Goldsmith wins ACRC Fellow award

PROVIDENCE – Kerry Ann Goldsmith, executive director of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s Massachusetts and Rhode Island office, was recently honored with the “Fellow” award by the Association of Children’s Residential Centers during ACRC’s annual conference in Boston March 26.

Goldsmith received the award for her “dedicated service and leadership within the ACRC and for her extraordinary contribution to the treatment of children in care.”

In her role at Devereux’s Massachusetts and Rhode Island office, Goldsmith oversees the day-to-day operational, clinical and administrative functions of the center, which provides individualized treatment for children, adolescents and young adults with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences, including autism spectrum disorders.

Founded in 1912 by special education pioneer Helena Devereux, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations providing services, insight and leadership in the evolving field of behavioral health care.

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The ACRC’s mission is to provide a voice for residential interventions through relationships, leadership, advocacy and the promotion of innovative treatment and best practices. The nonprofit strives to be a resource to member organizations and agencies working to provide effective and transformative care to vulnerable children, youth and families.

“I was surprised and humbled,” said Goldsmith. “I am so grateful to be involved with such an incredible association, and to have connections with intelligent, thoughtful colleagues from around the world who have the same passion for our work. It truly takes a village to be a leader in the residential treatment facility world, and I share this award with our direct care staff who work every day to change and inspire young lives.”

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