October 12, 2012
John Theiss, Ph.D. retired from TxDMHMR as the Director of the NorthSTAR project. NorthSTAR is a regional managed behavioral health project that integrates local, state and federally funded mental health & substance abuse services into a managed system of care for 7 counties including Dallas, Texas. He currently consults with behavioral health advocacy, service delivery & governmental organizations to improve efficiency & accountability in public behavioral health. Dr. Theiss has worked for 40 years in human service program design & evaluation, 30 for Texas. He has worked on program design & performance measurement with the Texas Comptroller's office, Department of Human Services & Department of Mental Health & Mental Retardation. Prior to that he worked on national & regional research projects out of Ithaca, New York & as a program administrator in Steuben County, New York. Dr. Theiss is currently Board Chair for Mental Health America of Texas and UT OLLI Quest.
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