Senior Program Officer

Christopher Menschner, MSW, MAPP, is a senior program officer at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) where he serves as the deputy director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supported initiative, Advancing Trauma-Informed Care. He also contributes to additional CHCS initiatives focused on implementing value-based purchasing in behavioral health and supporting New Jersey Medicaid’s reform efforts.

Prior to joining CHCS, Mr. Menschner was a senior policy analyst for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program at the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development. In this role he was responsible for drafting and implementing program regulations and policy initiatives; overseeing New Jersey’s TANF state plan; providing policy guidance and technical assistance to county welfare agencies; and coordinating the design and implementation of supportive services for welfare beneficiaries such as housing, medical support, and substance abuse treatment.

Mr. Menschner began his career as a counselor and case manager, working with adults with mental illness and substance abuse issues at community mental health centers in the greater Trenton, NJ region. From there, he has held diverse positions in government agencies and non-profit organizations, such as the Mayor’s office in Trenton, NJ; the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate; and the West Africa AIDS Foundation in Accra, Ghana.

Mr. Menschner received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University and earned master’s degrees in social work and public policy from Monmouth University where he has also served as an adjunct professor of social work.