Lutheran Social Services (LSS) has named Steven Lancaster as Chief Executive Officer for Krause Children’s Center, a residential treatment center for children ages 12-17 and an affiliated program of Lutheran Social Services of the South. The announcement was made by President and COO of LSS Betsy Guthrie. Lancaster brings extensive experience in psychiatric care and administration of residential children’s centers gained from similar centers around the country.
“We are thrilled to have Steve join our efforts as we work together to improve the lives of the children at Krause,” said Guthrie. “His expertise as a licensed clinical social worker with more than 25 years of experience in the executive behavioral health care industry makes him a true asset to our team. Steve is dedicated to revamping our treatment model and overall structure in order to provide the best care and help for these kids.”
As CEO, Lancaster’s focus is to continue creating clinically sophisticated residential treatment programs for these at-risk adolescents struggling with emotional and behavioral disorders.
“This is a place for children who have been removed from their homes because of extreme physical, emotional and sexual abuse,” said Lancaster. “It’s our job at Krause to ensure they get the clinical treatment they need to cope with and heal from their painful pasts effectively in order to live productive and happy lives in the future.”
Lancaster received his Bachelor of Science degree in behavioral health and science and his Master of Science degree in clinical social work from the University of Utah. Prior to joining the staff at Krause Children’s Center, Lancaster worked as an executive director for a residential treatment facility in Virginia for severely abused and neglected children ranging in age from 5-14 years old. Before that, he successfully managed multiple psychiatric residential treatment facilities in Mississippi and Utah implementing valuable programs and treatment plans to help children get the therapy they need.
“When kids come to Krause, they are at a fork in the road and often arrive with anger, fear and a sense of hopelessness and abandonment,” said Lancaster. “But during those few months that we have them on our secure campus, we work to restore their hope and offer them another chance in life and a better outlook on the future.”