Herrick Lipton has always believed that behavioral health is incredibly important and should always be the focus of healthcare in communities. Empowering the individuals who struggle with behavioral issues, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities has always been Herrick’s passion because providing stability for those that have behavior health issues will ensure that they are able to live longer, healthier lives overall.
Herrick Lipton started at the New Horizons Counseling Center when he was just a teenager. He took on an administrative role initially because he felt compelled to contribute to the organization and be an advocate for those who struggle with mental illness. While in this role, he felt it necessary to reach out to members of the community and listen to their needs to help the New Horizons Counseling Center develop their mission and be able to help as many people as possible. Herrick soon took on more responsibilities such as financial director in addition to his other duties. After decades of serving as the administrative and financial director at New Horizon Counseling Center, Herrick Lipton became its Chief Executive Officer in 2013.
One of the first actions he took as CEO was to build a location in the New York City area that would be accessible to many people who would benefit from the services NHCC provides. Herrick Lipton worked with New York City government officials to build a welcoming space in Howard Beach that would not only be a suitable location, it would also be a storefront style building that would allow those that need help to be greeted without stigma or fear of judgement.
Throughout the years, Herrick has never lost sight of the programs that need to be started or the ones that should be rethought, restructured, and redesigned to better suit those that need them. The New Horizons Counseling Center covers a wide variety of different services for those with developmental disabilities, alcohol and substance abuse problems, mental illness of all ages, Alzheimer’s disease, and elder care. It’s important to Herrick and the rest of the staff at NHCC that each issue has its own program and every individual that walks through the doors will receive the best care possible.
In his current role as CEO, Herrick Lipton is in charge of operations of New Horizons Counseling Center, and the years since he took on this position the organizations has seen unprecedented growth in the often neglected industry of behavioral healthcare. This growth includes a 125% increase in clinical services offered by the center and an overhaul of existing business models for maximum efficiency and outreach. New Horizons Counseling Center was founded in response to massive cuts in social services for mentally ill people, and Herrick Lipton and NHCC staff continue to fight back against the lack of representation, resources, and ultimate rehabilitation that people deserve.
Herrick Lipton has created numerous new programs to make NHCC the most reliable and supportive resource for clients. He diversified the center to include a specialized suicide prevention program, the need for which is not only due to behavioral issues and substance abuse, but to the disappointing stigma that prevents people from reaching out for help at an early stage. He also founded and outlined NHCC’s Day Habilitation Without Walls for Adults with Developmental Disabilities. This program is emblematic of NHCC’s motto, “empowering individuals, strengthening communities,” because it focuses on teaching basic vocational and employment skill sets to people with developmental disabilities– and then helping them utilize these skills as active members of their local communities.
Although he’s made many strides in behavioral health and wellness, the largest and fastest-growing expansion project which Herrick Lipton has directed is NHCC’s care coordination and management program. This program provides the comprehensive and personalized guidance that people need to maintain their health not only day-to-day, but long term. The program’s “life coaches” offer support and insight for every aspect of life, from finding housing options for homeless clients to monitoring regular checkups to researching the most affordable local pharmacies.