Darrell Mitchell is an accomplished business driver whose entrepreneurial instincts and clarity of vision have carried multiple companies through rapid and continuous growth throughout his thirty plus year career. He has spent the last several years impacting change at the state and national level in the recovery residence space. He is the Founder of the Indiana Affiliation of Recovery Residences (INARR) and the Vice President of the NARR Board of Directors. In 2017, Mitchell was instrumental in the drafting and passing of legislation which placed Recovery Housing standards into Indiana Law.
Mitchell is the President and CEO of Progress House, an Aspire Indiana Health company. Progress House has been in business for 59 year and is Indiana’s oldest and largest Recovery Residence. A person in long-term recovery, Mitchell serves on local, state, and national recovery and mental health boards and committees, and also speaks at local and national conferences and events.
In 2016, Mental Health America of Indiana presented Mitchell with the “Heroes for Recovery Consumer Advocate Award’. In 2018, he was presented with the prestigious “Leadership Award” by the Indiana Housing & Community Development and the Indiana Affordable Housing Council.
In 2019 the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture asked Mitchell to author a paper to appear in “The Rural Community Action Guide”. The RCAG has been distributed nationally to equip rural leaders with critical information from lessons learned on the frontlines of prevention, treatment and recovery in rural America. In January 2020, Mitchell was invited to the White House to attend ONDCP’s launch of the Rural Community Action Guide and to meet with senior leaders.
Darrell is a person in long term recovery and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Addictions Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University and will complete his MBA with a specialization in Health Care Administration in July 2021.