CLARE Foundation Appoints New Executive Director


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CLARE Foundation Appoints New Executive Director

Lisa Steele Brings New Leadership To Perennial Local Nonprofit

The Board of Directors of CLARE Foundation announces Lisa Steele, Ph.D. as the new Executive Director of the nonprofit substance abuse treatment facility. Dr. Steele has nearly thirty years of experience working in the mental health and substance abuse treatment field and recently served as the Vice President of Operations at RiverMend Health and Malibu Beach Recovery Centers. Dr. Steele begins her new position at CLARE foundation on May 16, 2016.

“We are fortunate to have an industry veteran join CLARE at this significant time in the foundation’s history,” said Pete Kastoff, Board Chair. “We are confident that Lisa’s extensive experience in healthcare and leadership will strengthen the organization and stimulate community engagement.”

Lisa Steele, Ph.D. has dedicated the last 30 years of her life to working in the substance abuse and mental health treatment field. She has led organizations of all sizes serving those with co-occurring substance misuse and mental health disorders, and clients with domestic violence and forensic issues, with the focus on access to care for the most underserved and challenged. She operates with the understanding that the whole person must be treated, including the mind, body and spirit.


Dr. Steele worked with the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health for many years, working to bridge the gap between mental health and substance abuse treatment services, so that people with addictions could obtain treatment through all avenues. She served as a consultant to the National Institute of Mental Health, and created the first “Minor Consent” Substance Abuse Treatment Program in California. For more than 10 years she has served on the California Statewide Co-Occurring Conference Planning Committee. She earned her Masters Degree in Marriage, Family, Child Therapy and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with two certifications in substance use disorder treatment and co-occurring disorders treatment.

Dr. Steele places great value on the culture of recovery, and is fully committed to ensure that both clients and staff feel valued, and can live and work in a healthy environment. She is very excited to join the CALRE team.

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About CLARE Foundation

Since 1970, CLARE Foundation has provided treatment, recovery and prevention services for alcoholism and substance abuse. The LA-based nonprofit provides compassionate and affordable treatment services and behavioral health therapy programs for adults. Using a variety of methods including individualized treatment protocols grounded in evidence-based practices, CLARE helps those confronting addiction to produce positive and long-lasting health and wellness. For more information about CLARE Foundation, please visit