January 22, 2019
Mental Health Programs Names Larry Oaks as President & CEO

Larry Oaks
November 24, 2017 — Mental Health Programs, Inc., a Newton nonprofit that delivers housing and home-based long-term care services to frail elders and individuals with disabilities, recently announced that Larry Oaks will be its next president and chief executive officer.

Oaks succeeds founder Sheldon Bycoff who will be retiring Dec. 31 after holding the position for the past 41 years.

Jeanne McHallam, board chairperson of Mental Health Programs, Inc. (MHPI), speaking of Oaks, said “This talented executive will be able to build upon Sheldon’s legacy, and further strengthen MHPI’s historic position as a developer of service enriched housing."

Bycoff added, “Larry is an accomplished leader who brings a deep understanding of the current challenges, as well as the opportunities in the ever changing landscape of affordable housing and long term supports for very poor and/or disabled individuals. His unanimous selection by the Board of Directors demonstrates a sustained commitment to MHPI’s mission and future.”

Oaks is a nonprofit leader with more than 20 years of experience in the affordable housing and community development field. He most recently served as managing director for CSH - The Source for Housing Solutions, in New York, where he partnered with government leaders, public agencies, and philanthropic organizations to secure grants to stimulate supported housing development.

As senior project manager at Peabody Properties, Inc., he oversaw the successful development of the first U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Enhanced Use Lease project for homeless veterans in the country. He also served as executive director at Housing and Service, Inc. in New York.

Oaks said, “I’m thrilled to be joining MHPI, an organization that’s been providing quality care and supportive housing in Massachusetts for decades. I’m especially excited to begin working closely with the board, Sheldon, and the staff to deepen and expand MHPI’s impact over the years to come.”

Oaks received her bachelor’s degree in political science and government from the State University of New York at Oneonta, and a Master of Public Administration degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Since its establishment in 1975, MHPI was among the first organizations to provide community-based services to people with disabilities. MHPI developed its first six-unit project, located in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston in 1983. Since then, it has been awarded funding for developed other projects in the Boston and Worcester areas.

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