Freedom Institute Reaches In House and Names Rachel Russell as Chief Clinical Officer

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Freedom Institute, New York City’s premier outpatient center for substance abuse treatment and prevention, is pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel Russell, MA to Chief Clinical Officer

Rachel Russell Named Chief Clinical Officer

Rachel Russell Named Chief Clinical Officer

Rachel has worked with youth and families throughout her career... [she] is the right choice to help lead our clinical staff as Freedom Institute expands and focuses more on adolescent counseling and family

Freedom Institute announced today the appointment of Rachel Russell as its Chief Clinical Officer. In this role, Ms. Russell will be responsible for supervising Freedom Institute’s clinical team, overseeing the client service process, developing and integrating new programs and modalities, building relationships with other treatment centers, staff development and compliance. Working closely with Freedom Institute’s leadership team and senior counselors, Ms. Russell will support the ongoing integration of family work into chemical dependency treatment, which is at the core of Freedom Institute's philosophy. She also will work with the clinical team to further build Freedom Institute’s adolescent and school programs, helping to expand Freedom Institute and its programs overall.

Ms. Russell takes over the role from Michael Noth, who has been Freedom Institute’s Clinical Director since 2007. Mr. Noth will remain as a Senior Counselor with Freedom Institute, working side by side with Ms. Russell to effect a smooth transition while devoting more time to building his private practice.

“Rachel’s reputation in the Freedom Institute community and in the field in general is stellar,” said Bob Miller, chairman of the board of Freedom Institute. “She has worked with youth and families throughout her career and brings to this role a combined skill set of operations, development and clinical work. She is the right choice to help lead our clinical staff as Freedom Institute expands and focuses more on adolescent counseling and family treatment.”

“I have always been proud of Freedom Institute’s exceptional work, and welcome the opportunity to lead such a dynamic, dedicated and talented team of clinicians,” said Ms. Russell. “Having taken time away from counseling work to learn more about operations, I am excited to return to the clinical side and aim to bring a holistic approach to this new role. I look forward to helping Freedom Institute grow and expand its critical work.”

Ms. Russell joined Freedom Institute in June 2007 to work alongside its executive director implementing a development and operational infrastructure to better support Freedom Institute’s clinical practice. In this role, Rachel collaborated closely with the clinical team, providing superior client service and support of clinical staff on all client work. Rachel was appointed a member of Freedom Institute’s leadership team in 2010, and has been highly involved in supporting new initiatives. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and has worked in social services for nearly 20 years, primarily as a youth and family counselor and program manager in underserved communities.

About Freedom Institute
Founded in 1976, Freedom Institute, a New York City based nonprofit, is a resource for individuals and families in crisis coping with the effects of addiction, and contributing factors such as anxiety and depression. A leader in the field, Freedom Institute is one of the only outpatient treatment facilities in the country to offer Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP) combined with a family systems approach to addiction and substance abuse treatment. Freedom Institute’s highly trained clinicians provide a comprehensive approach to treatment to ensure that all individuals and their family members receive the support they need to heal and achieve fulfilling lives free from the shadow of addiction.

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