Otto Feliu, director of Crouse Hospital's Chemical Dependency Treatment Services, is retiring at the end of October after 35 years of service. Stepping in to assume his position will be Monika Taylor, a seasoned, highly regarded addiction expert.
Taylor has been with Crouse since 2005 and has served as Manager of the Outpatient Behavioral Health Program since 2010. She was recently appointed to the board of directors of the New York State Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers (ASAP). The organization's mission is to support individuals, groups and organizations that prevent and alleviate the consequences of substance abuse in the state.
She has been a member of Syracuse's Domestic Violence Coalition since 1995. In 2010 she received an award from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), which permitted her to travel to Scottsdale, AZ, to attend the annual scientific meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD).
"Monika is an ideal leader for Crouse’s Chemical Dependency Services and will work with our administrative and medical leadership to move the program forward in the challenging environment of healthcare reform," said Michael Dupuis, vice president of Support Services.
Crouse Hospital has operated the only hospital-based substance abuse treatment service in Central New York since 1962, and is the only Central New York provider to offer an opioid treatment program (methadone maintenance).