David Hegarty joined Hope For Youth in 1982 and was appointed Executive Director in 1989. At the time of his appointment, Hope For Youth operated four group homes serving adolescent males with 28 staff and an operating budget of $750,000. Under his leadership, Hope For Youth has grown into a diverse, regional provider of residential care, foster care, preventive and out-patient programs. With over 140 staff and an operating budget of $10,500,000, Hope For Youth has developed a reputation for providing innovative, integrated services for troubled youth and families.
Dr. Hegarty holds a Ph.D. in Community Psychology and is a New York State Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. He has served as a member or officer of the boards of directors of the New York State Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies and the Long Island Health and Welfare Council. In 2002 Dr. Hegarty was appointed by Suffolk County Executive Robert Gaffney to the county’s Substance Abuse Advisory Board. Given the scope of services which Hope For Youth provides to children, youth and families, he has been an invited to make presentations at various professional conferences on topics relating to child welfare, substance abuse and juvenile justice such as: Speaking Truth to Power: Advocacy Skills for Social Workers, Presentation with NYS Assemblyman Paul Harrenberg; Juvenile Justice Services and Substance Abuse Treatment: Integrating Services Across Systems, Presentation at the NYS Association of Substance Abuse Providers; Hiring The Best: Presentation at the Christian Child and Family Services Association; Collaboration- In The Best Interests of the Family: Panel Presentation, New York State Association of Substance Abuse Providers Conference; Troubled Youth Becoming Youth in Trouble: Panel Presentation, National Community Sentencing Association; Reducing Risk: Working with Juvenile Justice Involved Youth, Panel Presentation, NYS Association of Substance Abuse Providers Conference.
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