Arrowhead is very proud of the dedication and commitment of its staff. Professional development is an important ongoing process at Arrowhead. Our staff members attend outside conferences, take part in local and state workshops, and participate in in-service training pertaining to adolescent education and behavior. We focus on human growth and development, behavioral theory and its applications, and personality issues with adolescents.
Arrowhead staff are certified in CPR,first aid, and Crisis Prevention Intervention. Behavior management training (CPI) continues to be an integral part of the Arrowhead's orientation training new staff.
Arrowhead CEO: Dr. Chester Lien
I have been in the educational world since 1987; I have a degree as an Education Specialist and my Doctor of Education, to name a couple of my accomplishments. I have held positions from paraprofessional, to teacher to principal to superintendent.
Over the years residential treatment centers have faced many challenges. Increased costs for residential care make the top of the list. Funding cuts in the state of Illinois create an even bigger challenge. Arrowhead Youth and Family Services is necessary for the children and families in our community. They are our future. I look forward to exploring new ways to define the direction Arrowhead will go moving forward and taking the steps needed to get there.
I ask you, our valued supporters, to connect or reconnect with Arrowhead. We need your help. There are many ways to support our mission. Volunteer, donate a car, sponsor an event or leave a legacy. Together we can motivate youth at risk to become responsible young men and women.
A letter from the CEO – Dr. Chester Lien
Arrowhead Youth and Family Services has a long and successful history. The Rock Island Youth Farm and Home was started by Rock Island County Board in 1946 to provide services for youth at risk of being sent out of the community. Arrowhead Ranch came into existence in 1956 when the decision was made to become a private, not-for-profit facility providing services to the same youth population. One constant over the years has been strong community support for the mission of Arrowhead: motivate youth-at-risk to become productive and responsible young people by providing the highest quality counseling, education, and social services to youth and their families.
Over the years residential treatment centers have faced many challenges, increased costs for residential care makes the top of the list. Funding cuts by in the state of Illinois has created an even bigger challenge. Arrowhead was necessary in 1946 and that need to provide for children and families in the community still exists.
The last year saw the leadership team at Arrowhead study, research, and develop a plan for the future of Arrowhead. On June 27, 2017 the Board of Directors of Arrowhead Youth and Family Services gave the final approval of the plan as presented by the leadership team. Beginning in November of 2017 a major remodel project will begin of the grounds and buildings with a projected completion date of September 1, 2018. Fall of 2018 will see the rollout of a national advertising campaign to recruit youth that require the same services as the traditional Arrowhead youth. We will continue to provide services to the youth that are referred to us by local agencies.
This is going to be an exciting time of change and growth for Arrowhead. I ask you, our valued supporters, to connect or reconnect with Arrowhead. We need your help! There are many ways to support our mission. Volunteer, donate a car, sponsor an event or leave a legacy. Together we can motivate youth at risk to become responsible young men and women.
Chief Operating Officer: Reina Reyes, LCSW, MBA
Chief Financial Officer: Susan Fulmer, CPA
Development Director: Mary Davidson
Quality Assurance Director: Art Cajigal,LCPC,CADC
Community Outreach Director: Alicia Gomez, M.S.Ed.