Bren Manaugh is a seasoned healthcare leader and specialist in organizational and systems transformation. Bren has expertise in innovative strategies for serving the safety net and complex care populations, with extensive experience with the justice system. She effectively engages stakeholders across systems to develop and drive person-centered, culturally responsive, and trauma-informed care to optimize outcomes and reduce costs.
Bren currently directs HMA’s projects in California and Illinois supporting implementation of evidence-based addiction treatment in more than 50 counties. She has provided consultation support to jails, counties, providers and health systems in multiple counties and states supporting implementation of evidence-based clinical treatment and services for persons with behavioral health and complex conditions. Her work has included providing practice transformation technical assistance and coaching to behavioral health and primary care providers as a clinical subject matter expert and coach expanding access to substance use disorder treatment, including medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder. She brings together community providers, hospitals, peer supports and the criminal justice system to improve service delivery and coordination and quality. Bren is at the leading edge of community innovations to improve law enforcement and emergency response to people challenged by these issues. She conducted an analysis and created a report and community guide for Arnold Ventures for communities developing BH crisis and law enforcement diversion solutions. Her work with community systems of care includes engaging stakeholders, formulating common aims and implementation plans and developing data sharing and evaluation structures.
Prior to joining HMA, Bren was vice president of adult services at a large public BH agency in San Antonio where she developed and administered programs in the nationally recognized Bexar County Restoration Center and Diversion Program partnering with multiple hospitals, city and county leadership, and the criminal justice system. She oversaw operations across a continuum of mental health and substance use disorder services, and in partnership with the Sheriff, Police Department, County and Courts, across the entire sequential intercept map.
Bren’s approach engages multiple stakeholders and decision makers to generate innovative strategies that produce results. She is a licensed clinical social worker and certified clinical supervisor and a certified clinical trauma specialist.