Lolita Griffin, M.Ed.
Special Advisor to the Commissioner
Lolita J. Griffin is the Special Advisor to the Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS). In this role, Griffin works directly with DBHIDS Commissioner Jill Bowen, Ph.D., to carry out administrative analysis and executive management work and to ensure Department efforts and initiatives adhere to the strategic plan, Prioritizing to Address a Changing Environment (P.A.C.E.), and align with the tenets of TEC by addressing Trauma, achieving Equity, and engaging Community.
Griffin joined DBHIDS’ Office of Addiction Services in 2014 as a public health program analyst and a health program analysis supervisor, performing a wide variety of analytical assignments related to managing and administering specialized programs and operations for the Single County Authority administrator. Griffin also performed instrumental roles in the wellness and quality of work life initiatives for the Department.
Prior to joining DBHIDS, Griffin had more than 20 years’ experience in social services and program analysis with the Department of Human Services. A native of Philadelphia and graduate of Philadelphia High School for Girls, Villanova University, and Chestnut Hill College, Griffin is currently attending West Chester University. She also is active in community service as a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
Odysseus Marcopolus brings a wealth of public and private sector technology experience to the role of Chief Digital Officer (CDO) at DBHIDS. Combining the traditional role of the Chief Information Officer with the transformational role of the CDO, he is responsible for mapping the agency’s digital capabilities to its strategic priorities. In leading DBHIDS Information Management and IT Infrastructure efforts, he drives strategy on how to take the business forward by extracting maximum value from information on hand and how to tie in new sources of information to make better decisions faster.
Prior to joining DBHIDS, Odysseus served as Managing Director at Smart IMS, a global technology solutions company where he led the Technology Solutions Practice for Government Markets, and was instrumental in crafting the Smart IMS portfolio of products and services including Smart City, IoT, Blockchain, Big Data Analytics, and Integrated Communications.Odysseus previously served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the N.J. Office of Information Technology (NJOIT), where he was instrumental in translating business strategy into a product road map and operating plan for the delivery of mission critical IT services to the State of New Jersey — a $37 billion enterprise — with responsibilities for public safety, social service delivery, economic development, taxation, motor vehicle services, child welfare, and more. Odysseus led the transformation of NJOIT to a revenue-focused service provider, growing and refining an SLA-backed service catalog with product offerings including: The Garden State Network, a secure hybrid public-private enterprise network; Enterprise Data Center Services, Emergency Telecommunications & 911, Cloud Connect, a 60,000-seat Office 365 hosted solution; Enterprise Data Services; Professional Services supporting more than 700 custom business applications; and a portfolio of Enterprise-Class Web Services.
Odysseus has been a hands on practitioner, manager, and thought leader on a wide array of technology domains including Enterprise Architecture Policy & Governance, Identity Management, DevOps, User & Customer Experience, Regulatory Compliance, Information Security, Application Development & Maintenance, and Cloud Transformation.
The Office of Addiction Services (OAS), formerly known as the Coordinating Office for Drug and Alcohol Abuse Programs (CODAAP), plans, funds, and monitors substance abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment services in Philadelphia.
Through a network of treatment providers, OAS guides recovery-oriented drug and alcohol treatment for people enrolled in Medicaid, as well as people who are uninsured and underinsured.