Executive Director Joe Yancey says the "simple most compelling message" about clients served by Places for People is that they "desire the same things out of life that everyone does." As leader of the merged organization, Joe vows to "collectively create a system of care that is accessible, efficient, effective and accountable to those who are dependent on it being so."
With over 30 years’ experience in the mental health care field, Joe understands how critical it is for those in need to have access to quality mental and behavioral health care. He joined Community Alternatives in 2007 as Executive Director but began his professional career with PfP's Club. Joe was later named the first director of PfP’s West Pine Group Home, which opened in 1983 as the first psychiatric group home in the St. Louis area.
Following his first tenure at PfP, Joe’s career included 15 years of experience with the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH), serving as director of community-based services for the East and Southeast regions and interim deputy director for the division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Services.
He has emerged as a leader in the mental health community and served as lead adult policy coordinator for the Missouri Mental Health Transformation Initiative through the governor’s office. In addition, he chaired the Behavioral Health Advisory Board of the Eastern Region Behavioral Health Initiative, an effort that has transitioned into the newly formed Behavioral Health Network (BHN). Yancey currently serves as BHN's chairperson of the board of directors.
Dr. Gary Morse, Associate Executive Director of Places for People, finds the most rewarding part of his work with people with serious mental illness, who are often underserved and stigmatized, is seeing clients recover a sense of their joy and fulfillment in life.
Since 1981, Gary has served in the mental health care field providing behavioral health services, researching and developing best practices, administering programs, consulting, and training. In 1995, he founded the mental health care organization Community Alternatives after Missouri privatized outpatient mental health services. CA joined with Places for People in January 2011 to provide more clients with expanded services.
Gary’s extensive work in the field of mental health care includes the development of innovative and model programs for people who are homeless with mental health disorders, including outreach programs, assertive community treatment (ACT), and integrated dual disorders treatment (IDDT). His research and work also includes the development of programs for other underserved populations, including people with serious mental illness co-occurring with HIV/AIDS, and youths with behavioral disorders and criminal justice involvement, as well as burnout prevention for mental health staff. He has also worked as a federal investigator on a number of large grant projects, served as a national trainer for ACT projects, and authored more than 50 professional articles.
Places for People Chief Clinical Officer Virginia Selleck, Ph.D., has worked in the rehabilitation field for more than 30 years. Her wealth of experience includes direct service, program development and implementation, funding, legislation, and policy work.
Prior to starting at PfP in July 2012, Dr. Selleck spent 5½ years as the Director of the Office of Transformation and Clinical Director for the Comprehensive Psychiatric Services Division of the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Previously, she was a supervisor in the Adult Mental Health Division of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, working on policy and technical assistance, mental health grants management, and diverse liaison services. Prior to moving to Minnesota in 1992, Dr. Selleck worked at Thresholds Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center in Chicago, IL, where she worked in all facets of the program, as well as supervising the Center's federally funded Research and Training Institute. Her early career was spent in Southern Illinois as a “circuit riding” community mental health counselor with the Egyptian Public and Mental Health Department.
Selleck has extensive speaking, training, and consulting experience in a number of states about various issues germane to psychiatric rehabilitation and systems change. She earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, and a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the Rehabilitation Institute at Southern Illinois University.
Clinical Director of Special Projects Barbara Zawier, MSW, LCSW oversees most clinical service delivery and quality assurance activities at Places for People. She helps develop, update, and monitor standard operating procedures, crisis intervention services, staff development, and training.
Barb is a graduate of State University College of New York at Buffalo where she received her Bachelor’s of Social Work in 1982. She received her Master’s of Social Work from Washington University, George Warren Brown School of Social Work in 1984.
Before Places for People, Barb provided clinical services management and helped with the creation of Community Alternatives from November 1995 until the merger was complete in 2011.
Scott Bayliff, the Clinical Director - CPRC for Places for People has been in the mental health field since 1985. Scott is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in psychology in 1983. He received his Master’s of Science in Education from Eastern Illinois University in 1984, where his field of study was Guidance and Counseling.
In 1998, Scott accepted the clinical leadership position at Places for People and was responsible for the supervision and management of clinical and support staff for ultimately six community support teams, a psychosocial rehabilitation center (the Club), and a psychiatric group home.
During his tenure, the agency grew to include an innovative apartment building project called CJ’s Place that utilizes much of what Scott learned in his previous housing efforts, specifically, how to support clients with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders to live independently.
If you would like to learn more about Places for People's intake services, please call our Welcome Center at (314) 615-2111.Individuals seeking services at Places for People do not need an appointment. The Places for People Welcome Center, 4130 Lindell Blvd, 63108, has walk-in hours Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. All walk-ins will meet with an intake clinician for screening, information about PfP services, and/or community resources.
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