The President & Chief Executive Officer develops and directs a strategy to advance the organization's vision, mission and values. In the regional, state and national arenas, position the organization at the forefront of the industry leaders. Ensure that organizational services and objectives are responsive to and in alignment with current and anticipated market forces. Direct the effective and efficient operation of participation and administrative services. Identify and initiate new business opportunities and develop strategies to attract resources to generate independent financial support. Foster an environment that sustains an engaged and effective board of directors that excels in fiduciary, development and consultative responsibilities.
A successful candidate for the President & CEO position will possess, at minimum, significant years of relevant and demonstrated leadership experience including but not limited to the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
• Passion for MHP’s mission, vision and values; thorough understanding and demonstrated commitment (including “lived experience”) to the delivery of and advocacy for public sector behavioral health services and programs consistent with the principles of peer recovery and resilience
• Superior business acumen, business development, strategic planning and financial/P & L management and leadership skills;
• Demonstrated executive/operational leadership track record and experience within a nonprofit, governmental system, behavioral/mental healthcare and/or for-profit concern • Excellent data driven decision-making capabilities and orientation coupled with a belief in and commitment to innovation, creativity, and performance, results and outcome metrics; solutions-oriented and continuous business and process improvement focus
• Solid understanding of managed care principles, including delivery system organization, financial issues, program development, utilization management, network management, quality improvement, and consumer/community roles and responsibilities
• Impeccable platform presentation, communication, negotiation, persuasiveness and diplomatic skills; sincere commitment to and focus on staff mentorship, coaching and career/personal development
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Mental Health Partnerships was founded, and continues to thrive, on the basic principle that people with mental health conditions can and do recover because they have the resilience to direct their own journeys in overcoming significant adversity. And while recovery—in all its different forms and paths—is possible for all, there’s a greater chance for recovery in the context of an informed, caring community with family, friends and peers involved.
Based on this conviction, we’ve spearheaded changes over six decades that have helped transform mental health services locally, statewide and across the country—all to be more responsive to the priorities set by those served.
Not only did our organization play a key role in shutting down state mental hospitals, we ensured that over a hundred million dollars was then infused into community-based mental health services. A big part of that was the creation of Community Behavioral Health (CBH), a city-run entity established to manage behavioral health services under HealthChoices—Pennsylvania’s mandatory managed care plan for Medical Assistance recipients—for some 450,000 Philadelphians who receive Medicaid. And MHP advocacy was vital... to the successful effort in the late 1990s to prevent the takeover of CBH by for-profit managed care organizations.
MHP was also the first in the Pennsylvania to provide peer-to-peer mental health services from neighborhood drop-in centers, which have evolved into our recovery learning centers, based on what used to be considered a radical idea: that people in recovery could help others with mental health conditions in their respective paths toward recovery by example and through mutual support.
Since establishing ourselves as a nonprofit in 1951 as the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, we now provide more than 40 direct services not just in Philadelphia and the four surrounding counties, but also in South Jersey and the State of Delaware. We also provide training and technical assistance across the Commonwealth and conduct advocacy work at the state and national levels.
Because of our proven self-help/mutual support approach to mental health, we also play an increasing role in a healthcare system that is rapidly shifting responsibility for health care management to users of services.
Our growing geographic reach and expansive leadership propelled the evolution of our organization's name to simply Mental Health Partnerships earlier this year.