ComWell has restructured agency operations to improve employee support, client service delivery and promotion of services within the community by expanding the organization’s leadership.
This reorganization ensures leaders are able to more deeply focus on growth and development, as well as training and supervision among the various programs offered by the agency.
Sarah Ward BSW, MHP, QIDP was promoted to Director of Developmental Disabilities and is responsible for development and growth of services provided to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“In my short time at ComWell, I have come to understand just how important this organization is to its community,” Ward said. “ComWell is an agency that is passionate about serving the whole person and makes such a positive impact on so many lives in our community which is something I love being a part of.”
Ward will be overseeing ComWell’s Community Integrated Living Arrangement program located in Chester as well as the Community Day Service program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities located in Red Bud. Additionally, her focus will be on client recruitment, supported employment, public engagement and education of services.
“In my new role, I will be focusing on the growing impact ComWell makes on those we currently serve and those who have yet to learn about our services,” Ward continued. “In my professional experience I have witnessed the key role education plays in increasing awareness of services available, so my goal is to provide outreach and information to the community about all that ComWell has to offer because everyone deserves advocacy, empowerment, and support, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, or disability.”
Amy Wunderlich MA, QMHP, CADC was promoted to Director of Care Coordination. Wunderlich is directly responsible for the coordination of all mental health services from assessment to discharge.
“Here at ComWell we are so many things to so many different people and to be a constant in someone’s life in this ever-changing world is such an important privilege, one that we do not take lightly,” Wunderlich said. “There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to mental health treatment and it is my goal to help provide a better understanding of treating people as a whole by focusing not just on their mental health, but on their physical, emotional, and overall well-being as well.”
In this role, Wunderlich will coordinate ComWell’s approach to mental health treatment within the community, coordinate agency response to crisis situations and oversee the residential housing program for individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses.
“Each of us is unique with unique needs, and finding the right practice for someone and building a team to help provide the specific services needed is paramount to the provision of long-term care,” Wunderlich continued. “I am honored to be able to serve this community and to be part of such an amazing team that cares deeply about individuals from all walks of life. Being able to see people become the best version of themselves motivates me every day.”
Executive Director Shea Haury said the decision to expand came after reassessing the current agency structure following an increase in the number of individuals seeking help in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The growing pains experienced by the agency compelled leadership to provide needed support to programs and staff.
“We were thrilled to announce the internal promotions of Sarah Ward and Amy Wunderlich,” Haury said. “They each bring the values, vision and leadership necessary to successfully assist ComWell in navigating the community needs through growth and development of programs and services.”
ComWell is a local non-profit provider of behavioral health, substance use and developmental disability services. ComWell aims to enrich the lives of community members by providing them with tools to become independent and thriving members of society by equipping them with healthy and effective coping skills.
About ComWell: We are committed to empowering individuals to pursue growth and wellness by promoting positive, healthy changes for individuals and communities through engagement, education, treatment and recovery. In 1971, we saw a need for support and we answered the call. ComWell services work together to achieve our goal of bringing wellness to our communities. ComWell is the beacon of community wellness and bridging the gap from individual to resource.