Health Care Leadership Awards 2011

HCLA 2011 – Behavioral Health Care Award

Richard Clarke, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Magellan Health Services of ArizonaRichard Clarke, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Magellan Health Services of Arizona

As CEO of Magellan Health Services of Arizona, Richard Clarke leads his team of 300 in implementing the Regional Behavioral Health Authority contract for Central Arizona. In so doing, Clarke is in charge of the strategic transformation of the system, quality outcomes for recipients, compliance, financial performance and Magellan’s relationships with the Arizona Department of Health Services, the Legislature and the community. His mission is to make Magellan a vehicle of change for the more than 80,000 care recipients who face life challenges due to mental illness and substance abuse, and are struggling to lead more productive lives in recovery.

Clarke chose to join the Magellan team as CEO in 2008. He launched a new system of open communication by instituting a volunteer governance board of recipients and community leaders that ensures transparency and focus in his company. He also led the expansion of the Crisis Intervention Team Training of 175 law enforcement officials, which has reduced intake time at the Urgent Psychiatric Center from two hours to 10 minutes.