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May 18, 2022
Bay Cove Human Services Names Louis Josephson as CEO
Louis Josephson
Louis Josephson

March 28, 2022 — Bay Cove Human Services, a Boston nonprofit that provides a range of services to people facing developmental disabilities, mental illness, homelessness, aging-related needs, and/or drug and alcohol addiction, recently announced that Louis Josephson will be its next president and chief executive officer.

Josephson, who will start in the job on June 6, success Bill Sprague, who is retiring after 10 years as president and CEO of Bay Cove Human Services, capping a 30-year career with the organization

“Louis brings a wealth of leadership, management, and clinical experience, and an extensive track record of success in senior positions at human services organizations and government agencies,” said Ruth Fishbein, chair of Bay Cove’s board of directors. “Just as importantly, Louis has a deep commitment to both the mission of Bay Cove, and to placing the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion at the center of everything our organization does.”

Josephson currently serves as president and CEO of The Brattleboro Retreat, Vermont’s largest regional free-standing psychiatric health system, a position he has held for the last six years. Prior to that he led Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services in Los Angeles and Riverbend Community Mental Health in Concord, N.H.

“We all know that our communities need excellent mental health services, developmental services, and substance use disorder treatment options more than ever. It is Bay Cove’s commitment to serving people with the greatest challenges, and the tremendous dedication of Bay Cove’s staff, that makes me so excited to lead such an essential community-based organization.” Josephson said.

Josephson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Tufts University, a Master of Social Work degree from Columbia University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in social work from New York University.

Bill Sprague

Noting that Bay Cove will continue to succeed and grow under Josephson’s leadership, Sprague cited the “hard work, tireless spirit, and generous support” of the organization’s staff, individuals served, board members, donors, and partner organizations that “have allowed us to achieve so much.”

Sprague joined Bay Cove in 1993 as chief financial officer. He was named the agency's executive director in 2001, and, in 2011, was appointed president and CEO.

In an interview published last week in the Boston Business Journal (BBJ), Sprague said the past two years have been the most difficult he’s ever seen in terms of meeting increased demand for mental health and addiction services during the coronavirus pandemic, combined with a record number of unfilled jobs. At the same time, demand for services has grown, aggravated by a resurgence of the opioid crisis.

While Bay Cove employs around 2,000 people, Sprague told the BBJ that it would be “more than that if we were fully staffed.”

Since its founding in 1974 offering one program to provide alcohol detoxification, Bay Cove today has 170 program locations in Greater Boston and southeastern Massachusetts.

For the year ending June 30, 2020, Bay Cover reported $127.9 million in revenue, of which $2.6 million came from contributions and grants, and $126.3 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal financial information filing.

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