Andrea L. Brooks, MSW, LSW
Senior Special Advisor to the Commissioner
Andrea Brooks is Senior Special Advisor to the Commissioner. In this role, she provides direct support to the commissioner and serves as a gatekeeper, assisting with the flow of information to and from the commissioner. Brooks liaises with internal staff to provide strategic support to the department’s work in the areas of housing and homelessness, children’s services, the opioid epidemic, and justice-related services.
She also provides project management for cross-unit and cross-system working groups and initiatives, manages external requests for information, and creates systems and processes to streamline operations. Additionally, Brooks develops and maintains communication tools to keep stakeholders aware of recent data, accomplishments, and new initiatives. She was the lead writer of the Final Report of The Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Philadelphia, and she coordinates the implementation of the recommendations within the Department. She participates in The Philadelphia Resilience Project and serves as the liaison for the DBHIDS Advisory Board.
Brooks 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. In May 2015, Brooks transitioned to manager of the Provider Development and Transformation Initiatives (PDTI) unit, which collectively orchestrated the Transformation Decade Celebrations and numerous cross-systems initiatives.
Prior to coming to DBHIDS, 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, Brooks’ professional experience includes live-in overnight support for a residential mental health program, hospital social work, senior services, and outpatient counseling. Brooks made a life-long commitment to helping the most vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals through community service, and served as keynote speaker at the annual volunteer luncheon for the AIDS Coalition where she was honored with the President’s Award for outstanding volunteerism. She also founded a nonprofit organization in 2009, which has provided impactful yet flexible opportunities for altruistic adults to volunteer in the community.
Brooks is a licensed social worker in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and 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. Brooks received an ACE Award from DBHIDS in January 2015 for her leadership with Recovery Walks! and serves as a board member and volunteer for several nonprofit organizations in Camden, N.J.
- Leadership Team
- P.A.C.E. Strategic Framework
- Grants Opportunities
- DBHIDS Study Tours