Accomplished Executive with distinguished experience leading and managing behavioral health
programs and initiatives related to administration, fiscal, and clinical oversight. Desires a position
to continue in a leadership role within the behavioral health field leading the provider community
in outcome based, recovery focused, fiscally responsible treatment and support services.
Leadership/communication skills Person First philosophy
Fiscal strategist Evidence Based Practices
Regulatory wherewithal Medicaid expertise
Strategic planning Contract management
Implementation of Statewide Medicaid Behavioral Health - HealthChoices resulting in a 3
billion dollar program with 1.7 million eligible Pennsylvania residents.
Closure of Mayview State Hospital resulting in 225 individuals living in the community of
their choice with enhanced community treatment services and supports.
Implementation of Evidenced Based Practices (EBPs) resulting in statewide development
of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams and Certified Peer Specialists programs.
Facilitator of the statewide Outpatient Task Force inclusive of representatives from all
facets of the behavioral health arena resulting in the pending outpatient regulatory changes
and the pending changes to alleviate barriers for behavioral health/physical health
coordination of care and payment structures.
Successful team work to develop a standard service description for Drug and Alcohol
Recovery Specialists resulting in statewide application.
Implementation of Pay for Performance (P4P) initiatives resulting in the creation of
outcome focused, quality of care models that are fiscal sound for the provider service
In depth understanding of payment modalities related to Federal health care reform
resulting in models for episode of care funding, development of health homes and
alternative payment arrangements for behavioral health providers.
Executive Director , 02/2015 to 03/2016Stairways Behavioral Health Organization - Erie , PA
behavioral health non-profit organization with responsibility for 28M budget, 350 employees, 1 union.
Daily oversight of all operations.
Ongoing coordination with the Erie County and Crawford County Department(s) of Human Services.
Liaison with other community programs to further the health and wellness initiatives for residents.
Development of behavioral health programming including but not limited to telepsychiatry and the start-up of a long term structured residential facilitate (LTSR) to support CHIPP initiative with Erie County and Warren State Hospital.
Ongoing coordination with the judicial system to provide mental health and drug and alcohol services to the inmates in the Erie County prison and upon release.
Chief Executive Officer, 12/2009 to 06/2010Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Services - Warren, PA
Oversight responsibility of the JCAHO accredited 220 bed mental health facility.
Fiscal authority of a 43 million dollar budget with 7 distinct cost centers.
Personnel management of 440 employees and seven unions.
Ensured compliance with federal, state, and JCAHO requirements.
Strategic planning with Board of Trustees.
Leadership in statewide recovery initiatives to increase tenure in the community and decreased institutional care.
Community Program Manager, 05/2003 to 12/2009Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Services - Pittsburgh, PA
Leader of the Pittsburgh Field Office with oversight of 23 western region county mental health and HealthChoices programs.
Fiscal monitoring exceeding 8 million dollars.
Regulatory oversight of approximately 450 mental health licenses.
Leadership role within the Department of Public Welfare including the implementation of Community Support Plans (CSPs), state hospital/community coordination to support service area planning, and continued statewide roll-out of the HealthChoices Program.
Established and maintained ongoing supportive relationships with persons in recovery, families, advocacy groups and providers ensuring access and accountability for local behavioral health services.
Team Leader, 08/2001 to 05/2003PA Department of Public Welfare - Pittsburgh, PA
Interface with consulting groups, providers, public interest groups and legislative staff.
Team lead for the behavioral health HealthChoices program to assure program compliance.
Consultation to counties, providers, and other organizations in regard to program evaluation, performance objectives, outcomes, and improvements.
Supervised the development, implementation, and monitoring of quality management teams within the county structure.
DPW representative for local planning activities, budget reviews, policy development, and consumer satisfaction initiatives.
Master of Science:Professional Leadership for Management Non-ProfitCarlow College - Pittsburgh, PAProfessional Leadership for Management Non-Profit
Bachelor of Science:Elementary Education Social SciencesClarion University of Pennsylvania - Clarion, PAElementary Education Social Sciences
Western Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Advisory Board
Regional Physical Health/Behavioral Health Coordination Committee
HealthChoices Advisory Committee
Elliott Acres Therapeutic Horse Riding Program
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