About Us

Achara Consulting Inc. is a behavioral health consulting firm that specializes in equipping behavioral health leaders with the knowledge and resources to successfully lead system and organizational transformation efforts. Our firm helps state and county leaders transform crisis-driven, behavioral health systems into effective, recovery-oriented systems of care. Dr. Achara and her team have worked at the forefront of the ROSC movement for more than a decade, accumulating experience, delivering quality, and inspiring passion for person-centered, recovery-oriented treatment and services.

Ijeoma Achara-Abrahams, PsyD


Dr. Achara-Abrahams has more than a decade of experience helping behavioral health systems move from reactive to recovery-oriented approaches. As Director of Strategic Planning at the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, Dr. Achara led Philadelphia’s cutting-edge recovery-oriented system of care (ROSC) transformation effort, which included managing the change process, designing and implementing strategies to empower people in recovery to play integral roles in systems change and to expand and integrate peer services, and aligning policies and clinical practices with a recovery-orientation. Prior to leading Philadelphia’s successful ROSC transformation, Dr. Achara was a faculty member in the Yale School of Medicine Program on Recovery and Community Health, where she supported Connecticut’s recovery transformation efforts.

Dr. Achara formed Achara Consulting in 2008 specifically to help state and local governments and provider organizations envision, plan, implement, and manage transformative approaches to implementing ROSC. A key element of her approach is working early on with an expansive set of stakeholders to develop a shared vision with widespread community support.

Paul Poplawski, PhD

System Transformation

Dr. Poplawski is a psychologist with a distinguished 45-year career of service within public mental health and substance use disorder programs. He is a thoughtful, dynamic leader who has been engaged in a variety of governmental executive roles in the transformation, planning, and implementation of clinical and recovery programs. For the last 15 years, he has focused on successfully guiding state, county, and local governments from traditional behavioral health models to recovery-oriented systems of care that are solidly undergirded by recovery- and resilience-oriented philosophies, principles, and practices. His work in Delaware, Texas, Minnesota, Montgomery and Chester Counties in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and other jurisdictions has been instrumental in redefining the nature and components of recovery-oriented programs and practices.

Kris Rusch, MFA, MPP


Kris is a skilled messaging strategist and award-winning writer of PR and technical communications that advance public discourse. Drawing on her decades of training and experience in strategic communications, behavioral health writing, and public policy, Kris helps Achara Consulting clients to document and promote their recovery-oriented system changes and ensure that their state leaders, healthcare providers, staff, and diverse public audiences receive understandable, timely, accurate, and actionable information.

Jen Sears, BA

System Transformation Initiatives

Jen excels at providing Achara Consulting clients with the guidance and tools they need to identify their system’s assets and tap into their strengths to create recovery-oriented systems of care. She brings years of experience managing the logistics of large-scale systems change and helping leaders translate their system needs, assessment data, and shared vision into concrete, achievable steps. Jen honed her system change expertise as a part of the core team that designed and coordinated the transformation of Philadelphia’s innovative behavioral health system.