Mr. Louis E. Wagner, Jr. is the executive director of SpiritLife, a start-up non-profit drug
and alcohol treatment facility located on a 208 acre campus outside Indiana, Pa.
SpiritLife is a faith-based, non-denominational organization, operating a 44 bed inpatient,
non-hospital facility that provides short-term detoxification treatment, residential treatment and rehabilitative services for adults suffering from substance use disorders.
SpiritLife supports all pathways to long-term recovery and offers a progressive, holistic network of programs and resources aimed at promoting personal and family renewal, social reintegration and long-term spiritual, mental and physical recovery for those afflicted and affected by addictions. SpiritLife opened its treatment facilities in October 2015 and will have cared for over 700 clients in its first year of operation.
Wagner is a member of the Ongoing Task Force convened in 2014 by David J. Hickton, U.S Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, to study and develop a plan to reduce the epidemic levels of opioid deaths and increase effective action in the areas of prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery. On September 29, 2014, this group submitted its final report and recommendations to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. These recommendations contributed to the framework for President Obama's proposal to congress for $1.1 billion in new funding to address the prescription opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic and to the comprehensive "DEA 360 Strategy" currently deployed in Western PA (as one of five pilot areas nationally) to improve coordination among law enforcement, diversion control (drug manufacturers, practitioners and pharmacists) and community organizations and resources.
Wagner was invited to serve as a member of a Roundtable Panel made up of state and local officials, law enforcement, emergency responders and other treatment professionals convened by Governor Tom Wolf in Indiana to discuss initiatives, funding and treatment capacity needed to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis in Pennsylvania.
Prior to SpiritLife, Wagner worked had a 20 year career in the corporate sector working as executive vice president and general counsel for KEYWELL L.L.C., Chicago, Ill., as well as counsel for ARMCO, Inc., in Pittsburgh.
He holds a bachelor of art degree, in political science from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, and a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law. He resides in Venetia, Pa.