CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Patti Greenough, MEd, CPP
Patti Greenough, M.Ed., C.P.P., has more than 40 years experience in the field of substance abuse and mental health prevention and treatment with 30 years as the CEO of EPIC Behavioral Healthcare in St. Johns County, Florida. In her position as CEO, she has taken the agency from a small single focus organization to a multi-faceted behavioral health care service delivery system, expanding the agency to meet the ever increasing needs of her community including leading the effort to bring a 16-bed inpatient detox and residential treatment center to St. Johns County.
Patti is an active participant in several community and state organizations. She currently serves as the Chair of the Florida Behavioral Health Association, a Past-President of the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, and a member of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Florida. On a local level, Patti serves on several organizations including the St. Johns County Behavioral Health Consortium, Public Safety Coordinating Council, Health Leadership Council, Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Team, PACT Prevention Coalition, Continuum of Care Planning Board Establishing Committee Workgroup, and the United Way Agency Directors Association.
In previous years, Patti served on the original committee of the Florida Certification Board to develop the certification for addiction prevention professionals and was an initial member of community boards and workgroups to address community need through the establishment of such entities as the PACT Prevention Coalition, Safety Shelter/Betty Griffin House, Kids Bridge Family Visitation Center, Communities in Schools, St. Johns County Juvenile Justice Council, the Community Health Improvement Partnership, Juvenile and Adult Drug Courts, West Augustine Weed and Seed Strategy, and the Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition. She was also instrumental in creating new substance abuse services in her community such as the Anti-Drug Initiative with the State Attorney’s Office, an in-jail addictions program with the Sheriff’s Office, Drug Treatment Court, and an alternative to suspension program with the School District. She also successfully transitioned the local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency under the EPIC umbrella which has allowed mentoring services in her community to expand exponentially.
Patti earned double major Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Florida State University and a Masters Degree in Counseling Education from Florida Atlantic University. Before coming to St. Augustine to assume her current position, Patti’s professional career included positions as a Juvenile Probation Counselor, Family Therapist, Clinical Director of a Residential Treatment facility, and Program Director of a Substance Abuse Prevention Unit. Patti has received several prestigious awards including the Leader of the Year from the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, Florida Distinguished Service Medal from the Adjutant General of the Florida National Guard, designation of Who’s Who in Prevention Leadership for the State of Florida, and the Sheriff’s Community Service Award.
Over the past 32 years, Patti has quintupled the size of EPIC Behavioral Healthcare and has successfully expanded the provision of prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery support services throughout her community relying on the integration of evidenced-based practices throughout all program service systems, continuous quality improvement, a diverse and committed local Board of Directors, and a proactive, experienced and dedicated staff.