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Burns named Senior Director of Behavioral Health Services and Lipman named Program Director for SUDS


Burns named Senior Director of Behavioral Health Services and Lipman named Program Director for SUDS (Substance Use Disorder Services) for Aldea Children and Family Services

Julie BurnsNAPA, Calif. – October 2, 2019 –Julie Burns, LCSW has been named Senior Director of Behavioral Health Services over seeing all operations related to Behavioral Health and Victim Centered Services. Burns is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who most recently worked for Yolo County Probation where she was a Program Manager. She brings 10+ years of experience in organization administration, program analysis and development, facility operations, workforce development, crisis management and decision making, behavioral health and substance use assessment and treatment in correctional healthcare, community organization, residential facility, and law enforcement environments. “Julie will be a part of enhancing current programs and expanding the behavioral health services of Aldea through the North Bay.” said Sandy Re Sims, Board President

Laurette LipmanLaurette Lipman, MA, LPC has been named Program Director of Aldea’s SUDS (Substance Use Disorder Services) program formerly known as the Wolfe Center. This is a newly created position that Lipman will head up prevention services offered in Napa Valley Unified School District, treatment services for Napa County Probation and for any teen in Napa County struggling with substance use. Lipman has 20 years of clinical experience and most recently managed a women’s residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program in San Mateo County. She is from Michigan where she supervised a wraparound program at a non-profit agency.  “We are excited to have Laurette’s experience in treatment programs here at Aldea.”  reported Kerry Ahearn, LCSW, Chief Executive Officer of Aldea.

About Aldea Children & Family Services: Aldea improves people’s mental health so they can strengthen their relationships and become engaged in the community. Through critical  behavioral health treatment, foster care and adoption, and support services, Aldea helps more than 3,900 people annually in Napa and Solano counties who face obstacles to accessing and receiving effective treatment. Their mission is to improve lives and create bright futures for people they serve by providing professional mental health, child welfare and support services in a manner that respects the dignity and individuality of each person. For more information please go to their website at or call 707-224-8266.