Who We Are

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Dennis H Parnell,


Our Founder, CEO and Clinical Director

Dennis H Parnell, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Addiction Specialist, Clinical Supervisor Case Manager, Life Coach, Administrator, Consultant and Entrepreneur. He holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NYC and an MSW degree from East Carolina University. Since 1986, after finding his own path into recovery from addiction, he has devoted his life to sobriety and recovery, and created a career path that has been dedicated to helping individuals, families and communities suffering from mental illness and substance use to find their own unique paths into full and meaningful recovery.

Over the span of his 35-year career, Mr. Parnell has worked extensively with adults, adolescents, and children, and specializes in assisting families struggling with substance use and/or mental health disorders. The varied settings he has worked in include: Substance Use Treatment & Behavioral Health Facilities, Group Homes, Public and Private Medical Facilities, Hospital Emergency Rooms & Trauma Centers as well as decades in Private Practice. He has served on many advocacy groups over the years, such as the NC Governor’s Task Force on Homelessness, The NCDHSS State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (SCFAC), The Roanoke Valley Collective Response (to the opioid & addiction crisis RVCR) and The Opioid Research Consortium of Central Appalachia (ORCCA) and is an active member of Kiwanis in his home community.

Some career highlights include:


Clinical Director of The NC Caring Dental Professionals Program

Under the legal authority of the NC Dental Board, in this advocacy and professional health program, Mr. Parnell directed a 5-year monitoring program for Dentists and Dental Professionals afflicted with substance use and mental health issues that could negatively impact the overall health of the general-public. These types of professional monitoring programs have demonstrated positive recovery rates in the 90 percentiles. Learn more about The NC Caring Dental Professionals Program.

Substance Use Specialist at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, NC

As the first Substance Use Specialist member of the Trauma Team, Mr. Parnell advocated for all hospital patients by providing staff training, community involvement, providing direct services triaging and access to state-of-the-art substance use and mental health in a general hospital setting. He established safe detox protocols and began a multidisciplinary team approach to substance use and mental health issues. Learn more about WakeMed Hospital.

Founding Developer and Director of The Healing Place of Wake County (now known as Healing Transitions)

This ambitious non-profit project grew out of an identified community need for providing both shelter and peer-led substance use services to homeless individuals in Wake County, N.C. in 1999 and opened in 2001. Based on a social recovery model in Louisville, KY, the original 165-bed facility for men was later expanded into 185 beds followed by a separate 100-bed facility for women, created five years later. This institution has enjoyed record positive long-term recovery rates at a cost significantly lower than jails and hospitals and most importantly full services have been provided free of charge to every client for over 20 years. Learn more about Healing Transitions.