The Reminiscences of Jean Scott
Biography: Jean Scott was born in Brooklyn and was raised by her grandmother. Heroin addiction led to a series of arrests in the late 1960s, and her parole officer referred her to Phoenix House. After completing her treatment, she became a house director on Hart Island and at Phelan Place, after which she headed the purchasing department. Beginning in the early 1980s, she was promoted to be assistant clinical director, working with Kevin McEneaney. In this position, she was instrumental in the opening of prison programs in Texas, New York and California. She retired from Phoenix House in 2008.
Keywords: Phoenix House; New York City; Brooklyn; substance abuse; substance abuse treatment; Coney Island; Phelan Place; prison; Department of Corrections; purchasing; Marcy Correctional Facility; Utica, NY; Texas; IMPACT; Saratoga Inn program; Step One program; Kevin McEneaney; California; Jack Klemp; John Wolowski; Howard Meitiner; Pat Spellman; Synanon; therapeutic community; heroin; crack epidemic; Hart Island; clinical work; education; adolescents; occupational training curriculum