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County HHS Director Jonathan Rubin Honored for Work in Behavioral Health

May 7, 2019

Contact: Larry R. King, 215-348-6413, lrking@buckscounty.org

Bucks County Housing and Human Services Director Jonathan E. Rubin, whose work long has centered on helping the vulnerable, needy and marginalized, was honored Monday in Harrisburg as the second recipient of the statewide Dennis Marion Impact Award. Rubin1

The award, presented by Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller, recognizes a local or state government employee whose achievements have made an outstanding contribution in the area of behavioral health.

“Jonathan Rubin has helped vulnerable populations in Bucks County and Pennsylvania for nearly 30 years,” Miller said, “and we are grateful for his leadership and dedication to bettering lives through behavioral health and human services programs.” Rubin2

The award was established in honor of Dennis Marion, former Deputy Secretary for DHS’s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, who died unexpectedly in 2017. Marion also served Cumberland County for 31 years as county administrator, director of the Drug and Alcohol Commission, and director of the Office of Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities.

Rubin began his career in 1990 as a social worker, supervisor and then manager with the Bucks County Department of Children and Youth. After leaving to pursue other child welfare-related positions, he returned to county government in 2014 as director of the Housing and Human Services Division.

There he has worked creatively and effectively to help children and their families, the homeless, those who struggle with substance abuse and mental health issues, the underemployed, victims of child abuse and domestic violence, and many others in need of human services assistance.

The full text of the 2019 Dennis Marion Impact Award Presentation to Rubin can be read here.