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Lisa Sprague Named Madison Area YMCA Project Community Pride Director

Credits: Madison Area YMCA

The Madison Area YMCA has named Lisa Sprague, LCSW, as the new director of Project Community Pride of the Madison Area YMCA. 

Ms. Sprague brings extensive clinical, supervisory and administrative experience in the mental health field, including work with children, teens and families. She joins the Y from High Focus Centers, a psychiatric partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program in Cranford, where she supervised a 14-member team of clinicians and support staff in the adolescent services program.

“We are pleased to welcome Lisa to the Madison Area YMCA,” said Madison Area YMCA President and CEO Diane Mann. “We are fortunate to have Lisa’s experience and skills contributing to our Y goals of advocacy, outreach, and awareness-raising to help address mental health issues in our community.”

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In her new role, Ms. Sprague joins Project Community Pride counselors Christine McIntyre and Justin Kennard, working to expand the range of mental health services available to children, teens and families in our service area. Among her responsibilities, Lisa also will fill a lead role in community mental health education and advancing the Y’s Community Mental Health Initiative.

Prior to her employment at High Focus Centers, Ms. Sprague served as a psychologist and counselor at local school districts and with New Bridge Services in an adolescent pregnancy prevention initiative for Dover Public Schools.

A resident of Montclair, Ms. Sprague earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Seton Hall University and her master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University.

Project Community Pride is a counseling program serving children, teens and their families in the Chathams, Florham Park and Madison. It is made possible through a joint public-private partnership among the Boroughs and School Districts of the Chathams, Florham Park and Madison collaborating with the Madison Area YMCA. The partnership operates to assure that children and teens have access to effective, high quality counseling services without cost being a barrier to care.

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