FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities Deputy Executive Director Patrick Waite announced that Dan Kelley has been named Director of OCO Crisis and Development Services.
Kelley joins OCO from Onondaga Case Management Services in Syracuse where he most recently served as director of licensed programs.
Kelley, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from LeMoyne College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, began his career in human services at the Benjamin Rush Center in Syracuse before joining St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse as a counselor, and then OCM as a direct service care case manager for both mental health and substance issues.
During his time at OCM Kelley established an out-patient behavioral health clinic that provided mental health services, therapy, psychiatry, and a variety of other group counseling services.
He also oversaw the Assertive Community Treatment Team, a mental health service on wheels that provided services for those with the most severe conditions in the community, and served as compliance manager where he was responsible for the bulk of the agency’s risk management investigations.
As director of OCO Crisis and Development Services Kelley will be overseeing a wide array of programs including; Health Education Services, Intervention Services (including homeless services and services to aid families, SAF), Care Management Services, and the OCO Crisis Hot Line.
“I’m very fortunate to be coming into a system that works so effectively and efficiently,” said Kelley. “Having worked in Onondaga County for many years I was not aware of just how impactful OCO is in Oswego County. I never realized they provided the bulk of services in Oswego County.”
“My son attended SUNY Oswego so I had visited Oswego County many times however I had never experienced it as I am now. I am discovering the human services issues that exist in Oswego County and more importantly, discovering how effective OCO is in addressing these issues. The more I see, the more I realize how important OCO is to Oswego County. It’s a real learning experience and I’m enjoying it,” Kelley added.
“We are pleased to have Dan as part of our professional family here at OCO,” said Waite. “Dan’s extensive experience and his commitment to the field of human services make him an ideal choice to lead our Crisis and Development Services.”
“It’s meaningful to be a leader in an organization that provides vital human services and creates an environment that is conducive to delivering services in an effective fashion” Kelley said. “Human services work is important to me. I’d like to think that I live my life in a meaningful way that helps people live better. I’m thankful to be a part of OCO as it allows me to do that.”
OCO is 50 years old this year.
A private, non-profit agency, OCO’s many programs touch the lives of more than 24,000 Oswego County residents each year.
One of Oswego County’s largest employers, OCO employs more than 550 people and boasts a volunteer force of 1,200. OCO is a United Way of Greater Oswego County member agency.
Visit online at www.oco.org