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Behavioral Health Employee Retires after 28 Years with PathPoint

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Santa Barbara, CA - After twenty-eight years working with PathPoint, Behavioral Health Case Manager Steve Luick is retiring. Steve received a Bachelor’s Degree from University of California Santa Barbara in History and later earned a teaching credential. His background in education served him well when he began his career with PathPoint in 1989 as a Consumer Instructor for the Day Program at PathPoint’s Santa Barbara Division. Within this position, he taught life skills to adults living with developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses. After years proving his strong work ethic and expertise, he became the supervisor of PathPoint’s Day Program.

After a while, Steve became very comfortable in his position, so he decided to seek a new challenge. He felt called to PathPoint’s Mental Health Program, where he worked in support services. Not long after, he became the Supervisor of the Supported Services Program including overseeing Heath House, a supported housing location in Santa Barbara. After a restructuring of the Mental Health division in 2008, Steve received the opportunity to serve as Case Manager, a position he referred to as his favorite of them all. He enjoyed being in the field to provide one-on-one support to his caseload of mental health clients and loves the challenge of problem solving with his clients. He has continued to serve as Case Manager up until his retirement.

Steve’s departure has been bittersweet, for his clients and coworkers alike. He has worked with many of his clients for well over a decade. For many of them, he is the most consistent and reliable individual in their lives. Steve’s coworkers remember him fondly, including Patty Enger, PathPoint’s current CFO. When asked to provide commentary on Steve, she said, “He is a heck of a good guy.” Jennifer Newbold, PathPoint Vice President and Director of Behavioral Health, can attest to that. Jennifer described Steve as “reliable, experienced, unassuming, and a deeply valued member of our team. I appreciate his sense of humor and commitment to service”. While working at PathPoint, Jennifer has worked alongside Steve since 1989; even shared an office at one point. Jennifer added, “His compassionate dedication to his clients and his professional demeanor are impressive and well-known to those who work in mental health services in Santa Barbara… PathPoint clients and staff are fortunate to benefit from his years of service. I will miss him, but am so pleased for his well-deserved retirement.”