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Chad Costello, ACSW, CPRP

Chad is the Vice President for Public Policy for Mental Health America of Los Angeles, (MHALA) a non-profit mental health advocacy and services organization. He is responsible for identifying and analyzing local, state and federal legislation, regulations and policies affecting the organization and the people it serves.

Chad serves as one of the lead trainers for MHALA, and has presented at numerous conferences and universities on topics such as recovery, mental health advocacy and system transformation. As a primary trainer for the Milestones of Recovery Scale (MORS), he has trained hundreds of line level and supervisory staff in the use of the scale. Chad is an Instructor in Mental Health First Aid and a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP), and has participated in the development of test items for the certification exam.

He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Cal State system on the subjects of social work policy, recovery focused practice, and non-profit management and currently teaches in the Mental Health Worker Program at Cerritos College and in the School of Social Work at Cal State University Long Beach. He has served on several institutional advisory committees tasked with advancing the teaching of recovery based mental health services.

He currently serves as the President of the California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies, Past-President of the California Coalition for Mental Health and Chapter Representative to Mental Health America of California.

Chad formerly served as Director for Village West at MHA Village, where he supervised a diverse team of 15 mental health professionals serving 125 adults living with mental illness utilizing an integrated, assertive, community based treatment approach.

Prior to working for MHALA, Chad was the Director of Programs for MHA of Orange County, where he oversaw the agency’s services for the homeless, and the County’s initial AB34 intensive mental health services program. He negotiated contracts with the local county mental health authority, wrote numerous successful proposals for county, state and federal funds and served as the agency’s point person for public policy issues.

Chad received his Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California, and his bachelor’s degree in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine.

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