Karen Muniz joined Outreach in September 2017 to oversee all clinical programs and staff at Outreach’s Bellport facility. At the Long Island-based facility, Outreach serves more than 250 clients through the Adolescent, Evening Adult and Women’s Day Outpatient Programs.
Muniz has nearly 20 years of experience in behavioral and mental health services with a specialty in adolescent psychology. Previously, she was Campus Director at Phoenix House, providing clinical, operational and fiscal oversight for a residential substance abuse treatment program for men and women. She also spent a year as Clinical Director at The Jewish Board, overseeing a large clinic that provided mental health services to 770 individuals. Muniz spent most of her career with FEGS Health and Human Services in a range of roles from Social Worker to Clinic Manager. Her work at FEGS focused on children, adolescents and adults including individuals with HIV/AIDS, substance use disorder and severe mental health issues.
Among her accomplishments, Muniz helped grow a FEGS program into a robust offering for children and adolescents with HIV/AIDS. Through her efforts, she developed and launched a teen speakers bureau that empowered HIV-infected youth to “tell their story” to hospital workers, school-aged children, parents, and other members of the community.
Muniz received her Master of Social Work from Fordham University and her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from SUNY at Stony Brook. A practicing mental health therapist for adolescents and adults, Muniz has had a private practice since 2001.
Muniz is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, and is SIFI accredited from Adelphi University. She is a volunteer with the Congregational Church of Patchogue’s Committee for Family and Children.
The clinical team here has passion and dedication, and are so excited and eager to grow clinically. All of them speak to why I entered the field years ago.