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Retirement News

Posted on Friday, December 21, 2018

Dennis L. Fisher, MM  -  Program Director, BHTEN Retiring in January 2019

Dennis Fisher has worked for 42 years in various behavioral health settings in Philadelphia.   He began his career as a Registered Music Therapist at Philadelphia State Hospital in 1977, after completing an internship in 1976.  Dennis served as the original Team Leader of the Community Treatment Teams (CTT) and as Training Specialist with both CTT/BHTEN.    Dennis combines the unique experiences of being a deinstitutionalized state employee, Union Representative, and a past officer of the Mental Health Association Southeastern Pennsylvania to promote values-based recovery-oriented Case Management services. Dennis has collaboratively authored the Philadelphia Behavioral Health Case Management Orientation curriculum.   He has presented at numerous local, state & national conferences on a variety of topics, including: The Community Treatment Teams' “Philadelphia Experience”, Time & Stress Management, Training Case Managers, Crisis Management and Enriching Recovery through Cultural Competence: Improving Access to Care and Engagement in Recovery.  Dennis is a certified trainer through the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) and also holds an Advanced Certificate of Culturally Competent Human Services from Temple University.  Dennis has served as the Program Director of BHTEN since 2013.   He is also a board member of the National Association of Case Management (NACM), which awarded Dennis their Founders Award in 2018 for “commitment and leadership to the profession of Case Management across the nation.”  Dennis also plans to continue with his certifications for teaching CPI and Mental Health First Aid, especially with Faith groups. 

As Dennis approaches retirement, he plans to spend more time with family in Virginia, PA and New Jersey.  Dennis and his wife Karen also plan to travel across the U.S., beginning with Puerto Rico in January.  Dennis and Karen have two grown children with careers in Education and Food Service.

With all his extra time, Dennis will help out more at church working at the Somerton Food Bank, writing grants for his non-profit the Liberia Education Project and continuing as choir director/worship leader.   Dennis will also be able to enhance his civic engagement as an appointed township Supervisor, planning to seek election for a full term in the Fall of 2019.