Today as President and Founder of New Beginnings Wellness Programs, Phillips has been developing and presenting workshops and programs at all levels of education for 32 years. Judge Campion, first justice of the Framingham District Courts, and Jack Westcott, former principal of Keefe Tech, have been a major part of the program’s ongoing success and influence in Bill’s life. His research and expertise include adolescent behavior and adolescent alcohol and drug abuse. In 2006 Bill’s Science Based, Evidence Based program was evaluated by the Minnesota Institute of Public Health. Kevin Ringhofer, one of the key evaluators, stated that Bill’s program was unique and that he would like to see this program offered throughout the United States.
Bill Phillips, having gotten 'straight' in 1985, founded “New Beginnings Programs” in 1987 to promote awareness and acceptance of alcoholism and other dependencies as a health issue of grave concern to everyone, with major ramifications to the welfare of the community. The program helps to identify the links between school discipline, delinquency, violence and achievement. The emphasis is on young adults to make responsible decisions by providing them with current and accurate information regarding the effects and dangers of alcohol and drugs. He works closely with adults, teachers, parents, police and others to use their influence to assist young people in making healthy decisions about their futures. Bill has conducted programs in middle schools, high schools and colleges throughout the country. Locally, New Beginnings educational programs have reached an average of 80,000 students and adults per year. He earned his B.A. in psychology at West Virginia State College, with continued studies at Boston University. He is certified in alcohol and drug counseling, adolescent behaviors and intervention and prevention counseling. In addition, Bill has served as an At-Risk-Counselor for a number of high schools in Massachusetts.
He was a catalyst in development of the Framingham, Massachusetts District Court 2nd Offenders Program, which he currently directs. Bill also serves as a liaison to Juveniles At-Risk for many of the courts throughout the area. His New Beginnings Program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and in partnership with several wellness programs throughout the state. He is also a consultant for The Governors’ Alliance Against Drugs. Bill has written an educational manual for schools, parents and businesses titled, "Chemical Dependency, Assessing the Problem."