Rob McCartney, CEO

Thank you for your interest in The James Barry-Robinson Institute. For almost 90 years, this organization has maintained its deep roots as a nonprofit charitable organization, and we’re mission-focused to improve the lives of children and their families.

Over the years, our services have adapted to meet the changing needs of our community. Our founder, Frederick J. Robinson donated the majority of his estate to establish a school that would help improve the lives of children. As a devout Catholic, he was motivated by his Christian ideals to help children flourish. His benevolence remains at the core of our programs. When you walk around our campus and meet our staff, you start to understand that, for us, this is not just a job — it is a mission, and we strive daily to live up to Mr. Robinson’s gift.

Our residential treatment center’s campus retains the sense of a small college. Parents and other guests often comment on the beautiful, serene setting. And they always notice the smiles on the faces of residents and staff.

As a community partner, we also offer an evolving range of outpatient and community-based services including treatment foster care. We work closely with other nonprofit agencies locally and around the country, looking for opportunities that align with our mission to support children and families.

I have been working in the behavioral health field for more than 25 years, and as I share with many people, this is the coolest place I have ever worked. Being able to lead a group of dedicated professionals who are focused on helping children and families and knowing we are making a difference… well, it does not get much better. The Prayer of St. Francis begins, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, where there is hatred, let me sow love…” Yes, it’s more than gratifying to do this on a daily basis. I believe Mr. Robinson would be proud of his legacy. I know I am.