MCCA Announces New President and CEO

MCCA Board of Directors Appoints John D’Eramo to Lead MCCA

Mr. D’Eramo, a seasoned behavioral health executive, brings close to 20 years of executive management experience to the position driving integration, increasing revenue and overseeing the implementation of health information technology.

Danbury, CT, September 1, 2016 – Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism (MCCA) announced that John D’Eramo has been selected as the new President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. D’Eramo will take the helm on September 19, replacing Joseph Sullivan, who announced his retirement after 34 years of service as President and CEO.

A search committee comprised of MCCA Board of Directors made the announcement after a comprehensive search spanning several months for a candidate they believed met MCCA’s vision for the future of substance abuse treatment. “John’s plan is to build on the outstanding work that his predecessor, Joe Sullivan has accomplished,” said William Suess, MCCA Board Chairman. “He has a very clear understanding of today’s complex and rapidly changing environment for substance abuse and mental health providers in Connecticut.”

Mr. D’Eramo, who served as Chief Operating Officer of Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH), for the past five years, brings an impressive track record of success, vision and business acumen to MCCA. As the senior hospital administrator, he was responsible for the operations of a 614-bed behavioral health facility with three divisions – Addiction Services, Forensic Services, and General Psychiatry Services.

While at CVH, Mr. D’Eramo was responsible for promotion of recovery-based services that support customer satisfaction and organizational excellence, and ensured that all services exceeded the standards for the Joint Commission and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Additionally, he transformed the Addiction Services Division to meet the needs of anyone in the community with comprehensive treatment services.

Mr. D’Eramo is a Registered Nurse, holding a Bachelor of Science from Sacred Heart University and a Master of Health Care Administration from Western Connecticut State University. In 2008, he received the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Distinguished Managerial Service Award and was also named as one of three State of Connecticut Distinguished Managers.

Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. D’Eramo was the Director of Hospital and Nursing Services at the Southwest Connecticut Mental Health System (SWCMHS). During his time at SWCMHS, Mr. D’Eramo initiated innovative changes, including the implementation of the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment inpatient unit. As MCCA continues to strengthen its position as a leading, innovative substance abuse provider and a valuable resource to the communities it serves, Mr. D’Eramo’s experience and track record are both timely and essential.

“I will be developing and maintaining a business model that produces exceptional mission impact and sustained financial health for MCCA,” he said. “We must clearly communicate to our community partners our results through data, including financial, clinical, client and staff satisfaction to ensure that we are a strong and healthy business partner.” In addition to his day-to-day administrative role at MCCA, Mr. D’Eramo will empower the organization to create new and innovative programs, strengthen strategic partnerships, promote collaboration with key stakeholders and oversee the continued integration of substance abuse treatment.

Joe Sullivan, MCCA’s outgoing CEO, will be continuing with the organization in a consultative capacity to help ensure a very smooth transition. He is impressed with Mr. D’Eramo’s qualifications and experience. Sullivan said, “John is well positioned to lead MCCA forward in a challenging fiscal climate and a rapidly changing service delivery environment.”

About MCCA

MCCA is the primary provider of substance abuse prevention, evaluation and treatment services in western Connecticut, operating six outpatient clinics and three residential treatment centers. We believe that alcoholism, drug addiction, problem gambling and co-occurring disorders are treatable illnesses and that those affected – including other family members – can recover.

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