About Us

What We Do

For more than four decades MHPI, Inc. and its affiliated service partner Residential Support Services, Inc. (RSSI) have provided human service and housing programs all across Massachusetts including permanent supportive housing and person-centered home care support. Our programs help hundreds of people live productive and stable lives in their own communities every month.


Leadership

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Larry Oaks

President and CEO

With twenty two years of non-profit and for profit leadership experience, Larry became the second President and CEO of MHPI in January, 2018. Most recently he was a Managing Director at the Corporation for Supportive Housing, a national non-profit that advances housing based solutions to help vulnerable people lead productive lives. Prior to CSH he served as Vice President of Housing at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in New York City, a community development financial institution with thirty one offices nationwide. Earlier in his professional life he was as a Senior Project Manager at Peabody Properties, Inc., an award winning developer of multi-family and supportive housing headquartered in Braintree, MA. For the first twelve years of his career he held a number of positions at the New York City based non-profit organization Housing and Services, Inc., including four years as Executive Director.

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Paul Lemieux

Chief Operating Officer

Paul Lemieux, Chief Operating Officer, of MHPI, Inc. (MHPI) since 2002, brings a diverse background of over 30 years of accounting and finance experience gathered through a variety of business environments. At MHPI, Paul is responsible for the overall administration of staff and operations under the direct supervision of the President/CEO. He is actively involved in strategic planning to ensure the organization’s financial strength, and directly oversees a number of areas including finance, property management, human resources, communications and development. During his time at MHPI, Paul played a major role in MHPI’s developing new housing, as well as preserving a number of MHPI’s original projects though HUD’s 223(f) program. Prior to joining MHPI, Paul held a number of senior finance positions at both private and public companies, including ABB Optical, Big & Tall Shoppes of America, Arnold Worldwide Advertising and Scandinavian Design Furniture Company, where he developed and implemented systems (both manual and automated) that enhanced operations, streamlined processes and improved bottom-line results.

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Alice L. Rose, MS, RN, ANP-BC, LNHA

Vice President and Administrator for Service Enriched Housing

Alice oversees the home care program for RSSI including provision of Skilled Nursing for Acquired Brain Injury clients, Certified Home Health Aides, Housekeepers, Adult Companions, Individual Support Workers, Resident Service Coordinators, and Personal Care Assistants in addition to other staff. Alice holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master’s Degree in Nursing, certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, and maintains a Massachusetts Nursing Home Administrator License.

Board of Directors

 

Jeanne M. McHallam, Chair

Joyce Gair

Robert S. Manasse

Clifford Robinson

Newton H. Levee


 

History of MHPI

In 1975 a group of mission-driven visionaries led by founder Sheldon D Bycoff, MHPI’s first President, and founding Directors Arlene Levee, Joyce Gair and Newt Levee, came together to establish MHPI to respond to the “de-institutionalization movement” in Massachusetts, during which time State-run psychiatric hospitals were being closed. MHPI became one of the first providers to offer services for persons with behavioral and developmental disabilities who either resided in the community or were discharged from state facilities. Our mission and energies were focused on supporting those men and women who were being re-integrated into society by providing a variety of residential and clinical support services.

One of the services the company quickly became involved in was the creation of housing. At first, the focus was on those with mental disabilities, regardless of age. Supported by a series of landmark consent decrees by the federal courts around the discharging of individuals who resided in state-run facilities, MHPI began concentrating on developing housing to support these post-hospitalized individuals.

In 1983, MHPI was one of just 26 recipients of HUD 202 funding nationally to specifically house those with mental illnesses. (This was the beginning of HUD's Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program.) Shortly thereafter, the first two of the company’s 15 facilities were occupied in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury. Since that time, the company has converted old school buildings, hospitals and Victorian homes into a variety of multifamily residences for individuals with disabilities. MHPI most recently developed projects, which were funded through a combination of federal and state grants, were designed to meet the needs of very low-income seniors aged 62 and older.

Residential Support Services, Inc. (RSSI) was created in 1999 to coincide with the opening of our Senior Living on Bellingham Hill facility to bring a broader range of supportive services to tenants in our building and to a rapidly-growing segment of the population at large.