Dr. Roxanne Kennedy is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with more than thirty years of experience providing clinical and administrative services in various behavioral health settings including state agencies, state psychiatric hospitals, managed behavioral health care organizations, community mental health agencies and psychiatric emergency services.
Before joining HMA, Dr. Kennedy served as the chief executive officer and market president for Beacon Health Options of Pennsylvania. In this role, she assured responsiveness to behavioral health plan clients, brought innovation in programming, technology, and recovery principles to PA HealthChoices (Medicaid) members, managed medical loss ratio and led a team of 160 staff.
Dr. Kennedy held several positions at the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) over 15 years. She was responsible for implementing the Substance Abuse Waiver approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the state’s Medicaid program and integrating behavioral health services into at-risk management. She also served as the project lead for the transitioning of mental health and addiction services from cost-related contracts to fee for service. In addition, she was responsible for Medicaid policy and oversight related to behavioral health services for those enrolled in the state’s Medicaid plan and worked to implement New Jersey’s Medicaid expansion benefit to include substance abuse services and other behavioral health services related to the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, she had oversight of the state’s block grant and worked closely with various state agencies to ensure coordinated state and federal funding of behavioral health services.
Dr. Kennedy maintained a private practice providing psychotherapy to individuals and families with mental health and substance abuse issues from 2002 through 2019 and worked for more than 10 years providing crisis services in an emergency department setting.
She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Social Work at University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice, and her dissertation is entitled “Evaluating Integrated Care Models for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness.” Dr. Kennedy also earned both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in social work administration from Temple University and is a LCSW in Pennsylvania.