President/Chief Executive Officer
Frank Scarpati has a Doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Southern California, a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Columbia College. He is a certified Psychotherapist; a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC); Master’s Level Addiction Counselor (State, National, and International); Compulsive Gambling Counselor; and Community College Teacher. Dr. Scarpati has also completed advanced training from the Center for Applied Science as a Relapse Prevention Specialist; the Arizona Attorney General’s Office as a Labor Relations Mediator; and a Reality Therapist Certification from the Los Angeles based Reality Therapy Institute. He maintains proficiency in the field of Addiction Treatment as a non-Physician Professional participant in the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), and for the past five years, a member of the Governance Board of Magellan Healthcare of Arizona, the Administrator of the largest public behavioral health service contract in the country.
In February 1996, Dr. Scarpati became the President/CEO of the East Valley Addiction Council (EVAC), a medical detoxification unit supported by 25 employees and nurtured it into becoming Community Bridges, Inc., an Arizona private non-profit agency with 750 employees who deliver Integrated Behavioral Health and Medical services throughout Arizona at: 3 Level I Sub-Acute Inpatient Crisis Care/Medical Detoxification Centers (46 Medical Detoxification beds delivering over 5,000 4-5 day Medical Detoxification protocols annually and over 100 short-term (23 hour) Crisis Stabilization beds that routinely provide over 50,000 crisis entries per year); 3 Level II Residential Treatment Programs, including a 56-bed long-term Residential Treatment Program for 24 pregnant women and 32 children; a 24-bed Residential Treatment Program (12 beds for addiction and 12 beds for mental illness); and a 16-bed General Mental Health and Substance Abuse Residential Program; 5 Intensive Outpatient/Relapse Prevention Treatment Programs (including 1 gender-specific women’s program) that serve over 4,000 adults each year; 6 geographically separate Level IV Rural Stabilization Recovery Units (50 residential beds and 60 person per day stabilization triage capacity); 2 Level III Urban Stabilization Recovery Units (32 short-term residential beds; a 50 person per day 23-hr triage capability); and a Prevention, Education, and Community Development program serving over 30,000 individuals and families each year. Dr. Scarpati is the creator of UnScript, an integrated approach to treating the bio-psycho-social-spiritual consequences of unintentional substance dependence resulting from overutilization of prescription medication.
Dr. Scarpati is the founder and Executive Director of the Education and Training Institute, a consulting organization whose focus is the prevention, education, and treatment of addiction. He has provided community development services to over 25 cities within the State of Arizona; mediation services through the Arizona Attorney General’s Office; student support group facilitator training for administrators, teachers, and school psychologists throughout the United States, Canada, and Pacific Rim countries; and prevention program consultation services to police departments and school systems throughout the United States. Dr. Scarpati has also been a consultant/trainer for the Federal Government’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), and the Chemical Awareness Training Institute International.
During his teaching career, Dr. Scarpati taught at both the university and community college levels; provided college courses to inmates of the Arizona State prison; charter school educational programs to youth gang members; and continues to provide human resource seminars on individual and organizational development, equal opportunity and treatment, sexual harassment, human relations, and ethics. Dr. Scarpati maintains a private practice limited to addiction treatment for high-risk, high profile individuals.
During his 27-year career in the United States Air Force, he gained considerable experience as a Combat Electronics Technician – 8 years (5 years in Southeast Asia, including two tours in Viet Nam); an Air Force Recruiter (4 years in High Schools and Colleges and 4 years recruiting Doctors); upon graduation from Officer Training School, his leadership skills were expanded as the Director of Human Service Programs for Military members and Clinical Director of hospital-based treatment programs (3 years in the U.S. and 3 years in Europe); and 5 years as the Pacific Air Force’s Regional Administrator of 18 chemical dependency treatment centers (inpatient and outpatient) located in 7 countries throughout the Pacific.
Dr. Scarpati served for three years as the Governor of Arizona’s Community Liaison in the Office of Drug Policy, participating in the Statewide Drug and Gang Policy Council and coordinating the Governor’s Drug Prevention efforts throughout the State. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the United Way, the Arizona Recovery Centers Association, the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness, and the Maricopa Association of Government’s Continuum of Care. Dr. Scarpati is also a former President of the Arizona Board for the Certification of Addiction Counselors (ABCAC), a former Board member of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, and former State Representative to the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC). In 2002, he was appointed by the Governor of Arizona as a member of the State of Arizona Homeless Trust Fund Oversight Committee. More recently, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers; a member of the Board of Directors of Southwest Behavioral Health Network; a member of the Executive Committee of Maricopa Consumers, Advocates, and Providers Association; and a founding member of the Western Health and Wellness Board of Directors, a collaborative initiative of 19 Behavioral Health companies, striving to provide integrated health care to a broad array of private for profit and private non-profit agencies. Dr. Scarpati is a strong advocate for open access to and unrestricted support from the Veterans Administration. He is a member of the Arizona Congressional Committee for VA Review.
Dr. Scarpati and his wife Christine have a blended family of 6 adult children and 4 grandchildren. Christine has been the Executive Director of the Child Crisis Center (East Valley) since its creation in 1981.