Heritage Behavioral Health Center Announces New Executive Director | Local

DECAY – Heritage Behavioral Health Center has named Mary E. Garrison as President and CEO following the retirement of Candi Clevenger.

“I am humbled and honored to accept this new role as president and CEO of Heritage Behavioral Health Center,” Garrison said in a news release. “I am beyond excited to work with agency staff, community stakeholders and the people served by Heritage to advance treatment for all affected by mental illness and substance use.”

Garrison has worked in mental health services, policy, and advocacy for more than 25 years. She currently serves as a Delegate Assembly Representative for the National Association of Social Workers and is chair of the NASW Illinois Chapter Ethics Committee.

She is a past recipient of the NASW Illinois Social Worker of the Year Award and twice a recipient of the Cesar Chavez Social Justice Award.

Garrison is also a board member for several local organizations, including the Good Samaritan Inn, Webster Cantrell Youth Advocacy, and the Macon County Continuum of Care.

Clevenger started at Heritage in 1990 and has served as CEO since 2015.

“We have all come to appreciate and respect Candi’s dedication, leadership and contributions to the agency, staff and those we serve,” Heritage Board President Ruth Hibberd-Anderson said in the statement. “We wish him the best of luck in her retirement.”

Heritage has credited Clevenger with expanding the center’s facilities, creating new jobs, and acquiring federal funding for the center.

Contact Taylor Vidmar at (217) 421-6949. Follow her on Twitter: @taylorvidmar11.

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