A seasoned leader with experience establishing strategic and effective partnerships, Tim Sheehan has developed and led programs to improve performance for Medicaid, mental health, opioid, managed care and other healthcare relationships and programs.
Before joining HMA, Tim spent nearly three decades with Lutheran Social Services of Illinois where he served in various roles including vice president of home and community services. The organization serves more than 60,000 clients with home care, senior housing, prison ministry, child welfare, developmental disabilities (DD), substance use and mental health services.
His work included collaborating on a Medicare Advantage Care Management model to spur individuals to access social determinants of health resources at a local level. He also oversaw development of performance-based contracts with managed care organizations, including use of bundled rates, which resulted in contracts yielding significant financial return and improved member care. Tim also contracted with CountyCare and partnered with five care management entities to create an integrated discharge and follow up to hospitalization pilot.
In addition to crafting and implementing projects, he partnered with statewide trade organizations and corporate partners to develop a behavioral health pathway to obtain value-based agreements by contracting beyond the limits of a single organization. Most recently, he helped develop the first behavioral health Independent Practice Alliance in Illinois
A true advocate for those in need, he also provided substance use disorder support, overseeing implementation of a medication assisted detoxification center, part of a medication assisted treatment strategy for local emergency rooms. Tim and his team developed five, 24/7 hospital emergency room diversion programs and a mobile crisis component to complement this cluster of programs to lower inpatient mental health admissions.
With a Master of Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Tim has worked diligently over his career to improve the well-being of the clients he has served.
He has served on the board of directors for the Community Behavioral Health Association (CBHA) where he was part of the team that passed five laws benefiting care to individuals with behavioral health conditions. He also served in Public Policy for CBHA for eight years.