Sam’s leadership is informed by his thirty years of experience managing, behavioral health, juvenile justice and human service agencies. He has developed and implemented wraparound programs for youth and family services, school-based behavioral health services, primary prevention family strengthening services, rehabilitation services, domestic violence treatment, homeless case management, crisis intervention, jail-based substance use treatment, and dual diagnosis services. Presently, he is the Clinical Director of Addiction Policy Forum, an organization dedicated to the millions of American affected by addiction every day.  Further, Sam continues to work in the areas of clinical assessment, consultation, treatment planning, training, and technical assistance.

Sam has extensive experience as a trainer and has designed and conducted workshops on trauma informed care, strengths-based family services, motivational interviewing, crisis intervention, human sex trafficking, multi-cultural awareness, burnout prevention, logical consequences, listening and counseling skills, values clarification, suicide prevention, group dynamics, assessment and treatment of domestic violence, habits of effective people, and employee motivation.

Early on, Sam studied the effects of coordinated community mental health as well as resources and stress associated with raising a child with a disability. His interest in behavioral health started at an early age because he grew up in a family that successfully managed disabilities for four generations.

Sam is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling and Personnel Services, a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Counseling from the University of Maryland at College Park.