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For Immediate Release
January 15, 2016
Ed Rider, Public Information Officer, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, (office) firstname.lastname@example.org
DHHS Names CEO for Regional Centers;
Chief Clinical Officer for Behavioral Health Services
Lincoln – Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Behavioral Health Director Sheri Dawson announced that two key positions within the organization have been filled. Anthony Walters has been named chief executive officer of the Nebraska Regional Centers and Todd Stull, MD, has accepted the position of chief clinical officer for the Division of Behavioral Health, a position that also now serves as the chief clinical officer for behavioral health services in the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care.
Walters, who joins DHHS after most recently serving as CEO with Acadia Healthcare in Arkansas, has held numerous CEO positions in behavioral health since 2007. In this position, he will oversee three regional centers serving Nebraska in Lincoln, Hastings and Norfolk.
“Our mission is to promote and facilitate resilience and recovery for Nebraskans. Our commitment to and focus on accessibility, quality, effectiveness, cost efficiency and accountability fit well with Anthony’s extremely diverse administrative experience,” Dawson said. “He has gotten results everywhere he has been and we’re pleased that he has agreed to bring his expertise to Nebraska.”
While at Acadia, Walters launched an acute care hospital for that system with a full spectrum of startup executive functions, including staff recruitment, senior leadership selection, capital project management and completion of Joint Commission. He also completed the turnaround of two residential treatment programs for Acadia. He initiated one of the organization’s largest bed expansion projects this past year.
Prior to joining Acadia, Walters led the successful turnaround of the Rochester Community Behavioral Health State Hospital in Rochester, Minn., as that organization’s CEO. In the same position at Springwoods Behavioral Health for Universal Health Services, he increased patient census by 145 percent.
Walters earned his bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia Ark., and his master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He was recognized as the Arkansas Mental Health Institute’s Practitioner of the Year in 2004 and was also the recipient of the 2006 Jeannie D. Weiss Award for Professional Excellence.
r. Stull, who most recently worked as the director of sports psychology at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, will serve as the key behavioral health policy and clinical advisor for both the Divisions of Behavioral Health and Medicaid and Long-Term Care. Dr. Stull, who recently served as Chief Medical Officer for DHHS’s Division of Developmental Disabilities and who formerly served as a consulting psychiatrist to the Beatrice State Developmental Center, began his new position on December 31, 2015.
“Dr. Stull’s distinct educational and professional work experiences will be instrumental in guiding the division to address the complex needs of individuals across the behavioral health servicing agencies,” Dawson said. “His familiarity with this division will allow him to hit the ground running. We look forward to his leadership in assuring we meet the complex needs of those we serve.”
Dr. Stull earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology from Hastings College in Hastings, Neb., did graduate work in Educational Leadership at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., and earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He completed his residency at the Creighton-Nebraska Department of Psychiatry in Omaha.
Dr. Stull has been certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Addiction Psychiatry; the American Board of Addiction Medicine; the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; and, the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. He is a Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Dr. Stull will be working with the regional centers, community based services, Medicaid providers, Heritage Health plans (Medicaid Managed Care), colleges and universities, and behavioral health system partners.