Jeremy M. Yale Appointed Acting Administrator Of The Lackawanna-Susquehanna Behavioral Health, Intellectual Disabilities & Early Intervention Program

Jeremy M. Yale, 37, was appointed Acting Administrator of the Lackawanna-Susquehanna Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health, Intellectual Disabilities and Early Intervention Program today (January 10) by Lackawanna County Commissioners Jim Wansacz and Corey D. O’Brien.

“Human Services are one of the major priorities of our administration.  It is important to be able to provide top-flight programs and services to our residents,” said Commissioner Jim Wansacz.  “Jeremy’s knowledge of our programs, the provider agencies and the community will enable us to carry-out our mission.”

“We are very pleased to have such a capable individual as Jeremy Yale moving up to this position.  We look forward to working with him in his new capacity,” explained Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien.  “His work in the Human Services field makes him cognizant of what agencies need to serve their clients.  His innovative ideas and commitment to providing quality programs will be a great benefit to children, adults and families being supported by our Human Services community.”

Mr. Yale’s main focus will be to insure the delivery of quality, evidence-based services to clients from numerous community agencies within Lackawanna-Susquehanna Counties.

In his role as acting Administrator, Mr. Yale will be responsible for the overall oversight of the behavioral health office and its many programs and funding commitments.

He will work with area community providers and also will be involved with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.  Jeremy will have a key role in supporting the County’s efforts regarding the new Human Services Block Grant Program.

Mr. Yale has been Lackawanna-Susquehanna’s Assistant Administrator since September 2007.    He was responsible for oversight of program operations and implemented quality management initiatives such as communication and service access.  Additionally, he has worked with the local community to build service capacity to help those with Autism.

Previously, Jeremy worked for Keystone Community Resources for five years in a number of capacities.  He served as the agency’s Director of Clinical Services and also held the posts of Staff Development Coordinator and Staff Development Specialist.

Jeremy graduated from Lock Haven University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work and earned a Master of Science degree in Social Work from Marywood University.

He is the recipient of the 2013 Emerging Leadership Award from the Pennsylvania Association of County Administrators of Mental Health and Developmental Services.

Jeremy resides in Clarks Summit with his wife, Renee, and their two daughters, Eleanor and Carys.

Lackawanna – Susquehanna Drug & Alcohol 2013 Poster Winners

Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs


Lackawanna County Commissioners:* Corey D. O’Brien* Jim Wansacz *

Patrick M. O’Malley 

On Monday, December 9th, a Candlelight Vigil and Holiday Reception was held and sponsored by Lackawanna Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs, in conjunction with Lackawanna College, Wells Fargo Bank, Lackawanna County District Attorney, and MADD. The annual event took place at LackawannaCollege. The Vigil is in remembrance of those killed and injured by drunk drivers and for their families, as well as to alert the community to the necessity of celebrating sober.  Traditionally, Allied Services has been a strong supporter of the campaign. Reverend Kristian Bjornstad, Peace Lutheran Church, offered the invocation; Karen Kane, Chairperson of the Lackawanna County M.A.D.D. Chapter, honored individuals killed by drunk drivers and Bob Young, Luzerne County M.A.D.D., presented a DUI victim’s story.  Musical selections were performed by Lutheran Academy Choir.

Following the vigil, guests were invited inside for the 2013 Holiday Awards Reception.  Awards were presented by Dr. Paul Kaczmarcik, President, Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs Advisory Council; Jeanne Rosencrance, District Attorney Trauma Psychologist; and Paul Story, District Manager Scranton/Pike Wells Fargo Bank; to the student poster contest winners. There were 1,600 entries from 27 Lackawanna County schools, grades 1-12, for this year’s annual countywide holiday poster contest.

The five high school finalists who were honored at the vigil  included:  Ramsha Islam, First Place – Dunmore High, Grade 12; Rebecca Brzenski, Second Place – Dunmore High, Grade 12; Kerrie Eberhart, Third Place – Valley View High, Grade 12; Mia Esgro, Honorable Mention – Carbondale Jr./Sr. High, Grade 12; Lenny Benfante, Honorable Mention – Dunmore High, Grade 12.

The first place artwork, which was unveiled at the reception, will serve as the Single County Authority’s (SCA) Holiday Campaign theme. It will be featured in the media, displayed on 2 billboards, 3,000 buttons, 50 posters throughout the community, as well as at the Wells Fargo Bank in central city. The SCA will provide the materials to countySADD chapters whose students will display the posters throughout their schools and have the choice of distributing the buttons to share the prevention message or also selling them to further SADD’s prevention efforts at their schools. High School Recognition Winners will be featured on a poster calendar, as well.

The Elementary Poster Contest winners will have their artwork displayed in a 2014 prevention poster calendar, sponsored by Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs, as well as monthly billboards, sponsored by the Lackawanna County District Attorney Andy Jarbola, III promoting messages for parents and youth on how to reduce underage drinking.  Monthly winners included:   January – Jonathan Baker, De Paul School;  February – Christina Shaffern, St. Clare/St. Paul;  March – Caroline Kranick, La Salle Academy;  April  – Lacey Bloom, Carbondale Jr./Sr. High;  May  – Kiera Flannery, Our Lady of Peace;   June – Leahy O’Connor, La Salle Academy;  July – Mercedes Phillips, Prescott;  August – Giavanna Basile, Prescott;  September –  Gracie Secor, Riverside East; October – Ava Krenitsky, Our Lady of Peace;  November –  Finn Kane, Our Lady of Peace; December – Lily Flanagan, Riverside East. The Elementary Recognition Winners will be produced on greeting cards to carry the message out during other holidays throughout the year, as well.

The prevention messages in the honorable mention category will also be featured on the poster calendar. Receiving honorable mention awards were: January – Kelly Coolican, All Saints Academy; February – Stephani Stiner, All Saints Academy;  March – Darlene Duverge, All Saints Academy;  April – Heather Bailey, La Salle Academy; May – Maggie Flynn, All Saints Academy;  June – Isabel Bekele, La Salle Academy;  July – Rebecca Miller, La Salle Academy; August – Amelia Esgro, La Salle Academy;  September – Nora Betts, The Lutheran Academy; October – Hannah Johns, Riverside East;  November – Scott Ohmnacht, La Salle Academy;  and December – Brynn Tierney, La Salle Academy.

2013 Red Ribbon Day Ceremony

The Lackawanna County Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick M. O’Malley gathered with students from West Scranton, Dunmore, Valley View, Mid Valley and North Pocono to celebrate Red Ribbon Day on Courthouse Square. The event is designed to heighten awareness regarding the alcohol and drug problems facing every community. This national program also stresses the importance of maintaining a drug free lifestyle.