State Behavioral Health Division Experiences Leadership Changes

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has recently announced significant changes to its behavioral health department following an organizational assessment. Ebony Clarke, who has been serving as the state’s director of behavioral health for just over a year, explained that the changes were aimed at breaking down silos within the department and promoting collaboration between different areas of focus.

As a result of the assessment, OHA has decided to eliminate the Health Systems Division and establish two new divisions: Behavioral Health and Medicaid. Clarke will now oversee three deputy directors to ensure a more integrated approach to healthcare services. No employees were terminated as part of this restructuring, which took effect on April 1.

Sejal Hathi, OHA’s newly appointed director, acknowledged that filling six key leadership positions currently being filled by interim executives would be challenging but remained optimistic about the department’s ability to attract top talent. Hathi also highlighted the need for a dental director for the Oregon Health Plan and encouraged anyone who knew qualified candidates to reach out to OHA.

Overall, these changes reflect OHA’s commitment to improving behavioral health services and enhancing coordination within the department.

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