BOSTON – Beacon Health Options (Beacon), the nation’s premier behavioral health company, announced today that Jorge Petit, M.D., has been named the Regional Senior Vice President for Beacon’s New York market. In this role, which begins Sept. 8, 2015, Dr. Petit will work with stakeholders in the New York health care delivery system to develop strategies for improving behavioral health care throughout the state. This collaborative work will guide him in overseeing the delivery and coordination of mental health care and substance use disorder services for the company’s more than 5.5 million New York members.
“Jorge is a perfect fit to lead our New York team. He thoroughly understands the provider community and health care policies of New York as a result of his extensive consulting work and his three-year term as Associate Commissioner in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Division of Mental Hygiene,” said Jim Spink, Beacon Health Options Executive Vice President, National Client Partnerships. “This experience combined with his work as a practicing psychiatrist gives him an in-depth understanding of the New York health care market, including the consumers, and health plan clients we serve.”
A board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Petit joins Beacon from Quality Healthcare Solutions Group, a consulting and training firm focused on patient care and health information technologies to improve health care systems. As founder and president of the organization, he has consulted with many New York City (NYC) community-based organizations and has worked on projects with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New York State Office of Mental Health, as well as stakeholder groups, such as the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies. As the Associate Commissioner of NYC’s Division of Mental Hygiene, Dr. Petit managed a $280 million annual budget, he oversaw all of the city’s funded contracts and agreements in the areas of mental health, chemical dependency, and mental retardation and developmental disabilities. Most recently he served as the Clinical Director for Integrated Care and Clinical Partnerships at the Institute for Family Health, a position funded by a Robin Hood Foundation grant to focus on how integrated care models can improve health outcomes and reduce poverty.
Dr. Petit has been appointed to numerous academic, hospital, professional and committee positions, including the North East Business Group on Health (NEBGH), Mental Health Task Force, One Voice Initiative and the Mental Health Workplace Summit. He has been tapped for his expertise on mental health issues by numerous broadcast news outlets, including, CNN, CNN Español, Fox News and NY1. He has also used his psychiatry expertise and hands-on experience in the community to write books and articles on various mental health issues, ranging from depression to emergency psychiatry to psychiatric administration and leadership.
Dr. Petit earned his medical degree from University of Buenos Aires and completed his psychiatry internship and residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital School of Medicine. Additionally, he completed a public psychiatry fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian-New York State Psychiatric Institute.