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kerrdavid032110_optDavid Kerr established Integrity House, the nationally recognized premier provider of substance abuse treatment and support services, in 1968 in one of the toughest inner cities, Newark, N.J.

This important work emanated from David's experiences as a New Jersey State Parole Officer and as a response to the growing heroin epidemic.

In 1981, Kerr authored the first national definition of the Therapeutic Community treatment modality, and today Integrity House stands as a national and international prototype for drug addiction recovery. This model includes a five-year process of residential and outpatient treatment for men and women, transitional housing, adolescent male treatment, residential methadone reduction, job readiness, intervention, health outreach, education, counseling and medical care. It is designed not only to treat the acute disease of addiction, but to foster personal growth by changing an individual's behavior and lifestyle through a highly structured community of people working together to help themselves and each other.

More recently, Integrity House has instituted its Initiative for Women & Children, which offers new and larger facilities and strategies to address the unique challenges and obstacles encountered by female addicts, especially those with children.

Realizing that the problem of substance abuse requires a full family and community interest, in 1999, David inspired the creation of a community consortium called the Bridge to Recovery. Other community projects David has driven include the United Way Vision Council, an ex-offender re-entry program with the Newark Office of the Mayor, and the Bradley Court Initiative, which goes right to the streets to address drug outreach and prevention.

Integrity House, now with locations in Newark and Secaucus, N.J., provides treatment and services to 1,400 addicts per year, to reclaim their lives, health and personal dignity. Kerr has been appointed co-chair to The Mayor's Task Force on Addiction in Newark and is recognized on a local, state and national level as a leader in drug addiction recovery.

David holds a B.A. in Psychology from Lehigh University and a M.A. in Sociology from the New School for Social Research. David is married to Linda Kerr, and they have three children and three grandchildren.