A local faith-based social services nonprofit selected a new leader to oversee the organization’s substance use disorder treatment programs for adolescents and adults.
Kentwood-based Wedgwood Christian Services said it named Chris Rivera director of its substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services.
“Chris is an outstanding clinician with a passion to serve adolescents and adults in their recovery,” said Dan Gowdy, president and CEO of Wedgwood. “We are excited to see Wedgwood’s SUD treatment services develop under his leadership as the need for a fresh, engaging approach to treatment is essential to meet the growing demand for substance use treatment in our community.”
In his new role, Rivera will provide leadership for Wedgwood’s community SUD services, developing and maintaining strategic partnerships, identifying local, state and national trends that impact behavioral health, and strategizing Wedgwood’s response to community needs.
Rivera has long worked in the mental and behavioral health field, including roles at Wedgwood Christian Services, Cherry Street Health Services and Northern Michigan Reintegration Services.
“Wedgwood has been the bedrock of my professional career, and I feel humbled to serve the Wedgwood family and community once again,” he said. “From my first role in direct care all the way through becoming a residential therapist and now embarking on a leadership role, it’s surreal. I couldn’t have imagined a more fitting homecoming.”
Wedgwood’s SUD treatment services offer a comprehensive continuum of care for adolescents and adults in Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Osceola and Ottawa counties. Services include outreach programs, intensive outpatient, case management, recovery coaching, women and family specialty services, residential treatment for adolescents, and medication-assisted treatment for adults.
Founded in 1960, Wedgwood Christian Services works with youth and families dealing with issues such as sex trafficking, abuse, substance abuse, developmental delays and school expulsions.
Its main campus is in Kentwood, at 3300 36th St. SE, and the nonprofit provides counseling, community programs and residential care services.