Gateway Names Thomas Britton as New President and CEO

Thomas P. Britton, President and CEO, Effective May 13, 2015, Gateway Treatment Centers

Thomas P. Britton, President and CEO, Effective May 13, 2015, Gateway Treatment Centers

Chicago-based Gateway Foundation, Inc. announces today that its Board of Directors named Dr. Thomas P. Britton as the company’s next President and Chief Executive Officer, effective May 13, 2015. Britton, (45) replaces outgoing President and CEO Michael J. Darcy (66), whose retirement was announced in July 2014.

“From the start, we knew finding a replacement for a CEO who had demonstrated exemplary leadership for three decades would not be an easy task,” says Glenn Baer Huebner, Chair of the Board, Gateway Foundation. “Our search was intense yet ultimately gave us the privilege of meeting a number of exceptionally talented individuals. In the end, the board concluded that Dr. Britton is the best person to propel Gateway’s strategic growth and maintain our strong reputation for delivering quality addiction treatment services in a variety of settings, thanks to his requisite drive, clinical expertise and demonstrated business acumen,” adds Huebner. Read More>

Confident in the board of director’s choice, current CEO Michael J. Darcy retiring on June 30, 2015, states, “I look forward to assisting Tom in making a successful transition into his role with Gateway. I’m confident his skillset and commitment to the field of addiction treatment will further the mission and strategic plans of Gateway Foundation.”

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Gateway Foundation Announces CEO Michael Darcy Retiring in June 2015

Global Recruiting firm Korn Ferry Engaged to Lead Executive Search

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Michael J. Darcy
President and CEO Gateway Foundation

Chicago-based Gateway Foundation, Inc. announces today Michael J. Darcy has decided to retire on June 30, 2015, and has engaged global executive search firm Korn Ferry to recruit its future President and CEO.

“We will always be grateful for Michael Darcy’s dedication to fostering a client-centered collaborative culture that will serve our organization for years to come,” explains Glenn Baer Huebner, Chairman of the Board, Gateway Foundation. “Under Michael Darcy’s leadership, Gateway has expanded its footprint throughout Illinois and into Delaware to ensure individuals have access to affordable, quality substance abuse treatment programs. Likewise, delivering specialized addiction treatment programs in correctional settings has resulted in reduced recidivism and safer communities in states like Missouri, New Jersey and Texas.”

Darcy, age 65, is retiring after nearly 30 years at Gateway’s helm, which caps a remarkable 46-year career at the non-profit organization that’s dedicated to offering hope and second chances to individuals and their families. Mr. Darcy has led Gateway’s evolution to a state-of-the-art substance abuse treatment provider and strengthened its market position with strategic expansion.

“Deservedly so, Michael will be long remembered for pushing the envelope in the field of addiction treatment and advocating for advancements such as the use of evidence-based practices to modernize patient care,” adds Glenn Baer Huebner.

Savvy executives with the fortitude to fulfill Gateway’s noble mission are encouraged to contact Korn Ferry’s Chicago office.

For more information about Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers visit

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment’s Dr. Phil Welches Honored by IADDA

Gateway Foundation's Dr. Phil Welches and Michael Darcy

Pictured at the 45th Annual IADDA Fall Conference with the Dr. C. Vincent Bakeman Memorial Award is recipient Gateway Foundation’s Clinical Director Dr. Phil Welches and Gateway Foundation President and CEO Michael Darcy.

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment, a leading provider of substance abuse treatment, announces today its Clinical Director Dr. Phil Welches received the prestigious Dr. C. Vincent Bakeman Memorial Award at the 45th Annual Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA) Fall Conference in Lisle, IL, on September 6, 2012. Named after Dr. C. Vincent Bakeman, a pioneer and a visionary in drug addiction treatment and prevention, the award celebrates the work done by Illinois’ leaders in the field of substance abuse services. Recipients of the award are those who have clear vision for the future of the prevention and treatment field, consistently communicate their vision and are tireless leaders dedicated to the advancement of substance abuse treatment and prevention.

