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Autumn McAllister director of emergency services

autumn mcallister director emergency services

Pensacola, Fla. (Jan 4, 2024) – Autumn McAllister, LMHC-S, MCAP, is the new director of emergency services at Lakeview Center. As director, Autumn will lead the Mobile Response Team serving Circuit 1 from Escambia to Walton County, the co-responder program in collaboration with Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, and the HEART community outreach program for the homeless. Her teams will coordinate services for people experiencing behavioral health crises. Furthermore, they will go into the community to provide services in emergency rooms, schools, shelters, homes and other locations.

Most recently, Autumn served as the director of prevention and intervention services at Lakeview Center of Walton County. She managed prevention and community-based contracts, budgets and audits. In addition, she collaborated with internal and external stakeholders and payors to ensure compliance and timely, accurate reporting. Programs under her supervision included Healthy Start, PATH/SOAR, Drug Prevention and Family Support Teams.

Roles prior to director of emergency services

Autumn began her career in 2007 as a behavioral health tech. She joined Lakeview Center in 2016. Throughout her career she has worked in a variety of service areas, including as a behavioral tech in acute stabilization and detoxification units, as a psychiatric services assistant, Family Care Unit counselor, outpatient therapist, and a Family Intensive Treatment counselor and supervisor. In 2018, Autumn was a clinical supervisor of the MRT helping to implement the initial start-up of the state-funded program. Likewise, that experience complements her new position, allowing her to gain experience in supervising professional staff, conducting assessments for involuntary examinations under the Baker Act, and engaging in outreach with the community. Autumn collaborated with local military, emergency management teams, other nonprofit agencies, health departments, hospitals, and law enforcement during crises. Initiatives include coordinating crisis responses to a mass shooting event aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, Hurricane Sally, and COVID-19 protocols.

In terms of education, Autumn graduated from Troy University with a Master of Science in clinical counseling & psychology. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of West Florida. 

Learn more about Lakeview Center and services supporting those in mental health crisis at elakeviewcenter.org.