Ed Ohlinger began working in the Behavioral Healthcare industry in 1988. He started his career as a Prevention and Early Intervention Program Specialist, working with at risk adolescents at a community mental health center in Pekin, IL. Early in his career, he worked in and was responsible for the management of large scale public and private operations. For 15 years he provided community based substance abuse and mental health services in Illinois and California before later joining CRC Health Group in December 2004 as a Clinic Director in an OTP in Cedar Bluff, VA.
He is currently employed with CRC Health Group as the Regional Director of Outpatient Services, Southeast Operations. He is responsible for the management and oversight of 10 Comprehensive Treatment Centers in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia treating 5,000 patients daily.
In 2005, Ed, along with Jeff Kegley and Ophelia Selatti, joined forces to form the Virginia Association of Medication Assisted Recovery Programs. The goal of the organization was to become organized politically, develop and offer enhanced training opportunities for staff working in OTPs, and to work to fight the stigma that plagued Medication Assisted Treatment Programs and opioid dependent persons across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia became a member of AATOD in 2006 and Ed has served as Virginia’s representative on the AATOD Board of Director since 2008.
Ed’s proudest achievement was being recognized by VAMARP in 2012 as the recipient of the “Hope Bolger Award” for his long-term leadership in the association, political activism, dedication and commitment to serving opioid dependent individuals in Virginia.