“Dr. Welches’ commitment to implementing advancements in the treatment of addiction and his ability to improve the quality of clinical services within the field make him most deserving of the Dr. C. Vincent Bakeman Award. His leadership in integrating evidence-based substance abuse treatment practices and fidelity measures has earned Gateway Foundation a reputation as a leader in providing innovative treatment for substance use disorders,” explains Michael Darcy, President and CEO, Gateway Foundation.

With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Welches has led efforts to promote concurrent treatment of substance abuse and co-occurring mental health problems. His success in this area of expertise earned him an invitation to participate in the nationwide Collaborative on Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addictions Treatment (DDCAT) chaired by Mark McGovern, Ph.D, of Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Welches also served as a member of both the DDCAT Measurement Refinement Workgroup and the Dual Diagnosis Capability in Mental Health Treatment (DDCMHT) Measurement Refinement Workgroup, teams that revised the DDCAT and DDCMHT in 2011. Dr. Welches is one of only 10 individuals nationwide who is trained as a trainer on the Dartmouth-developed, Hazelden-published Co-Occurring Disorders Program.

“Mounting research data on treatment effectiveness has helped to change the way we treat addiction. Research has revealed that co-occurring mental health problems are to be expected in addictions treatment. They are the rule, not the exception. Treating co-occurring mental health problems in conjunction with substance use problems within the same program—called ‘integrated treatment’—has proven to be most effective,” says Dr. Phil Welches.

To learn more about Gateway Foundation and its free and confidential consultation, call 877-505-HOPE (4673) or visit

Gateway Foundation to Offer Free CEU Training in Honor of National Recovery Month

In recognition of National Recovery Month in September, Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment is offering the professional community complimentary CEU workshops to enhance knowledge in order to better assist individuals with alcohol or drug abuse issues. Subject matter will include motivational interviewing, co-occurring disorders and understanding K2 and bath salts.

“Last year, Gateway Foundation provided free on-site training to more than 300 professionals to better prepare them to aid others who need treatment for substance abuse. This year, we are eager to share our clinical expertise with even more individuals by hosting three informative webinars that are ideal for professionals who work in healthcare, education, legal, mental health and substance abuse treatment,” says Gateway Foundation CEO and President Michael Darcy.

Motivational Interviewing Workshop

The webinar builds upon participants’ interviewing and counseling skills by teaching how to make a realistic assessment of an individual’s motivation for change. It outlines models to increase effectiveness with individuals who are ambivalent or who are resistant to change. The workshop is conducted by a Gateway Foundation Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who uses motivational interviewing techniques on a daily basis.

Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, from 1 to 2 p.m.

1 CEU  NAADAC, Illinois – LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing

Co-Occurring Disorders Workshop

The workshop introduces attendees to current, research-based approaches intended to improve one’s ability to succeed with individuals that are challenged by the presence of co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. The webinar will be led by a Gateway Foundation Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who is experienced in working with individuals with co-occurring disorders.

Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, from 1 to 2 p.m.

1 CEU  NAADAC, Illinois – LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing

Understanding K2 and Bath Salts Webinar

Lead by a Gateway Foundation Licensed Clinical Psychologist, this webinar is intended to increase one’s understanding of synthetic drugs, the signs and symptoms of K2 and bath salts use and the potential long-term effects of abuse. Attendees will also hear from representatives of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office to learn how the federal and state lawmakers are responding to these addictive and deadly drugs.

Date/Time: Thurs., Sept. 27, 2012, from 1 to 2 p.m.

1 CEU  NAADAC, Illinois – LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing

Presented by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), the goal of Recovery Month is to increase understanding of mental and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services to achieve recovery, and to help people recognize and seek assistance for these health conditions with the same urgency as any other health condition.

For more information about Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment and Recovery Month events or to register for webinars, please visit

Gateway Foundation Testifies for Substance Abuse Treatment Parity at Chicago Field Hearing

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment President and CEO Michael Darcy joined parity champions the Honorable Patrick Kennedy, the Honorable Jan Schakowsky and the Honorable Mike Quigley as well as treatment providers, local advocates and concerned citizens to testify regarding mental health and substance abuse parity inadequacies at the Chicago Congressional Field Hearing held on August 6, 2012, at the Union League Club.

