About Us

About CDI

CDI, Inc. (Chemical Dependency Intervention Services) was formed in 2005 by Jonathan Rauch to provide ethically sound treatment solutions to concerned families and friends in crisis, and offer professional support to those coping with a loved one’s addictive behaviors, alcohol and drug use, and/or mental health disorders.

We work with families throughout the entire treatment process, from crisis to wellness.

CDI is dedicated to helping families save the lives of those who are struggling with addiction by providing intervention, treatment placement, case management and other services to ensure that loved ones get the help they need. We connect our clients with professional treatment and rehabilitation for substance abuse problems and co-occurring disorders.

About Jonathan

“I love my work. I love to help families. My job is to open the door and get people to treatment.”

Jonathan Rauch, LMSW, CASAC-T, CIP

Jonathan is one of the most respected interventionists in the field, having facilitated over 1,000 interventions with an extremely high success rate. He is known for his professional approach and case management skills, as well as the pure passion and enthusiasm he brings to his work. His energy and positive attitude carry over to the families and friends struggling with a troubled loved one, giving them the confidence that something CAN be done that getting help for a loved one is possible.

He works effectively with all ages, both male and female. He has worked in residential and intensive outpatient programs treating adults, young adults, and adolescents.

Jonathan is Board Certified, has a B.A. in Psychology and received his Masters in Social Service from Fordham University. Jonathan is a Licensed Social Worker, a Substance Abuse Counselor, and a Certified Intervention Professional. He is very active with the Association of Intervention Specialists (AIS) and is currently serving as treasurer of the association. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Neil Harman

Neil’s ten+ years of experience in the field has provided him with a deep and thorough understanding of how the process of recovery works.

Neil was formally the Program Director of Release Recovery where he was recruited to help build, oversee, and lead the expansion of their New York City Men’s division. Prior to that he provided patient support as a Clinical Aid at Ashley Addiction Treatment — one of the nation’s top legacy addiction treatment programs. Neil has worked in various roles including House Manager, Intake Specialist, Client Services Manager, Business Development & Outreach Coordinator; throughout this time specializing in working with young adults.

Neil also knows the recovery process firsthand from his own experience with substance abuse. He began his journey to recovery at age nineteen. This journey has given him the capacity to identify and connect with young adults in need of substance abuse and mental health treatment.

Neil has had the opportunity to work, learn and grow from interactions with some of the nation’s top mental healthcare professionals – including therapists, interventionists, psychiatrists, and business owners. This exposure has enabled Neil to expand his clinical skill set and institute a wide variety of approaches to navigate the many nuances of each individual client and family.

He graduated magna cum laude from New York University earning a BA degree in Social Sciences and has received training in Motivational Interviewing, CRAFT, ARISE, and directly supervised by LCSW’s, CIP’s and MD’s.

Neil has gained a reputation in the substance abuse and mental health field for simply doing the next right thing and always, under all circumstances, operating with honesty and integrity.

In his free time, Neil loves seeing live music and going to see the Brooklyn Nets, is likely planning his next tattoo, and is a marathon runner.

Alana Kantor, LMSW, RYT

Alana received her B.A. in Psychology and Public Health from Muhlenberg College and then went on to obtain her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. Alana is a Licensed Social Worker, substance abuse counselor and registered yoga instructor. She believes a foundational piece of recovery is developing appropriate individual, familial and structural support systems. Helping her clients to incorporate these central components into the recovery process is what drives Alana’s passion for the work she does.

Alana has experience working with a variety of populations within the substance use and mental health fields. She has worked in a variety of settings including: inpatient detox and rehab and intensive outpatient programs, along with outpatient mental health programs.

Alana believes that recovery is a collaborative process and allows one to increase self-awareness, gain new perspectives, and increase personal strengths. Through her work, she strives to foster a safe space where clients gain insight into how their experiences have impacted them utilizing various therapeutic approaches.

Alana is a native New Yorker where she resides with her husband and two fur babies.

Genna Gottschalk

Genna Gottschalk has worked with Jonathan Rauch as an interventionist and recovery coach since 2017 and is an integral part of the CDI team. She brings professionalism and dedication to the mission of CDI and upholds the standards that have made CDI a leader in its field.

Genna approaches each client with whom she engages on a person-to-person basis, recognizing that the needs of the family and their loved one are truly distinct and require a specialized course of action. She engages the loved one with compassion and respect, and supports them and their families in every step of the process.

Genna has experience in working with individuals of all ages – as an interventionist, a recovery coach and companion. She has worked with clients who represent a variety of addiction and mental health issues. This has given her a working knowledge of how to reach clients who are struggling with a wide range of diagnosis
and maladaptive behaviors.

Her diligence is reflected in every aspect of the work she does for CDI, and in the individualized care she provides to her clients.

Genna is a PACE Certified Intervention Professional (CIP) and a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach. She is a member of Association of Intervention Specialist (AIS) and sits on the board of the association. She is currently pursuing a MSW at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York City.

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