Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare, today announced that President and CEO Carl E. Clark II has named Yvette Jackson, LMSW, DBH, as executive director of Devereux Arizona, with campuses in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.
Jackson currently serves as Devereux Arizona’s assistant executive director; she will assume her new role effective October 28, 2019. As executive director, Jackson will oversee the care and treatment of care and treatment of more than 4,500 children and adolescents, annually, who are living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences. She also will manage Devereux Arizona’s Adolescent Health and Wellness Clinic – a specialty outpatient clinic providing whole-person care to teens and young adults – based in Mesa. Jackson succeeds Lane Barker, who retired on Oct. 1, 2019, following more than 25 years of service to the organization.
“Yvette is a highly accomplished and visionary servant leader who has been part of the Devereux Arizona family for 21 years,” said Clark. “Her extensive behavioral healthcare background, coupled with her unwavering commitment to advocating for our youth, make her perfectly aligned for this position.”
Jackson was instrumental in Devereux Arizona’s partnership with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the country’s leading LGBTQ rights and advocacy organization, when the center earned the “HRC All Children – All Families Seal of Recognition” in 2012. The All Children – All Families initiative provides a comprehensive framework for agencies to establish policies and practices that welcome, support and affirm LGBTQ foster and adoptive parents. In 2019, Devereux Arizona achieved the HRC “Innovator” seal (the highest level) for implementing innovative approaches to LGBTQ inclusion in various areas.
About Yvette Jackson, LMSW, DBH
Yvette Jackson, LMSW, DBH, holds 21 years of experience in the child and adolescent behavioral healthcare field. Jackson joined Devereux Arizona in 1998 as a foster parent recruiter/trainer and, in 2002, was promoted to program manager of foster care services. In 2003, she moved into the role of director of community-based services and, six years later, was promoted to her most recent positon – Devereux Arizona assistant executive director. In this role, Jackson helped manage the development and execution of programs and services that provide hope and healing for the 4,500 children and adolescents in Devereux’s care. She also managed approximately 400 employees across the state, and oversaw the coaching and mentoring of the center’s leadership team. Jackson is the current chair of Devereux’s national LGBTQ+ affinity group.
Jackson has earned the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Social Work (LMSW) and Doctor of Behavioral Health from Arizona State University. She received the 2015 “Leadership in LGBTQ Health Care Award” from the Behavioral Health Coalition of Southern Arizona and the LGBT Consortium, and the 2015 “Weaver E. Falberg Leadership Promise Fellowship Award” from Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health.
Jackson is a faculty associate at Arizona State University, where she instructs graduate-level students in the area of social work. She is a board member of the Tucson LGBT Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and has served on the boards of the Wingspan LGBTQ Community Center; the Tucson Centers for Women and Children (renamed: Emerge); and Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona. In addition, she has served as a national trainer for the Human Rights Campaign.
About Devereux Arizona
Devereux Arizona began providing services in 1967 with the opening of a therapeutic day school in Scottsdale. Today, more than 50 years later, the Arizona center helps more than 4,500 individuals and their families across the state. www.devereuxaz.org