It was an honor and a privilege for Gateway Foundation to be included as a co-sponsor of the Chicago Congressional Field Hearing on August 6, 2012, regarding landmark legislation that makes a significant difference in the lives of the people we treat at Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment.

Until the passage of the Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act, even individuals who were fortunate enough to have private health insurance often found that their benefits for substance abuse treatment were not as generous as their benefits for medical treatment.

Although initial strides were made in 1996 with the passage of the Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act, too many discrepancies continued to exist, particularly for addictions treatment. Discrepancies between medical and behavioral health benefits included greater financial obligations for behavioral health in the form of separate or higher co-pays and deductibles, as well as more restrictive treatment limitations in the form of annual and lifetime visit and dollar limitations. These restrictions posed significant barriers for many individuals whose recovery depended on accessible and affordable care.

It has been our experience at Gateway Foundation that the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act has helped to break down some of these barriers for the people we treat and has opened the doors to the life-saving treatment services they so desperately need. To date, we have seen the benefits of the Act in the form of increased access to treatment. As a specific example, here in Illinois during the first month of parity implementation in August 2011, Gateway Foundation was able to obtain treatment for 11 working individuals who, despite having coverage with major insurance carriers, had previously been denied treatment for substance abuse by their health plans.

Without the benefit of the Act, these individuals would either have been shifted to public funding sources and had their treatment paid by Illinois taxpayers—or—if they didn’t qualify for public funding, they would have had to use personal resources. Sadly, some of these individuals wouldn’t have had personal resources and therefore simply would not have received treatment.

We are encouraged by examples such as these and the new access to treatment that the Act has afforded people who otherwise would have been denied treatment for substance abuse. Unfortunately, our experience suggests that not all of the financial barriers to mental health and substance abuse treatment have been removed. However, I’m confident that the level of commitment to full implementation of the Act evident in the participants of the Congressional Field Hearings will ensure that we will achieve parity for mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Gateway Foundation Announces Newly Elected Board of Directors

Gateway Foundation today announced the board of director election of its officers and directors.

For more than 40 years, Gateway Foundation has helped thousands of individuals successfully complete substance abuse treatment each year. As the largest provider of alcohol and drug abuse treatment in Illinois, Gateway Foundation provides care to those with health insurance, but also to many who can’t afford treatment. Gateway Foundation has 10 treatment centers located throughout Illinois, and also provides treatment services in Missouri, New Jersey and Texas.

“We feel quite fortunate at Gateway Foundation for having the very best community and business leaders looking out for our interests as well as those individuals who need substance abuse treatment. The board of directors is focused on ensuring Gateway Foundation provides effective and quality treatment to the people in the communities where we are located,” says Gateway Foundation President and CEO Michael Darcy.

Gateway Foundation Board of Directors Officers:

Chairman: Henry Wolfe, Chairman of De La Vega Occidental & Oriental Holdings, LLC

Treasurer: Sidney Bradley, Vice President Financial Reporting Operations Strategy and Execution at Citbank

Secretary: Elizabeth Ogilvie Simer, Senior Vice President and Manager of Strategic Sales Support at Mesirow Financial

Staff: Michael Darcy, President and CEO of Gateway Foundation

Board of Directors Members:

Donald Crossett, retired, 38 years in general management and financial positions of entrepreneurial service businesses

Victor Fonseca, retired, Vice President of Compensation and Benefits of Exelon

Warren Harrington, Managing Consultant IT Strategy Practice at Forsythe Solutions

Glenn B. Huebner, Board Certified Trial Litigation Attorney at Donato, Minx and Brown

Jennifer Jerit Johnson, Partner at Tressler LLP

John R. Kromer, retired, Vice President of Human Resources, Factory Card & Party Outlet

Patricia (Pat) LePenske, President at LPR Services Inc.

Richard (Dick) McCullough, Executive Vice President of Space-Time Media

Gary Rada, President of Rada Concepts LLC

Amalesh Sank, President of Sagertech Communications

Len Shankman, Director of Specialty Finance at Caremark

Andrew Smith, Managing Partner of Impact Advisors, LLC

Warren Stippich, Jr., Partner & Practice Leader of Business Advisory Services at Grant Thornton, LLP

For more information about Gateway Foundation treatment centers in Illinois, visit

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