New CEO assigned to L&P Services, Inc.

From local reports

Jamie Kerestes, president of L & P Services, Inc. has announced the appointment of Douglas Pfeifer, MA, LPCC-S to the chief executive officer position. Pfeifer received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from West Virginia University and his Masters of Arts degree in Counseling from Xavier University. He is a certified advanced trainer for the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, and was a trainer in Developmental Audit Strength Based Assessment, Response Ability Pathways, Person Brain Model, Life Space Crisis Intervention, and Associate Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Trainer.

Pfeifer has been working with L & P Services, Inc. for over a year serving as a therapist and mental health clinical director. Before joining L & P Services, Inc. Pfeifer worked as teacher-counselor, supervisor and clinical coordinator at Pressley Ridge for nearly 20 years and with Camden Clark Medical Center doing group therapy and clinical assessments on the behavioral health unit since 2014. He also does emergency screenings for both Camden Clark Medical Center and Marietta Memorial Hospital.

Chuck Larrick, MSEd, LPCC-S, co-founder and retiring CEO, expressed his confidence in Pfeifer’s ability to successfully continue the agency’s mission, “Doug has excellent experience and qualifications and shares our core values surrounding person-centered services.” He added that L & P Services, Inc. was formed in 2005 and quickly grew to become the largest mental health and substance abuse agency in Washington County, serving approximately 2,000 individuals suffering from mental health issues and 500 from substance abuse clients annually. All services are CARF accredited and Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services certified. All professionals are credentialed and licensed by their respective State licensing authorities. The services offered include individual, family and group counseling, case management, crisis intervention, and medication interventions. Intensive outpatient services for individuals suffering from opioid and other addictions are also provided utilizing individualized treatment plans that incorporate individual, group and family therapies as well as medically assisted therapy as needed.

The staff includes a full-time physician, two nurse practitioners, two part-time psychiatrists, four nurses, 11 counselors, eight case managers and several administrative and support personnel.

Kerestes stated she is very pleased with the selection of Pfeifer as the new CEO. “His qualifications are outstanding and I’m sure he will do an excellent job leading our organization. I look forward to our agency’s continued growth and improvements in meeting the needs of the Washington County area through his leadership.”

L & P Services, Inc. accepts Medicaid, Medicare, self-pay and most insurances. Supplemental funds are also provided by the Washington County Behavioral Health Board. Kerestes added “The Board provides valuable quality-assurance oversight and supplemental funding allowing us to offer a sliding fee scale so anyone can receive services regardless of their ability to pay. The board also helps with funding new programs to improve and increase needed services to our community.”

Pfeifer stated he is anxious to begin his leadership role with the agency to ensure continuous quality improvement in serving the citizens of the Washington County area. He reminds everyone that he and other professionals of L & P Services, Inc. are available to speak with civic groups, churches, schools or other organizations to more fully discuss our community needs and the services offered at L & P Services. Interested individuals may contact the agency at 740-376-0930.


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