Category: Staff Spotlight

Introducing Our New Clinical Director

We wanted to take this opportunity to introduce our new Clinical Director, Mr. David Helton, LMSW, LCDC. David has worked in the behavioral health field in Texas for over 35 years as a clinician, a manager, division director, trainer, an evaluator, a program developer, and a grant writer/reviewer. In addition to training on the SASSI for over 30 years, David has been a member of the SASSI Clinical Team for the last several years assisting on the clinical helpline. David is a passionate and caring individual that brings a vast wealth of understanding of the initiates, correlates and consequences of substance use disorder. But in addition; he is a marvelous communicator able to disseminate complex theoretical paradigms into readily understandable language, which simultaneously assists providers with the sometimes-nuanced interpretations of SASSI clinical results.

Please join us at The SASSI Institute in welcoming David in taking on his new role. We are thrilled to have him continuing collaborations with the SASSI team.

Retirement Announcement

Our long-time Clinical Director, Kristin S. Kimmell, LCSW, LCAC is officially retired as of May 2.

Kristin started out as a Clinical Consultant in 2004 and was promoted to Clinical Director in 2011. During that time, she has helped the company expand their outreach, communication, dissemination, but most importantly our clinical service provision. In addition to working for The SASSI Institute, she also maintained a private clinical practice specializing in addiction services. She has been committed to the Institute’s overall mission of helping people who suffer from substance use problems and the professionals who serve them. The favorite part of her job was talking to clinicians who called the clinical helpline from all parts of the country and Canada. 

We want to thank her for her dedicated service and best wishes in the next part of her life’s journey.

Staff Spotlight: Ms. Stevie Roach

Stevie joined SASSI as a Customer Service Representative in April 2019.  She previously worked as a dispatcher with our local law enforcement and with a shelter helping women and children in need.  She is a mother of 3 young children, two boys and one girl.

When Stevie is not at work, she loves binge watching TV episodes with her mom, whom she considers her best friend. She also keeps very busy with her children’s extra curriculum activities like pageants, sports, dance and whatever else is on the family calendar. 

Stevie’s team members describe her as energetic and a ton of fun to work with.