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Western State Hospital -- Chief Executive Officer

From Ron Adler, CEO

“The state hospital industry is focused on the tenets of recovery for the population we serve, yet our staff warrant the same level of attention to health and wellness in their work environment. We can accomplish this as a team, by creating a strong culture of safety for employees and patients; developing Quality Indicators to measure outcomes relevant to both staff and patients; making management decisions based on analysis of data; and creating a learning environment for employees with training and support to accomplish the goals and objectives of the hospital and department.  I love the challenges and opportunities of this position, and am excited to work with the wonderful employees at Western State Hospital.” 

Work Experience:

Adler, a recognized leader in Behavioral Health, began his career as a direct service employee at Hunterdon State School in Clinton, New Jersey.

Over the next 33 years, he moved on to clinical, management and executive leadership positions at Kino Community Hospital, Southern Arizona Mental Health Center, and with University of Phoenix Adjunct Faculty, all in Tucson, Arizona; and Gateway Center for Human Services, Ketchikan, Alaska and Alaska Psychiatric Institute, Anchorage, Alaska.
In Alaska, Adler has focused on innovative programs such as telepsychiatry for outpatient treatment and expanding the telebehavioral health network, using high-quality video conferencing technology.  Adler said these programs were designed to extend the clinical infrastructure of the state hospital to underserved frontier communities and provide greater access to services via technology.

“Western State Hospital is an essential part of our mental health continuum of care in Washington.  Adler strengthens Western State’s ability to support those with the most severe mental health needs in their efforts to recover and live a successful life in the community,” said Jane Beyer, assistant secretary for the DSHS Behavioral Health and Service Integration Administration. “The Medicaid expansion and mental health parity provisions of the Affordable Care Act will expand opportunities to receive timely treatment in the community for individuals leaving the state hospital.”
Adler was recognized by the Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Southern Arizona as the recipient of the Family Empowerment Award (1995) and the NAMI Alaska Service Provider Award (2004). He is a past president of the Western Psychiatric State Hospital Association (2006-2009) and the Alaska Community Mental Health Association (2000-2002).
He’s been an active participant in community and civic affairs.
In Alaska he serves on the Board of the Alaska Consumer Web, a drop-in center for homeless mentally ill adults, and held various board positions at the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association. 
Adler earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s of education degree in counseling psychology at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

He served as president of the Western Psychiatric State Hospital Association and the Alaska Community Mental Health Services Association.

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