-acute psychiatric facility for children ages 6 to 13 and a Supervisor at an Extended Day Treatment Program. She has spent time abroad, volunteering with the elderly and youth in Central and South America and a semester studying abroad in Ecuador. Additionally, she was paramount in facilitating youth programs at a local YMCA and a key player in coordinating the YMCA College Tour in the mid-west and south for students for a number of years. She is passionate about mental health and education, which led her to her current position as the Senior Academic Advisor here at Turnbridge. 

Matt Krause

Academic Advisor

Matt Krause is an Academic Advisor and is a certified English teacher for grades 7-12. He has experience teaching in the Hamden, New Haven, and Bridgeport school systems, and is passionate about supporting students from all backgrounds, especially those who struggle with reading and writing.  He has a Bachelor’s in English from the University of South Florida and a Master’s in Secondary Education from Quinnipiac University. He has extensive experience creating and implementing curricula for ELA courses that align with the Common Core standards, including: English, Creative Writing, Poetry, Memoir Writing, and Screenwriting. He is proficient in reading intervention strategies and differentiation to accommodate all learning  styles. 

Matt believes it is crucial to lift every voice and create inclusive spaces. He has worked closely with LGBTQIA+ students, students of color, students struggling with their mental health/addiction, and special education students. He encourages all young people to be life-long learners and to step outside of their comfort zone.

In his spare time, Matt enjoys reading, seeing live music, hiking, and traveling.

Burgess Young

Burges Young completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Spanish at Michigan State University. He is currently working on his Master of Business Administration. Before working at Turnbridge, he worked as a High School Spanish teacher in the local New Haven School District.

Burgess Young is a Turnbridge graduate himself. During his time here, he worked closely with the Academics team.  Being in Recovery, he is keen on acknowledging the hardship that comes with academic re-engagement and helping clients through those difficulties.  He has a passion for helping others achieve success, not only in academics but in all facets of life.

In addition to this, he dedicates a large portion of his free time to physical health.  He is an avid believer that both physical health and learning are fundamental parts of the Recovery process.

BILL SIMMONS, CAC

Vice President of Operations

Bill has over 15 years of professional experience in the field of mental healthcare, having made significant contributions as a direct-care clinician and administrator in multiple settings and levels of care. Bill is both nationally and internationally credentialed as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor and is a certified BLS & CPR trainer through the American Heart Association. Additionally, Bill’s personal experience in long-term recovery adds to his ability to combine professional expertise with a unique passion and motivation. This has afforded Bill the opportunity to help others achieve their own sustained recovery with approaches that are evidence-based, while respecting the unique needs of the individual.

In Bill’s current role as Vice President of Operations, he provides visionary leadership ensuring that the logistical systems of staffing, safety, and administrative and procedural reporting are in place and functioning effectively. Bill’s creative leadership has contributed to the growth of the organization through increased operational efficiency. Bill has an energetic style that, combined with respectful and constructive communication, has allowed him to increase the retention, ability, and capacity of his staff, which has directly led to improved outcomes for clients.

GORDON DICKLER, CAC, ICADC

Vice President of Admissions

Gordon oversees the admissions department and helps families in crisis find help for their loved ones in need. As both a board certified counselor and a Turnbridge alumni, Gordon’s intimate understanding of Turnbridge’s powerful ability to help young people overcome behavioral health conditions is informed by both personal and professional experience. This perspective allows Gordon to relate deeply to these issues, and to explain at a foundational level the many aspects of Turnbridge’s Programs.

After receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University, Gordon realized a newfound desire to help others overcome mental health disorders. He subsequently completed a counseling certification program and in January of 2011 joined the team of professionals at Turnbridge, where he’s excelled in a variety of direct-care roles. In July of 2013, Turnbridge asked Gordon to apply his knowledge and insight to the work of Admissions, where he has the privilege of being among the first points of touch between families seeking help, and Turnbridge’s ability to give hope.  Today, Gordon leads a team of compassionate and knowledgeable admissions coordinators who on the front lines supporting families through the process of evaluating appropriate treatment solutions for their loved one.

In his free time, Gordon enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children and patronizing New Haven’s many exceptional restaurants.

BETH LEGACKI

Senior Director of Admissions

Beth is a certified interventionist with over 16 years of experience working in behavioral healthcare. She has dedicated her professional life to helping those who have been affected by mental health and substance use disorders. She is an energetic and passionate advocate for change who believes in the profound importance of early intervention.

As a person in long-term recovery, Beth relies heavily on her personal story to impart hope and inspire action in family members seeking support. Being on the front lines helping loved ones navigate the chaos of mental illness and addiction has been the most rewarding and challenging work of her life thus far. It has also cemented the gratitude she feels for the loved ones who fought for her many years ago when she was too sick to fight for herself.

Many moons ago, Beth attended Indiana University on a track and field/cross country running scholarship. She spent eight years working as a high-end real estate professional in New York City, where she collaborated with top marketing firms, architects and real-estate agencies.

Beth is an avid runner, a passionate dog-rescuer, and a loving wife and mother.