Expertise: Child/Adolescent, Medical Education, Integrated Care
Dr. Donald Bechtold is medical director and vice president of healthcare and integration of Jefferson Center and chief medical officer of Foothills Health Solutions. Previously, he served as the medical director of Foothills Behavioral Health and Foothills Behavioral Health Partners. He has served on the manuscript review panels of Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal and American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research: The Journal of the National Center and on the Editorial Boards of The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Pediatric Emergency News and as a National Institute of Mental Health external reviewer. He has also participated in numerous research projects and teaches, consults, publishes and presents both regionally and nationally. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine where he also received his post-graduate specialty training in general psychiatry, his subspecialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry and was part of the full-time faculty. He also served as adjunct faculty at the Denver Seminary in the Master of Arts in Counseling program and as a contract consultant with the Indian Health Service. Dr. Bechtold is Board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. He is a Distinguished Fellow of both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Expertise: Disaster Psychiatry, Emergency Psychiatry, Community Mental Health, Rural Psychiatry, Organizational Psychiatry, Integrated Care, Telepsychiatry, Veterans Issues
Dr. Ng is a board-certified psychiatrist and is the chief medical officer at Acadia Hospital and Chief of Psychiatry at Eastern Maine Medical Center. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of Health.
He is a past President of the American Association of Emergency Psychiatry as well as being a member of the board of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. He has a lengthy history of involvement and advocacy in community mental health issues. He has extensive experience in the area of primary care and mental health, cross cultural issues, community system issues, substance abuse and homeless issues. He is also involved in community mental health, emergency psychiatry and disaster mental health. He was the former chairperson for the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) Multicultural Advisory Committee, which advised the Commissioner of Mental Health on issues of cultural competency within the OMH system.
Dr. Ng completed his psychiatry residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital and an additional year of training as a Public Psychiatry Fellow at Columbia/Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Ng was the director of the Primary Care Consultation-Liaison Service at Gouverneur Hospital in New York City and later, one of the associate medical directors of Project Renewal, Inc, a non-profit agency that works with the homeless with mental illness and substance abuse in New York City. Dr. Ng had also worked with Project HELP, a homeless outreach team in New York City.
Expertise: Evidence Based Psychotherapies, Personality Disorders, Primary Care Integration, Trauma
Dr. Allender completed his residency in Psychiatry at the University of Washington in 2007, where he developed his passion for community behavioral health care and the need to move Evidence Based Practices into real world settings. After residency, he started work as a community psychiatrist at Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care. He became the Chief Medical Officer at Valley Cities in 2012. Since then he has spearheaded efforts to integrate behavioral health treatment with primary care partners and to provide Evidence Based Practices focused on treating trauma, psychosis, and substance use disorders.
Expertise: Integrated Care, Medical Education, Payment Models, Trauma
Dr. Patrick Runnels serves as medical director at the Centers for Families and Children where he helped implement one of the original 13 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration grants, has overseen development of a psychiatric nurse practitioner Fellowship program and orchestrated integrated care clinics in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic and other large hospital systems.
He serves as director of the Public and Community Psychiatry Fellowship at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
Dr. Runnels attended medical school at the University of Missouri, Columbia, and completed his general psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and Public Psychiatry Fellowship at Columbia University when he worked in public policy at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York State Office of Mental Health.
He is communications director for the American Association of Community Psychiatrists, served on the Council for Advocacy and Government relations, is a past Board member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Association of Mental Illness Ohio and is on the Scientific Planning Committee for the APA Institute on Psychiatric Services.