Laurie Stolen
Laurie Stolen

Laurie Stolen

Associate Principal

Health Management Associates

Denver, CO

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An award winning and published leader, Laurie Stolen has over 27 years of experience in healthcare, criminal justice services and behavioral health. Laurie is dedicated to increasing awareness and access to equitable, affordable and quality behavioral health services across the country through innovative and strategic initiatives. 

Prior to joining Health Management Associates, Laurie has been a certified child life specialist, a certified jail manager, a certified rehabilitation counselor and a certified pretrial services professional. Laurie provided cross-system consulting, community asset mapping and master plan development. She has expertise in correctional and behavioral health contracting, accreditation, pretrial services, risk assessment, pre-release planning, re-entry initiatives, sequential intercept mapping, co-responder program development, and medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

In addition to her expertise in community initiatives and programming, Laurie also has a deep understanding of jail, criminal justice and behavioral health facility design. She has been involved in the design planning and opening of both correctional and behavioral health facilities, ensuring they are designed to meet the unique needs of the individuals they serve. By combining her knowledge of staffing, programming, community input and facility design requirements, she strives to create environments that promote efficiency, effective treatment, safety and well-being.

Laurie is a skilled communicator, adept in community engagement, multimillion-dollar grant program development and community consensus building. She is an accomplished and published author, a Colorado State University guest lecturer, and a seasoned leader in the public-private partnership arena.

In her career, Laurie has led the development and management of two new county departments, utilizing her skills in organizational development, strategic planning and system transformation. She has created advisory councils, steering committees, and consumer driven committees to oversee performance metrics and program quality goals. Laurie has led a successful countywide ballot initiative to increase revenues dedicated to behavioral health. Her commitment to improving the lives of others has been recognized through numerous local and national awards and accolades.

Laurie obtained her undergraduate degree in human development and family studies at Colorado State University, including an internship at John’s Hopkins Childrens Hospital. She completed her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling with a concentration on vocational evaluation at the University of Northern Colorado.