David Calandra to Oversee Central Valley and Central Coast Regions
April 25, 2012 – (Fresno, Calif.) -- Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS) announced today that David Calandra, LMFT, has been named vice president. Calandra will join the agency’s leadership team in assuring the delivery of innovative, cost-effective services for individuals and families living with behavioral health problems. In his new position, he will be responsible for the oversight of all programs operated by MHS in California’s Central Valley and Central Coast regions, and will work with community partners to address the unique service needs of area residents.
“We are pleased to have someone with David’s background in the role of vice President in the Central Valley,” said Kimberly Bond, President and CEO of Mental Health Systems. “His sincere dedication to the region and true commitment to the clients we serve is a great asset to both our organization and the community.”
Calandra brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his role, having most recently served as Program Manager for MHS’s Therapeutic Behavioral Services program in Fresno. A licensed marriage and family therapist, he has served in numerous clinical and administrative roles over the course of his career. In addition to operating a private practice, Calandra was regional manager for programs providing services to individuals and families impacted by substance abuse, mental health and criminal justice issues.
A native of the region, Calandra has strong roots in Fresno. His grandfather moved to the area in 1906 and operated a popular soda bottling company in Fresno until 1978. Calandra’s wife of more than 40 years, Linda Calandra, is also an active member of the community.
Mental Health Systems is a non-profit agency founded in 1978 to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities facing substance abuse and behavioral health challenges. MHS operates eight community-based programs in Fresno; serving over 300 clients each day including at the agency’s Fresno-based Hacienda Campus. MHS redeveloped the abandoned Hacienda which now offers residential treatment and housing services for women and their children, supportive transitional housing for women, and outpatient substance abuse and mental health programs.
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