DBT40 Honoree: Amanda Levering
Title: Director of Complex Case Coordination
Workplace: Delaware Department of Health and Social Services
When someone leaves their hometown for a job, it’s rare they come back. But for Amanda Levering, she knew she wanted to take the skills she learned back to the First State. After graduating from the University of Delaware, she worked as an addiction counselor, traveled to Nicaragua with the Peace Corps and later as a victim advocate at the Delaware Department of Justice.
After deciding to attend graduate school in New York City, Levering worked with young people leaving prison and their families in various organizations before eventually launching a pretrial diversion program with the Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. That program helped divert more than 9,000 people from jail.
Now working with Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), Levering has helped launch the Complex Care Unit that coordinates efforts in the government agency and health care organizations to work to mitigate long-term stays in hospitals. Since the unit started, she helped coordinate 200 case conferences, and more than 50 people were discharged.
Levering also teaches as an adjunct professor at Columbia University and Fordham University. Since 2022, she also is a grant consultant for Pan American Development Foundation, which works to address the needs of vulnerable populations in Latin America and the Caribbean. She also serves as a board member of the Reproductive Health Access Project, which focuses on embedding sexual and reproductive health care into primary care.
Levering is a 76ers fan and has recently bought a house in Wilmington. She is working on writing her memoir.