(Denver, CO) – The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) has selected Dr. Nancy VanDeMark as its new Director of the Office of Behavioral Health.
Dr. VanDeMark has three decades of experience working as a clinician, researcher, and administrator in the behavioral health field. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in administration and planning from the University of Denver and a Ph.D.
in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado.
For the past seven years, Dr. VanDeMark has been a partner with Innovela Consulting Group, working with behavioral health providers, managed care organizations, state advocacy groups, federal contractors, and affordable housing organizations in the areas of program planning, organizational analysis, proposal writing, program evaluation, and performance monitoring. Before that, Dr. VanDeMark held multiple executive‐level positions at Arapahoe House Inc., a Colorado substance abuse treatment program.
“We’re thrilled to welcome such an experienced, accomplished individual to the team,” said Reggie Bicha, executive director, CDHS. “Strengthening the state’s behavioral health care system is a priority of Gov. Hickenlooper. Nancy’s leadership will help to move his ambitious agenda to a new level,” Bicha said of the newest office director.
Dr. VanDeMark, who will start June 15, was preceded by Dr. Patrick Fox who acted as the office director during the Department’s recruitment process. Dr. Fox will continue his service with CDHS providing department‐wide clinical oversight as the interim chief medical
The Office of Behavioral Health is responsible for administrative oversight for the state’s public behavioral health system as well as operation of the Colorado Mental Health Institutes at Fort Logan and Pueblo. The office is instrumental in fulfilling the mission of CDHS: to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well‐being of the people of Colorado.