Board Member Jorge Petit Named CEO of Coordinated Behavioral Care

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PCDC Board member Jorge R. Petit, MD, has been appointed CEO of Coordinated Behavioral Care (CBC), a behavioral health care nonprofit comprised of 57 New York City-based organizations.

In his new role, which begins in September, Dr. Petit will oversee integrated medical and behavioral health care that “achieves the triple aim of the federal Affordable Care Act — improving people’s health, providing a better health care experience, and reducing costs,” according to the CBC.

“I am excited to be joining CBC at this unprecedented time of change in the local and federal health care landscape,” Dr. Petit said. “I eagerly look forward to working with CBC agencies and its affiliated members, managed care organizations, and hospital systems, as well as local and state government agencies, to create innovative approaches to improve behavioral health outcomes, develop an integrated delivery system, and strategically align our agencies to embark on value-based contracting — a challenging but achievable goal.”

A board-certified psychiatrist and quality improvement specialist, Dr. Petit most recently served as Regional Senior Vice President of Beacon Health Options, working with stakeholders across New York State to develop strategies for improving behavioral health care. Initiatives under his purview included the delivery and coordination of mental health care and substance-use disorder services for the company’s 5 million members.

Previously, he was president and founder of Quality Healthcare Solutions Group, which provided consultation to community-based behavioral health agencies, hospital psychiatry/behavioral health departments, and local and state regulatory entities to meet the challenges of the complex health care environment.

At the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he served as Associate Commissioner of the Division of Mental Hygiene for three years, Dr. Petit managed a $280 million annual budget, overseeing all of the city’s funded contracts and agreements in mental health, chemical dependency, and developmental disabilities. He has also held clinical leadership positions at North Shore General Hospital, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and New Directions Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Clinic.

A sought-after expert on mental health issues, Dr. Petit has appeared on CNN, CNN en Español, Fox News, NY1, and other media outlets. Among his published works is The Handbook of Emergency Psychiatry (LWW, 2003), which was hailed by the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry as a “boon for when [mental health professionals] confront unexpected urgent situations.”

Dr. Petit, a graduate of the Universidad de Buenos Aires Medical School, completed his residency in Adult Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a fellowship in Public Psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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