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A specialist in behavioral health, correctional health and jail diversion, and integrated care, Bren Manaugh brings a wealth of expertise in systems design and clinical quality improvement to HMA. She works with stakeholders across systems to drive person-centered, culturally competent care that optimizes outcomes and reduces costs.
As an executive at a large community mental health authority in Texas, Bren helped develop and execute agency strategic direction while directing the adult behavioral health division, serving 10,000 adults annually. She administered clinical programs in the nationally recognized Bexar County jail diversion system and introduced innovative initiatives for individuals impacted by serious mental illness (SMI), addiction and complex health conditions. Additionally, Bren oversaw quality management and compliance of local, state and federal contracts for mental health, substance abuse, intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), and early childhood services.
A leader adept at applying Lean and change management methodology, Bren specializes in staff and partner engagement and mobilizing innovative funding and business models to provide quality care in resource-challenged and complex environments. She has experience planning and delivering large-scale service delivery systems that incorporate stakeholder input, funding and regulatory requirements, and integrate value-based and risk-sharing payment methodologies while aligning stakeholder business models and goals. As a certified professional in healthcare quality, Bren has extensive experience with developing and implementing process improvement in clinical systems to drive outcomes.
Bren has both the business and clinical acumen to support clients in meeting clinical quality goals while building financial sustainability. She has built a best practices base for effectively serving individuals with co-occurring medical and behavioral health complex needs through the administration of 1115 Medicaid waivers, behavioral health jail diversion programs, and behavioral health and primary care integration grants.
While overseeing large integration grants, Bren has worked with clinical teams and IT staff to develop behavioral health and primary care EHR capabilities for agile access to patient-specific clinical data and data collection through clinical decision support tools and patient registries. Bren also led the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) grant that included development of a successful model for high-utilizers of emergency departments with complex care needs – incorporating technology solutions for providing real-time patient information in the HIE to divert from unnecessary inpatient hospitalizations.
Bren received her Master of Social Work from the University of Kansas and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She is a licensed clinical social worker.
Bren and her spouse share their home with three rescues – two dogs and a cat. She enjoys traveling, especially to other countries, and has made it her goal to visit as many UNESCO World Heritage sites as possible.