PITTSBURGH, October 26, 2015 – The Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF), southwestern Pennsylvania’s oldest and largest HIV/AIDS service organization, today announced a new model of integrated care delivery for HIV/AIDS clients, including an expansion of vital services, and a $1 million investment in its East Liberty facility to accommodate the expansion.
“We are embarking on a new era of managing comprehensive, coordinated and integrated care for HIV clients after having been a successful social service agency for the past three decades,” said Bart Rauluk, PATF Board President. “By adding an expanded pharmacy, a behavioral health program, and clinical care to our existing vital services, we will be better equipped to bridge access to care for clients and the entire community.”
CEO Selected to Lead New Expansion Model
To help lead the organization’s expansion at the beginning of its fourth decade of operation, the Board of Directors has named former FamilyLinks executive Sean DeYoung, MSW, LCSW, as PATF’s Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds the agency’s former Executive Director Charles Christen who is credited for being a strong advocate for providing social services in the HIV community. The agency’s new model required a change in functional responsibilities for the leadership role and his position was phased out at the end of September. The appointment of Mr. DeYoung was made following a national search.
Commenting about the appointment of PATF’s new CEO Sean DeYoung, Mr. Rauluk said, “Sean brings the right mix of experience, strong leadership skills and community engagement needed to fulfill the role the CEO will play in the expansion of PATF’s services.”
“I have dedicated my life to helping provide necessary human services to those in need,” remarked Sean DeYoung. “I am proud to be able to continue such service with the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force at a transitional time in its history. PATF plays a vital role in the lives of our clients living with HIV/AIDS as well as in the larger community by preventing spread of infection. I am honored to be a part of that work,” added DeYoung.
Facility Expansion Underway
PATF’s first phase of facility expansion includes construction of a new food pantry, client interview and meeting rooms. The second phase includes a renovation of its existing facility to accommodate an expanded pharmacy program, behavioral health, and clinical care services in addition to existing social and preventative care services. PATF’s facility and offices will remain open during this expansion which is expected to be complete in April of 2016.
About CEO Sean DeYoung
Mr. DeYoung brings to PATF more than 20 years of executive administration, organizational development, and clinical operations in the nonprofit and social service sectors. He is a Pennsylvania Licensed Clinical Social Worker and prior to joining PATF was Director of Program Quality and Compliance for FamilyLinks, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based organization that helps individuals and families struggling with mental health issues, developmental disabilities, addictions, abuse, behavioral problems, illness and other life challenges.
DeYoung earned a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa. and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida International University in Miami, Fla. Along with FamilyLinks, Inc., DeYoung served in a director’s capacity for The Bair Foundation of Pennsylvania, The Bradley Center, Catholic Charities, and others. He has varied nonprofit management experience having worked in therapeutic foster care, outpatient and community-based mental health, and psychiatric residential treatment.
PATF is dedicated to supporting and empowering all individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and to being relentless in preventing the spread of infection. PATF is a leader in providing comprehensive support services that improve the health and quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.
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