Craig Stenning is the Senior Vice President for the New England region and Executive Director for CWS.
Craig’s professional career spans nearly 40 years. As founder and CEO of CODAC Behavioral Health Centers in Rhode Island, Craig is credited with growing the agency to become the largest outpatient provider of recovery services in the New England region. Craig also has extensive government service, appointed in 2000, as the State of Rhode Island’s first Director for the Office of Behavioral Healthcare; in 2004, as the Director of Developmental Disabilities and in 2008, as the Director of the Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals—serving in that capacity for two different administrations. Craig is credited for implementing the “Employment First” initiative in Rhode Island, which transitioned individuals from sheltered workshops to integrated community employment.
Craig earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and his Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Rhode Island. He also received an Honorary Doctorate in Health Sciences from Rhode Island College.
Craig is the recipient of several national awards including the prestigious Kennedy-Ramstad Recovery Award and the Dole-Nyswander Substance Abuse Treatment Award. Craig lives in Richmond, Rhode Island and is an avid Yankees fan and skier.