Our Founder and Principal Consultant is Mylonne Sullivan, MSW, LSW, LICDC. A Licensed Social Worker and Independently Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor with direct experience working with Returning Citizens. She currently serves agencies and systems who provides services to those involved in the legal system. She received her Bachelor’s in Arts (Criminal Justice) from Baldwin Wallace University and Master’s in Social Work from The University of Akron. She is currently earning a PhD in Business: Organizational Development and Leadership from the University of Arizona Global Campus.
Ms. Sullivan specializes in counseling clients with trauma, illegal thinking/behavior, mental health disorders, and alcohol and other drug addictions. She has experience working directly in the mental health since 2014 and indirectly in social services for almost a decade. She has previously worked in mental health settings, including inpatient settings with youth and outpatient settings with adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses. Also, her work experiences have covered the addiction field in correctional settings, residential, ambulatory detox, and outpatient settings. Her clinical skills, include facilitating individual, group, couples, and family therapy focusing on substance use, mental health, and trauma with men and women involved in the federal criminal justice system (Federal pretrial, incarceration/halfway, probation) .
Board Affiliations, Associations, and Collaboration:
She was the Workforce Development Chair at Ohio Association for Alcoholism and Other Drug Addiction Counselors (OAADAC) for four years and the Treasurer for two years. She served the addiction professional community by focusing on financial and workforce development needs. She was on the African American Advisory Board Member (CAAB) of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and sought to advocate for criminal justice reform and engaged in freelance writing for the Cleveland Observer. She used to analyze policy and cases as the campaign researcher on local bail reform campaigns. Additionally, she is currently a consultant and project manager for Sankofa Circle International, Inc.
Advocacy, Supervision, and Research:
Ms. Sullivan has experience in advocating and assisting persons returning home from prison/jail, she has been successful in influencing other clinical and non-clinical professionals to make services more accessible to the community. One of her passions are developing the next generation of social workers, i.e. supervising master-level social workers as a field instructor at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University. She has been interviewed and been chosen to present at various conferences, including the annual Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare. She had obtained skills in supervision, collaboration, policy analysis and research, process development and design, employee attrition and retention, and strategic planning in almost 10 years in being in the social service field.
Advocating For Change, LLC
Ms. Sullivan’s direct practice with legal system involved clients and consultation with agencies increased her skills to identify and problem solve gaps in services provided by agencies and schools, address systemic barriers faced by clients, and create solutions for common employee DEI, retention, and attrition issues. As a result of her experiences of being sought after for administrative and clinical expertise, Advocating For Change, LLC was born.
A4C is willing to collaborate with all community-based agencies and schools but places special attention on schools and service-based agencies serving those involved in the legal system.
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