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Stacy & CFHS in the news,
The Looking Out Series & More


Article Feature

Inside The Competitive But Fragmented

World of IDD Dealmaking

“Having run and operated within all verticals of behavioral health, IDD is the most complex from an investor standpoint, but also in many ways from an operator standpoint,” Stacy DiStefano, CEO of Consulting for Human Services, told Behavioral Health Business during a panel talk at INVEST 2023. “It’s the most fragmented of all the providers.”

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Press Release

Boundless and Koinonia Homes Become Largest Provider of I/DD Services in Ohio

Columbus, OH (September 6, 2023) – I Am Boundless, Inc. and Koinonia Homes have signed a definitive agreement and intend to become one organization by October 1, 2023. Koinonia Homes and I Am Boundless combined will create Ohio’s largest nonprofit intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and waiver provider and become one of Ohio’s top five largest health and human service organizations.



Adam Douglas: The Space Where Opportunity Lies

Adam Douglas discusses The Space Where Opportunity Lies. He kicks of his talk with an impactful quote, "Just as easily as you can create an inferno, you can be left with the ashes of a missed opportunity."

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Press Release

Northwestern Enterprises Acquires Consulting for Human Services (CFHS), LLC

Northwestern Enterprises, an affiliate of Merakey, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Consulting for Human Services (CFHS), LLC. Stacy DiStefano will remain in her role as CEO and will leverage the new investment to expand the team and streamline administrative services. This partnership will pair the industry leadership of DiStefano with the strong mission and purpose of elevating the consulting experience for organizations of all sizes and geographies in the sector. 


The Principal Post

CUES AND VIEWS: Consulting for Human Services Founding Principal Stacy DiStefano, in brief

Stacy's personal insights, influences, passions, tastes, traits and big ideas, all in an engaging two minute read.

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MPT & Your Community, with Stacy DiStefano

Stacy chats helping people with disabilities to live empowered and enriched lives on MPT.


Article Feature

‘We’ve Got To Do More’: Providers Seek To Close Gap In Mental Health Care For Neurodiverse People

“Sometimes we look at folks who are neurodiverse or [have] an IDD diagnosis as having a different ability to feel than the general population and that’s not true,” Stacy DiStefano, CEO of Consulting for Human Services, told Behavioral Health Business. “They just need a different kind of provider that understands the nuances that go with that diagnosis.”

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Press Release

ANCOR Announces New Collaboration with Consulting for Human Services to Connect 
Community I/DD Providers with Industry Insights, Discounted Consulting Services

CHICAGO, IL April 25, 2023 —This morning, Barbara Merrill, chief executive officer for ANCOR, announced at the association’s Annual Conference the launch of a new collaboration with Consulting for Human Services (CFHS), a leading advisor in the human services sector. 

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Philadelphia Style Magazine

Dynamic Women: Stacy DiStefano

Stacy DiStefano is the CEO of Consulting for Human Services (CFIS), a firm she says was founded to provide a more concierge experience than the big firms deliver. DiStetano has worked in behavioral health for decades, from entry level to C-suite executive. In addition to her professional background, DiStefano has navigated the system in support of her children across pediatric oncology, addiction treatment, mental health and neurodiversity. "Using that history. I can braid an understanding of clinical programming, market intelligence and funding nuances into meaningful guidance for my clients." she says. "Better outcomes for individuals who receive services are at the core of everything we do."

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Social Innovations Journal

The Rose-ColoredBalance Sheet: Why Human Service OrganizationsShould Prepare for the Post Pandemic Reality

As the fiscal year comes to a close, provider organizations in the human services space should be cautious about how they view their balance sheets while staying laser-focused on a strategy to thrive in a post-pandemic funding environment.

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CapGrow Partners

Topics of Impact | Behavioral health provider growth and operation changes

Stacy discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the I/DD and the behavioral health industry in three major ways: the broader introduction of telehealth, increased M&A activity, and fatigue of management teams.


Looking Out for Human Services


An interview series moderated by Stacy DiStefano (CFHS), featuring conversations between Deb Adler (Navigator) and other innovative minds from the Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Care industry. Each piece will briefly cover what’s new, what’s still challenging and what trends we can expect to see over the next year in behavioral health and SUD treatment.

↓ Read the latest installment ↓

Looking Out for Human Services: Leadership Insights, An Interview Series with Stacy DiStefano and De
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