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Odyssey House, Inc. Names New President and Charts Future Course

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It was announced on August 16 that Dr. Peter Provet was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Odyssey House, Inc.

Dr. Provet joins the 30-year-old New York City-based non-profit organization as it expands its services within the substance abuse, mental health, housing and health care fields.

“Dr. Provet’s rich knowledge of substance abuse treatment and mental health services makes him the ideal choice to lead Odyssey House into the new millennium,” said Odyssey House Chairperson Dana Meltzer.

“In addition to being a talented manager with high expectations and a fundamental belief in empowering staff, Dr. Provet appreciates the complexities facing the behavioral health care field today and has a clear vision of how to help society’s most vulnerable.”

A veteran clinician and administrator, Dr. Provet will lead Odyssey House after nine years as vice president and director of adolescent services at Phoenix House, where he was responsible for the treatment of drug-troubled teenagers in outpatient and residential settings.

“The exciting, ongoing challenge we face at Odyssey House is successfully adapting the self-help treatment methodology that was pioneered at Odyssey House three decades ago in a manner that meets the complex, changing needs of the populations we treat,” Dr. Provet noted.

With an annual operating budget of $15 million and 230 employees, Odyssey House is headquartered in downtown Manhattan and runs a broad array of residential programs in New York City. The agency, which currently treats nearly 700 men, women, teens and children, is undergoing significant growth.

Most recently, Odyssey House received $5.9 million to build and operate a 640unit housing complex in Manhattan, which will serve homeless individuals, as well as substance abusers with HIV/AIDS. In addition, a new group of 15 transitional apartments has been secured for the operation of a family reentry program. These apartments will be provided to families who have completed their stay at one of the Odyssey family residential programs and are preparing for successful reintegration into society.

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