Thomas E. Smith
Thomas Smith oversees clinical and quality aspects of the New York State public mental health system with a focus on improving access to prevention, recovery and rehabilitation services for persons with serious mental illness (SMI). As a mental health services researcher, he is the recipient of numerous NIMH and foundation grants for studies of engagement strategies for high-need persons with SMI; services for persons with first episode psychosis, and inpatient psychiatry discharge planning and care transition practices. Smith earned his M.D. at Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Chicago before coming to New York where he has had extensive experience as a clinician, hospital administrator, and researcher, initially at Weill Cornell Medical College and since 2001, at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Smith is helping to oversee the implementation of New York State’s behavioral health Medicaid Managed Care redesign and has developed and managed several NYS OMH programs that use population health monitoring to support engagement in care and management of adverse events. He is currently leading initiatives related to mental health parity enforcement and system level quality and performance measurement approaches that support value-based payment models.
Biography current as of February 10, 2020