Press Release 2015-01-15 FINAL
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Press Release 2015-01-15 FINAL
Recovery Innovations Announces CEO Transition
Phoenix, Arizona – 01/15/2015 – Recovery Innovations Inc. today announced that its board of
directors appointed deputy chief executive officer David Covington as interim president and
chief executive officer, effective immediately. Mr. Covington replaces Eugene Johnson, who
served as the organization’s president and chief executive officer since he founded the
organization in 1990.
On behalf of Recovery Innovation’s board, Chairperson Michael Cason said, “We recognize
Gene’s significant contributions to the behavioral health field and specifically to Recovery
Innovations by way of growing the company’s vision and mission worldwide while developing a
competent peer workforce in support. Recovery Innovations remains committed to the concept
of ‘what’s strong, not what’s wrong’, further substantiating the power and impact of the
Mr. Covington joined Recovery Innovations as deputy chief executive officer in July 2014, and
previously served as chief executive officer and president of Crisis Access, LLC and vice-
president clinical and program outcomes of Magellan Health. Under his leadership, Magellan
Health achieved national and international recognition for its clinical and recovery innovations
in suicide care, performance management dashboards, integrated care, and peer supports.
During his tenure with Recovery Innovations, he has led initiatives to improve data validation,
outcomes management, medical and clinical practice, third party liability billing, corporate
compliance, and financial performance.
“Recovery is a ubiquitous word in the behavioral health community today,” Mr. Covington said.
“It is easy to forget how landmark it was when Gene Johnson and his leadership team began
employing hundreds of peers in the early 2000s. Gene’s vision created opportunities and
environments that empower people to recover, built crisis facilities known for recovery,
opportunity, Welcoming Environments, and ‘No Force First’, and generated meaningful jobs for
peers; these changes represent some of the most significant contributions to the field in the last
Mr. Covington added, “The need for a recovery oriented approach in an era of increasing
forced treatment, demands for cost savings, and focus on the rights of individuals, has never
About Recovery Innovations: With recovery programs in six states, including Arizona, California,
Delaware, North Carolina, Texas and Washington, Recovery Innovations mission is to create
opportunities and environments that empower people to recover, to succeed in accomplishing
their goals, and to reconnect to themselves, others, and to meaning and purpose in life.
Recovery Innovations’ programs are grouped into crisis response, peer support and self-help,
recovery education, peer training and employment, and community living.
Susan Coleman, Executive Project Manager
2701 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006