Professional and Community Leadership
Leading in our profession and our community
At Turning Point, we see leadership—inside our organization and across our communities and profession—as a shared and solemn responsibility.
As senior leaders of Turning Point, our board and management team aim always to remain aware and thoughtful of how our decisions impact the lives of others.
As leaders in clinical practice, we empower our staff to say yes—to use their skills and knowledge in the best interest of each client.
As educators and mentors, we translate our expertise and experience into new lessons and share them with others. We create a culture where new ideas can be presented and practiced, and we dedicate time and space for individual and communal learning to improve clinical understanding and professional growth.
As advocates, we champion the rights of people living with mental illness and the professionals who serve them. We speak up at every opportunity to create greater understanding and public support for mental healthcare.
As part of a vibrant community where diversity is respected and celebrated and new voices and perspectives welcome, we constantly look for more ways to serve our community as leader, teacher, and solid corporate citizen.
We must never forget another essential of true leadership: humility. Not every “first” decision is the right one, and when missteps occur, acknowledgment and repair are crucial. Leaders at Turning Point are committed to learning as well as leading.
Ann Fisher Raney, AM, LCSW
Chief Executive Officer
In Our Profession
Helping advance the profession
With more than 50 years of serving clients living with mental illness, Turning Point has earned the respect of civic and government leaders, professional peers, researchers and academicians, and the community at large.
Our team members share their knowledge and experience freely inside and outside our walls, and Turning Point Academy has become a regional hub of thought leadership and professional development.
Our affiliations with some of the area’s most prestigious academic institutions have contributed to our reputation as a robust training ground for new graduates and seasoned practitioners alike.
Putting knowledge into practice
Here are some examples of our professional leadership in action.
- Highest ratings from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF); recipient of local and national awards.
- Top-tier academic affiliations and post-graduate training.
- Turning Point Academy. Gateway to learning and professional development.
- Designated mobile crisis response provider by the State of Illinois.
- Comcast Newsmakers featuring Turning Point CEO.
- New Turning Point Living Room planned for Evanston, Illinois.
- Individual leadership in behavioral health. Ann Raney, CEO, Turning Point: vice chair, Illinois Association for Behavioral Health; board of directors, Impact Grants Chicago.
- Promoting community mental health: Mental Health Tips for the Holidays.
- Finding Grace in Hospitality, Ann Raney.
- A Recovery-Oriented Alternative to Hospital Emergency Departments for Persons in Emotional Distress: “The Living Room.”
- Using Yoga Interventions to Enhance Clinical Social Work Practices with Young Women with Cancer.
- Agility in Adversity: Integrating Mindfulness and Principles of Adaptive Leadership in the Administration of a Community Mental Health Center.
In Our Community
We say yes
Turning Point has a solid track record of good corporate citizenship, evolving with the community to create a healthier, happier space where everyone feels listened to, cared for, safe, and respected.
Turning Point grew out of an expressed local need for solutions to mental health challenges and has always benefited from the backing of community leaders and elected officials who agree that mental healthcare is a right that all residents should enjoy.
We’ve always played an active role in community life. When the community needs us to take the lead, we lead. When we serve better as participants, we take part as fully as we possibly can.
When the community calls on us, we say yes.
For and about our community
Turning Point takes our responsibility to the community seriously. Here are some examples. If you have questions or other ideas about how we can serve the community better, please contact us today.
- Named Skokie Business of the Year, 2021.
- Annual Town Hall Meetings.
- “Nurtured by Nature,” a free, fun day in the forest preserve.
- “El Cuidado de las Familias en la Nueva Normalida” (“Caring for Families in the New Normal”), virtual presentation in Spanish.
- Proud partner, Clean Green Skokie. Adopted Turning Point’s section of Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, Illinois.
- Civic leadership. Jen Sultz, Development Director, Turning Point; President 2023-24, Rotary Club of Skokie Valley.
- Founding member, Skokie Cares.
- Coming Together 2022: Sharing Experiences of Disability Partner.
- From our CEO: Solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
- From our CEO: Innocent lives lost to violence.
- From our CEO & Board President: On the killing of George Floyd.