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Meet the Newest Members of Our Professional Relations Team

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We are pleased to announce the newest members of our Professional Relations team, William McHale, Ellen Plaze, and Jonathan Benz. Meet our newest additions below. Welcome to Origins, William, Ellen, and Jonathan!

William “Bill” McHale is a native of Miami, Florida. For the past 20 years, Bill has assisted many of those facing drug charges in the Miami court system by being a trusted advocate for treatment rather than jail. He has maintained a passion for helping others recover from drug addiction in different capacities as outreach counselor, drug court case manager, clinical administrator, and court liaison. Along with his professional understanding, Bill is driven by his personal experience as a loved one of family members suffering from substance use disorders. He has watched his family benefit greatly from the recovery process and working the 12-Step program.  In his spare time, Bill enjoys fishing in the Florida Keys.

Ellen Plaze is a graduate of Boston University and has over 30 years of experience working with addictions. She was among the first group of counselors certified in addictions work and began doing interventions in 1987 following training with the Johnson Institute. She has been a national speaker on Intervention and addiction. She has trained professional groups, including Lawyer’s Assistance Professionals on Intervention, and earned a national reputation for her efficacy, high ethical standards, and her compassion. Her early years were spent as a counselor working in residential and outpatient programs. She eventually moved into management and directed treatment programs. She spent the next 20 years doing national outreach for several well-respected programs and saw how she could continue to assist addicts/alcoholics and their families on an even greater scale. “I found, in this field, a place where I could shine being me and helping others. I feel very grateful.”

Jonathan Benz, MS, CASAC, ICADC is a clinician, author, public speaker and ordained minister. He has served as a leadership consultant to various agencies in the U.S. and U.K. and has carried his message of strategic, spiritual living to 40 countries. Jonathan is a certified addictions professional with a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. He has worked in recovery throughout the US and is the author of Live A Legacy: Spiritual Principles for Strategic Living and The Recovery-Minded Church: Loving and Ministering to People with Addiction.

Origins Behavioral Healthcare is a well-known care provider offering a range of treatment programs targeting the recovery from substance use disorders, mental health issues, and beyond. Our primary mission is to provide a clear path to a life of healing and restoration. For more information on our programs, call us today:  844-843-8935