Francis J. Matese, Ph.D. will be resigning from his position as the Clinical Director of Options for Families and Youth after almost 18 years. Dr. Matese began working at OFY in 1996 when the agency had only two part-time therapists. Since then, the Behavioral Health program has flourished under his leadership and guidance. Dr. Matese established OFY’s Medicaid contract in order to bill for our Behavioral Health services. He also was the driving force behind OFY’s certification by ODMHAS and the agency receiving CARF accreditation.
As Dr. Matese reflected on his time at OFY, he expressed how he valued OFY’s “true quality of care” and the agency’s commitment to taking care of people properly. Dr. Matese expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to deliver quality clinical care to clients and the community. “I consider everyone at OFY a colleague,” remarked Dr. Matese, and he intends to continue to be associated with the agency.
OFY staff members will always fondly remember Dr. Matese as “the candy man,” keeping a filing cabinet drawer full of candy in his office. He could often be found carrying a basket loaded with chocolate to the break room, offering a piece to everyone he passed.
Dr. Matese has accepted the position of the Clinical Director of Fortaleza, LLC. He will also be continuing with his private practice and consulting services. OFY wishes Dr. Matese the very best in his new endeavor and is deeply grateful for his years of dedication, service and, of course, the chocolate.