Mental Health Executive Leadership Program Begins
On September 23, twenty leaders from Ohio's mental health care system began their journey with Weatherhead's Health Systems Management Center to build their management and leadership skills for this important segment of society. Beginning with J.B. Silvers' engaging interactive "bidding exercise," participants simulated real life in determining the right price to put forth to the public for their health care services.
Eric Berkowitz, the second faculty presenter for the day, gave participants an overview of business planning, which will be the theme carried throughout the year. To demonstrate the business planning outcome which comes at the end of the Leadership program, two participants from last year's class presented their business plans for the projects they had developed in the course.
The first project, presented by a psychiatrist, focused on the training and development of psychoanalysts and brought in the various marketing as well as financial aspects important to the process. The second, presented by the executive director of an agency dealing with children, looked at development of an ADHD clinic and outlined the steps needed to provide services that would add value to the community as well as to the agency.
Leaders who attend the Mental Health Executive Leadership Program (MHELP) are primarily clinically trained and do not have formal education in management and leadership. Throughout the course, they gain an expertise that allows them to bring new insights and new ways of thinking about their organizations in order to provide high quality, cost effective services to their communities and maintain the success of their organizations. The Ohio Department of Mental Health has seen the positive effects of MHELP and has chosen to fund this program continuously for eleven years.