Los Angeles, CA
Laura Collins is a well-versed behavioral health professional with experience in hospital and clinical patient care, hospital administration and behavioral health integration.
She is a seasoned coach and mentor helping inpatient hospital leaders improve their systems of care at all levels, including helping clinics transition into Health Homes work.
As a hospital administrator, Laura implemented behavioral health integration models into primary and specialized care and worked to expand the model across the University of Washington’s medical clinics. While serving in leadership roles, she has developed and implemented programs to examine systems-level involvement in managing behavioral health trends in the state of Washington and specifically King County.
Prior to joining HMA, she worked as chief operating officer for Del Amo Hospital in Los Angeles. She has great interest and expertise in civil commitment law, forensic and correctional mental health programs and mental health law.
Laura began her career as a social worker and earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington. While taking classes, she worked as one of the original baristas at the Seattle Starbucks and has her coffee shipped in to this day.