Alan has since November, 2007 served as the Director of the Bureau of Adult Services of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). The Bureau oversees the Protective Services for Adults and the Family Type Home for Adults programs. Alan previously was an Associate Attorney for the New York State Department of Health, heading up the Long-Term Care Group of the Bureau of House Counsel, and dealing with legal issues relating to Assisted Living, Adult Care Facilities, Nursing Homes, and Home Care, among other areas. He also previously served as a Senior Attorney for the former New York State Department of Social Services, representing the agency in the areas of Protective Services for Adults, Adult Care Facilities/Assisted Living and Homeless Housing, serving as counsel to the Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation. He is a 1977 graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University (B.A.) and a 1980 graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law (J.D.)
In his current life since his “retirement” in 2015, Paul has continued to share his passion for APS and APS training, actively consulting and conducting training on APS and Domestic Violence across the nation in 28 states and 43 cities. Mr. Needham was selected to be a member of the Oklahoma State Council on Aging 2015 and recently was elected the Chair in 2020. Also, in 2015, Mr. Needham was selected to be a part of the project team for ACL’s first National Voluntary Consensus Guidelines for state APS systems. Paul served on the Executive Advisory Council for the National Staff Development and Training Association from 2010-2018. In 2013 Mr. Needham became a member of the G-10 Steering committee for the National Link Coalition (NLC) and was the original coordinator/facilitator for the Oklahoma Link Coalition that he helped to form in June of 2014. Paul serves as the Chair of the NAPSA Education Committee and is a member of NAPSA’s Board of Directors.