History and Background
On June 30th of 2017, after an illustrious forty year career serving the public in Piscataquis County, Richard M. Brown retired from his position as Chief Executive Officer of the Charlotte White Center a social services and healthcare non-profit.
Mr. Brown forged a highly effective and efficient team at the Charlotte White Center. Together they carried out the work of caring, supporting, and partnering with people and populations who were challenged by situations in life that had held them back from reaching their full potential. The primary mission of the Charlotte White Center was dedicated to providing support for adults, children. and families affected by behavioral health needs, intellectual / developmental disabilities, acquired brain injuries, domestic violence prevention and work in the corrections system.
Mr. Brown through his company Richard M. Brown Consulting, LLC brings his forty years of experience and skills to the forefront to assist you and your company in a variety of ways. RMBrown Consulting is Mr. Brown’s recognition that there is still great work to be done and many more challenges to be faced. Mr. Brown’s career has provided him with a wide variety of experiences and skill development that all contribute to his unique ability to perceive networking and community building opportunities that can develop, strengthen and stabilize long term solutions to tough situations.
Richard M. Brown Consulting will continue to carry on a lifelong legacy of promoting the highest standards of quality, creativity in business and leadership development, relationship building and strategic positioning, to meet the many new and complex challenges facing social service and health care providers, that have been the hallmark of Mr. Brown’s successful career.
Mr.Brown is a skilled speech writer and used his expertise in this area to bring many educational and powerful testimonies with the Maine State Legislature. Upon his retirement the Maine State Legislature awarded him a testament for his meaningful career work in the field of partnering with people with disabilities.
Whether it was a young child with mental health concerns, who was gently coached to learn not to fear the world, to re- engage in his grammar school and begin to trust others and finally have friends. The young man recovering from a brain injury who started in the hospital, moved to a group home, then to an individual apartment and then back out on his own again. The mother who had lost contact with all her family and had attempted suicide on three occasions who learned to value herself again, found confidence to re-enter society transformed her self-image, rediscovered her lost talent for art; found meaning and purpose in her community and reestablished loving relationships with her parents and her children. This was the transformative service world that Richard Brown created through collaboration, good networking, trust and empathy, that made a positive difference in the lives of people who came to the Charlotte White Center seeking assistance.
In his present role Mr. Brown offers coaching and mentorship to new and existing Chief Executive Officers and Senior Staff. His expertise extends to team building with front line staff and connecting all levels of company operations to pursue excellence every day.
He created numerous initiatives during his career to enlist the help and support of a wide network of community members and stakeholders. The LifeJackets After School Program that worked with local school systems and engaged twelve to fifteen year olds in academic and outdoor Maine woods skills was named the number one exemplary after school program. The collaboration of two outpatient clinical practices into one team blending the Charlotte White Center and the local Mayo Regional Hospital outpatient clinics into one community resource that enriched the mental health resources in Piscataquis County. The development of the a local Piscataquis Regional Crisis Intervention Team which connected both local Law Enforcement and Emergency Medical Services together in a mental health intervention training was one of the first in the country to enroll both public safety services into one effective team training.
Mr. Brown has been repeatedly invited to lecture at Eastern Maine Community College and the University of Southern Maine on leadership skills and “boots on the ground” practical approaches to making things work. A litany of metaphors and anecdotes about his life and business experiences termed, “Brown’s Maxims”, is a very popular review of good approaches to engagement with your own self reflections and connections with others upon whom you rely.
Richard M. Brown Consulting will work directly with you to gain a clear understanding of what the challenges are you wish to address, to work closely with you and your team to identify accessible and attainable solutions that can be adapted to the uniqueness of your needs, your team, your community or your company.
The Transition: Retirement from one world opening the door to another.
Mr. Brown’s retirement was met with a tremendous outpouring of sentiment and support for his contributions to the world of healthcare and social services throughout Maine. The recognitions included a legislative sentiment from the Maine State Legislature, a recognition of ‘Richard M. Brown Day’ by the Piscataquis County Commissioners and the dedication of the CWC Administration building in his name.
These awards recognize the special relationships, dedication, and commitment that arose among the many staff, supporters and clients of the Charlotte White Center’s services under Mr. Brown’s administration. Starting in 1979 with only four staff and fifteen clients Mr. Brown was able to create a team and a community that used their talents and skills to build a very successful company that grew to include annual services to over twelve hundred individuals, including one hundred residential beds, and numerous service options provided by a staff of over four hundred people. These services created long lasting partnerships with individuals and families affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities, behavioral health needs, acquired brain injuries, domestic violence issues and work in the corrections system.
Mr. Brown has also served his community as an Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic for over forty years. During that time he rose to the rank of Captain on the squad of Mayo Regional Hospital. He has continued his interest and skills in emergency medical services and community health. He holds an active Paramedic License with the State of Maine. In 2001 he was recognized by the Maine State Emergency Medical Services with a Lifetime EMS Achievement Award.
Additional Experience, Awards, and Recognitions
Lewis and Clara Lamont Award for Leadership and Advocacy for People with Acquired Brain Injuries 2017
Pete Myrick Award for Community Service, Piscataquis Economic Development Council, 2014
Maine Development Foundation Non-Profit Champion of Economic Development, 2009
Maine After School Network, Number One, Exemplary After School Program, 2009
Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center Outstanding Achievement Award, 2009
National Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Conference Presenter 2005 -2012
Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence – Community Partner Award, 2008
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill- Community Service Award, 2006
Maine Emergency Medical Services Lifetime Achievement Award, 2001