Mental Health and Minority Men: Encouraging a Fresh Approach To Mental Wellness in Black and Brown Communities

Donald dew

Habilitative Systems Inc.

Donald J. Dew is President/CEO of Habilitative Systems, Inc. (HSI), a vital behavioral health and human services organization providing programs and services for thousands of children and families with special needs. Since his appointment in 1990, HSI’s budget has increased from $6.5 million to approximately $9.5 million in 2020, signaling a significant increase in services to Chicago area residents during an adverse economic period. 


Over the past two decades, Mr. Dew has secured 20 million dollars from HUD and the Chicago Department of Housing to develop 160 units of senior and disability housing.  Received $4.5 million multiyear contract from Cook County Health and Hospital System for the Westside Community Triage and Wellness Center; and $2.3 million dollars from the Illinois Department of Human Services Census initiative. He received his Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree from Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois and B.A in Social Work from Lewis University. 
Mr. Dew is a member of the International Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities Board of Trustees, and past Presiding Chair, Illinois African-American Family Commission.

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