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New chief operation officer named at ICL

October 11, 2013
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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The Institute of Community Living (ICL; New York, NY) has announced the promotion of Chris Copeland, LCSW to Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective immediately. 

Copeland brings to the position over 30 years of clinical and administrative healthcare experience both in the United States and England.  Prior to joining ICL, he lived in Maine where he took on progressively more responsible positions at the Tri-County Mental Health Services, before ultimately assuming the position of CEO.  At Tri-County, he led the agency through a time of serious financial stress. Copeland's expertise in combining the need for fiscal responsibility with clinical excellence, particularly when funding and resources are severely compromised served the agency well. He was also very active at the state level and was subsequently voted President of the Maine Association of Mental Health Services.

Copeland joined ICL in 2011 and served as the agency's Chief Program Officer (CPO) responsible for providing leadership and oversight support for all residential, clinical and homeless services programs. Most recently, Copeland held the position of Acting COO, as well as Chief Program Officer until his promotion.  He will continue to report to David Woodlock, ICL's President/CEO.

"I am eager to continue my work with the ICL Board of Directors, Executive Leadership Team and staff to ensure that the agency is prepared for the plethora of changes associated with managed care,” asserts Copeland.  “ICL has a rich and diverse history, one that is rooted in recovery and hope and I will endeavor to create opportunities for partnership and collaboration that serve our clients and their various supports well.”

"ICL is grateful to have Chris as part of its leadership team.  His commitment and innovative ideas helps ICL live out our motto that people can and do recover from developmental and emotional challenges and more and importantly, they Get Better With Us.” says ICL President and CEO David Woodlock.  “I look forward to collaborating with Chris in his new role to identify new approaches to advancing ICL’s mission, vision and values and reaffirming our dedication to the field.”