Andrea L. Brooks, MSW, LSW
Special Coordinator to the Commissioner for Strategic Priorities
Andrea Brooks worked as a program manager for two Philadelphia based nonprofit organizations, managing more than five permanent supportive housing (PSH) programs for chronically homeless individuals with mental health and/or substance use challenges, including the program development and grand opening of Connelly House in 2010. In addition to her years of PSH experience, Andrea’s professional experience includes live-in overnight support for a residential mental health program, hospital social work, senior services, and outpatient counseling.
Andrea joined DBHIDS in 2013 as a Clinical Care Manager on the Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) Line at CBH. After transferring to the Community Support Services (CSS) Team in 2014, she became involved in special projects, such as the development of the Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (MPRS) Performance Standards, advancing MPRS and PSH Trainings, etc. Andrea received an ACE Award from DBHIDS in January 2015 for her leadership with Recovery Walks! In May 2015, Andrea transitioned to Manager of the Provider Development and Transformation Initiatives (PDTI) unit, which collectively orchestrated the Transformation Decade Celebrations and numerous cross-systems initiatives.
Andrea made a life-long commitment to helping the most vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals through community service. Andrea served as keynote speaker at the annual volunteer luncheon for the AIDS Coalition and was honored with the President’s Award for outstanding volunteerism. Andrea founded a non-profit organization in 2009, which has provided impactful, yet flexible opportunities for altruistic adults to volunteer in the community. Andrea serves as a board member and volunteer for several non-profit organizations in Camden, NJ.
Andrea is a licensed social worker in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Rutgers University-Camden and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania.
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