Chris Kelley: Residential Program Director for Newport Academy


Chris Kelley

Chris Kelley has many years’ experience working directly with teens and young adults recovering from mental health concerns. Before joining the Newport Academy team, Chris was a recovery specialist at the Center for Motivation and Change. In addition, he also served as assistant manager of Beckley House in Canaan, Connecticut, a sober-living residence. Chris is certified as a recovery coach and recovery coach trainer through the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery. Also, he is currently enrolled in the Addictions Counseling Education Program of the College of Advancing and Professional Studies at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Newport Academy…in his own words

“The truly individualized approach that the Newport Academy team takes with each resident is like nothing I’ve experienced before. The relentless dedication and passion that every member of the staff brings day in and day out is truly inspiring—the compassion and dedication of the direct care staff, the immense knowledge and expertise of the clinical and medical staff, the incredible hard work every day of the operations staff, the love the kitchen staff puts into every meal, and the leadership and support of the management. This is truly a place where everyone genuinely and sincerely cares about the well-being of one another, staff and residents alike.” —Chris Kelley

Select Achievements

  • Certified Recovery Coach and Recovery Coach Trainer

  • Certified in CPR, Automated External Defibrillator, Medication Administration, and Crisis Prevention Intervention