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An established advocate for homeless services, Scott Ackerson utilizes his experience in community organization, program development and direct social work practice to implement community-based solutions. Using person-centered care and trauma-informed practice, Scott provides communities with the technical assistance needed to create integrated and collaborative systems of care – applying evidence-based practices to maximize client outcomes and generate significant cost diversion.
Prior to joining HMA, Scott provided clinical and programmatic oversight for Haven for Hope, a campus for homeless services with over 1,000 beds in Bexar County. Scott coordinated services and resources among continuum of care organizations, including developing a community-wide strategic housing plan. He oversaw social service operations, workforce development, and supportive housing programs. Scott piloted a peer support integration program that has been replicated across the country, and conceptualized a nationally recognized jail diversion program for people experiencing homelessness.
While working for Haven for Hope, Scott was also vice president of community transformation services at the Center for Health Care Services (CHCS), a community mental health center in San Antonio. He managed behavioral health services on the Haven for Hope campus, as well as an innovative integrated care clinic that provided care to chronically homeless individuals.
Scott championed addiction and mental health recovery programs for both Haven for Hope and CHCS. He oversaw partner relations and strategic community development – particularly in the areas of permanent housing and healthcare for people experiencing homelessness. In his government relations role, Scott advocated for legislation that became the Healthy Community Collaborative program, providing $27 million in funding for people experiencing homelessness and mental illness throughout Texas. Scott also created the In-House Recovery Program, an addiction recovery for people experiencing homelessness and the first treatment program that focused solely on the homeless population.
Prior to his career in homeless recovery services, Scott worked for 20 years in child welfare services, including opening a trauma-informed residential treatment center in San Antonio. He received the inaugural Rama Ramanathan National Commitment to Service Award for his innovative work with young adults emancipating from foster care.
Scott is an adjunct professor of social work specializing in cultural competency and macro-level social work practice at Our Lady of the Lake University. He continues to serve on local boards in Bexar County and chairs the Street2Feet board, a 5K training program for people experiencing homelessness.
Scott received a master’s degree in social work from Our Lady of the Lake University and a bachelor’s degree in social work at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. He is a licensed master of social work.
Scott played college football and continues to stay active through running – completing over 20 half marathons over the past several years. Many of his weekends are spent driving around Texas, bringing his son to rugby tournaments.