David T. Jones
David T. Jones was named Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) in July 2017. He is responsible for overseeing the $1 billion healthcare agency with nearly 800 employees.
From 2013 to 2017, Jones served as Deputy Commissioner of DBHIDS. In that role, he provided oversight to the department’s fiscal and administrative operations. Prior to his time in Philadelphia, Jones was Chief of Behavioral Health and Crisis Services for the Montgomery County (MD) Department of Health and Human Services. There, he administered a wide-range of diverse programs addressing child and adult mental health, substance misuse, crisis center, victims assistance and consumer services.
As a behavioral health administrator with more than 25 years of progressive management experience, Jones has produced measurable results to improve the lives of children, adults and families with behavioral health needs. He possesses in-depth knowledge of state and federal regulations inclusive of Medicaid managed care and mental health rehabilitation standards and has excelled in managing both urban and suburban public behavioral health systems that achieved outcomes inclusive of increasing access to care and expanding the range of services available to residents with behavioral health care needs. Additionally, he has national experience developing multi-disciplinary coalitions to affect sustainable community-level change.
Such experience will be helpful as DBHIDS is at the forefront of key initiatives for the City of Philadelphia, including the Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Crisis. Under Jones’ leadership, DBHIDS will be carrying out work to implement recommendations brought forth from the task force to serve those impacted by opioid misuse. The department will continue to be involved in the cross-sector response to other issues, including homelessness and multi-dimensional supports for youth in the city.
Jones holds a Master of Science in Community School/Clinical Child Psychology from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
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