Donald K. Mullaney, Ph.D., founder and Executive Director of Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, an internationally known addiction treatment organization, passed away on July 6th, 2002 at the age of 65 after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Debbie and his daughter Megan. His son, Sean passed away in the summer of 2011.
After starting his own recovery journey in 1983, Don began a counseling program as a private therapist in Palm Beach County. Don sought to learn as much as he could to help others and earned his bachelor's degree in 1969, followed by a MSW in 1988 and his PhD in 1996.
In January of 1997, Don realized his dream with a small 12-bed residential program known as Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, Inc. (BHOPB). This program has since grown into a 200-bed continuum of care featuring the most modern and highest-quality treatment interventions available along with the best of adjunct holistic therapies.
Throughout all of his work in the field, Don always believed in the importance of proving the effectiveness of treatment through research results, leading him to establish BHOPB’s program for research, education and training. Don shared this research with other professionals and care providers, and published several research articles over the years. He also conducted numerous workshops and training seminars for a variety of individuals and groups in the field, sharing knowledge that has helped people battle addiction over the years.
In addition to his strong belief in the importance of research, Don always had an appreciation for the importance of spirituality as well. Don felt this spirituality on a deeply personal level that he tried to incorporate into treatment at BHOPB.
According to Don,
From the earliest days of my recovery from alcoholism I had intuitively known that spirituality, a love of God beyond the words of religion, was essential. I also knew recovery involved a love of self and the people around me. At some level, I had grasped that although I struggled with my many imperfections, God had accepted me, and I wanted to take this message to my family, friends, and patients at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches. From the beginning, the treatment facility has always encompassed this spirituality.