Joseph House Welcomes Outreach & Outpatient Coordinator
Brian Owens joined the Joseph House team last month as the outreach and outpatient coordinator and clinical counselor. He brings to our organization more than 35 years of leadership experience in the behavioral healthcare industry, including counseling, nursing, advocacy, administrative and management.
“Mental health affected me in a very personal way,” recalls Owens. “My older brother, who was battling major depressive disorder, committed suicide over 30 years ago. He was caring and brilliant, and he was my best friend. I wanted to understand the cause of his suffering and prevent it from happening to others. So, I have dedicated my life to serving those who suffer from addictions and mental health issues in hopes of providing them a brighter future.”
Owens has received numerous honors during his career. Some of those include the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI Walks Champion, Ohio Hospital Association’s Mental Health Parity Champion, Butler County Mental Health Board’s Ray of Hope Award, The Christ Hospital’s Above and Beyond Award, Customer Service Superstar Award and Dr. Howard Fabing’s Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Nursing.
“I have a passion to help serve our veterans who have fought for our nation and have sacrificed so much.”
Owens has a Master of Arts in community counseling and a Bachelor of Science in nursing, both from the University of Cincinnati. He has an RN diploma degree from The Christ Hospital School of Nursing and Health. He also is a licensed professional clinical counselor and a registered nurse in the state of Ohio.
“I am excited to join the Joseph House team and am so impressed with their dedication and service to the mission,” Owens shares. It’s my goal to increase awareness of our efforts so more veterans can get the help that they so desperately need.”
And military service hits close to home for Owens – his dad was a World War II veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and is a Purple Heart recipient. Additionally, he has many friends and relatives who have served in our armed forces.
“My dad was from The Greatest Generation. He rarely spoke about the war, but when he did, he would get choked up discussing his comrades who died in combat. He wasn’t in service to serve himself, but to serve our country and others. I try my best to follow his example.”
Owens is very active in the community, volunteering with various organizations. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is married with three grown boys, three dogs and a cat.