Los Angeles, CA
Laura Collins is a behavioral health professional with strong experience in hospital and clinical patient care, hospital administration and behavioral health integration. She has worked extensively in psychiatric hospital programming and operations, project implementation and regulatory preparation, specific to psychiatry.
Laura 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. She is also an advocate and expert in civil commitment law, forensic and correctional mental health programs and mental health law.
Before joining HMA, Laura worked for 20 years with Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, most recently as a behavioral health administrator. On the inpatient-side, Laura provided oversight of all civil commitment processes, regulatory preparation, psychiatric program development and training.
She also 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.
Laura previously served as interim chief operating officer for Del Amo Hospital, a freestanding psychiatric hospital in Torrance, CA. She provided oversight to daily inpatient and outpatient hospital operations, and managed and developed departments with a quality improvement eye for trauma-informed, patient-centered and evidenced-based practice.
She began her career as a social worker and earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington.
Outside of work, Laura is a cellist and triathlete, although admits to being a bit out of practice with both.