OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jonathan Vernick, MS, Executive Director

Jonathan Vernick began working for Baker Places in 1983 as Program Director of the Baker Street residential treatment program. In 1986 he became the  agency’s first Clinical Director and was subsequently promoted to Executive Director in 1991. He was responsible for developing the City’s first dually diagnosed residential treatment programs focused on individuals with both mental health and substance use problems. 

Mr. Vernick initiated the creation of residential programs for people with HIV/AIDS in combination with addiction and mental health issues. Under Jonathan’s leadership he worked with the Department of Public Health to create the first community based medical detox program in the state.

He received his BA from George Washington University and a Master’s of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Francisco State.