The Levenson Foundation enjoying a meal while meeting on one of our project sites in Turkey, August 2016.

About The Levenson Foundation

The Foundation's publicly-spirited mission is to reduce human suffering in the World through the application of new, experimental, evidence and/or outcome-informed clinical strategies towards the specific goal of enhancing the well-being, psychological and physical safety of our all whom we encounter.

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Our Team

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    Ben Levenson

    Ben Levenson is Chairman of The Levenson Foundation. In early 2009, Ben founded, led and, in 2017, successfully sold nationally-recognized Origins Behavioral HealthCare. His innovative work on multi-staged continuums of interdisciplinary care inspired a generation of providers across the United States to offer more chronic-based formats of treatment. Ben now counsels leading payers, providers, and policymakers as they transition to multi-pathway recovery ideologies, science-based treatment practices and clinical processes that honor a patient’s right to be fully and fairly informed of all risks and benefits of all known treatment options, which may dramatically affect the quality of their remaining life and mortality. Ben is personally in recovery and is frequently called upon as a contributor to the national media and appears regularly on leading talk shows and news programs.

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    Jaime Loera

    Jaime Loera is a person in long term recovery from substance use disorder who has been instrumental in the development and implementation of recovery strategies for non-profit entities, as well as adolescent and adult treatment centers. After spending over two decades as a disciplined practitioner of 12 Step recovery in his personal life, Jaime has had the opportunity to influence and witness the radical changes taking place in the treatment landscape during his career working at a few of the most select American treatment centers, such as La Hacienda and Origins Behavioral Healthcare. It is by remaining open to new recovery paradigms and being informed by the latest research that true change can take place. Jaime holds a BA in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and calls Texas his home. He is a dedicated father of three beautiful daughters who are limitless sources of inspiration and joy in his life.

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    Dr. Bob Lynn Smith

    Dr. Lynn is an internationally recognized lecturer, researcher, and clinician in the field of Counseling Psychology and Substance Use Disorders. During the past 45 years, he has held leading positions in many clinical settings, levels of addiction treatment, Employee Assistance Programs, State Government, and as a professor in several universities. He is a Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor and Senior Fellow in Neurofeedback Practice. He is also a recognized expert in Family and Behavioral Therapy. He is Chief Clinical Advisor for The Levenson Foundation, Affiliate Rutgers Center of Alcohol and Substance Use Studies, Director of Program Development-International for C4 Recovery Solutions, CEO/Founder Addiction and Behavioral Health Alliance LLC, as well as Clinical Director for the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence NJ Juvenile Justice System Adolescent Evaluation and Treatment Project.

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    Yossi Harel-Fisch

    Professor Yossi Harel-Fisch is the Chief Scientist at The Levenson Foundation, as well asl, the Founding-Director of the International Research Center on Adolescent Well-Being and Health at Bar Ilan University, and served for the past decade in the Israeli government as Chief Scientist of the Israel Anti-Drug Authority (IADA). Prof. Harel-Fisch is also the founder of Well-Being International (WBI) - an institute working with governments, communities and school systems worldwide, to reduce addiction and risk behaviors and to achieve well-being among children, youth and young adults. He is an internationally renowned expert on the development and implementation of national and international evidence-based policy and intervention strategies related to the reduction of substance abuse, addiction and other risk behaviors and the promotion of well-being, especially among children and youth.

Ben Levenson, Chairman

"We tremendously prefer and strenuously strive to reach the suffering through and with harmonious local support and friendly collaboration.

On this however, our primary mandate, we will not be marginalized, deterred or threatened away. With or without help, even in the face of fierce opposition - we will reach them - we will treat them - we will peaceably fulfill our duty to Love them, for, the truth is, we are them."

Ben Levenson, Chairman

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