Project Live, Inc. Hires new Executive Director


Project Live, Inc., a private, non-profit agency that provides a wide range of residential, rehabilitation, vocational, and supportive services to mental health consumers, is pleased to announce that Ross Croessmann joined the agency as Executive Director on July 1, 2016.  Croessmann’s resume includes close to 20 years of experience working with individuals who have mental health needs.  Croessmann comes to Project Live after 16 years at the Mental Health Association of Essex County.


As Executive Director, Croessmann is responsible for the overall operations of the agency including its administrative and fiscal management.  He will also be responsible for overseeing all planning, expansion and development of programs and services.  Croessmann is a seasoned advocate for those with mental health needs and he has a history of strong leadership, strategic planning, sound fiscal management and development of new housing initiatives.  These skills uniquely position Croessmann to advance the agency’s current strategic plan and expand its reach and impact.


Prior to working at Project Live Inc., Croessmann was the Director of Supportive Living Services at the Mental Health Association of Essex County.  Croessmann previously led New Jersey’s first "Aging-Out" care management program which was designed to bridge the gap between juvenile and adult behavioral health.  In 2011, he was appointed to the State of New Jersey Office of Adolescent Services Advisory Panel, he has served as the Essex County Chairman for Residential Services and is currently a member of the County of Essex Human Services Advisory Council.  He is a certified post-traumatic stress management and psychological first aid counselor.  Croessmann is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received his Masters of Social Work from Fordham University.


“I am excited for the opportunity to work with a great team at Project Live, Inc., continuing to work with the traditionally underserved mental health population in this new capacity.  Project Live has a history of industry leadership and strong partnerships.”


Project Live, Inc. provides outreach services to homeless individuals in Newark along with residential housing and permanent supportive housing with quality supportive services to 300 individuals diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness.  Project Live was incorporated in 1979, and opened its first group home in 1983.   Since that time the agency has expanded its housing stock to include twenty-four residences located throughout Essex County. 



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