Josh Rubin, MPP
New York, NY
Josh Rubin provides consultation, strategic planning, analysis, and technical assistance to health care purchasers, providers, platforms, and regulators with a special focus on behavioral health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and child welfare service providers. Josh’s specializations include facilitating strategic planning and merger negotiations, supporting the conversion to value-based purchasing arrangements, the development of independent practice associations and other platforms, and healthcare transformation efforts, including 1115 waivers.
Prior to joining HMA, Josh’s expertise included planning, purchasing, monitoring, and managing a wide range of human services programs, including mental health, housing, substance use disorders, developmental disabilities and child welfare programs. In his role as an assistant commissioner for New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Josh oversaw a portfolio of over $850 million of mental health, substance use disorders, developmental disabilities, and early intervention programs. During this time, he was responsible for the assessment and strategic planning for these programs.
Josh was also the vice president and chief operating officer of the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC, which is called Vibrant! today), a leader in services, advocacy, and education for people with mental illness and their families. MHA-NYC and its subsidiary, Link2Health Solutions, Inc. operate a wide range of behavioral health services, including residential, rehabilitation, child and adolescent, and family support services, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the National Disaster Distress Helpline, the NFL Lifeline, and the Veterans Crisis Line.
Prior to joining MHA-NYC, Josh was the director of policy and planning for YAI Network where he helped develop an international training and consulting business and co-wrote a chapter on strategic planning for a social work textbook. During his years of New York City service, he served as the assistant commissioner for mental hygiene policy and assistant commissioner for chemical dependency services; chief policy officer and chief administrative officer for the Division of Mental Hygiene; and as the special assistant to the executive deputy commissioner for mental hygiene services. Before his government service, he was on the staff of the Coalition of Voluntary Mental Health Agencies.
Joshearned his master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and his bachelor’s degree in religion and the humanities from the University of Chicago.