Director, Behavioral Health and Child Health Transformation

Melissa Bailey, MA, is the director of behavioral health and child health transformation at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). In this role, she primarily oversees child-focused projects and provides technical assistance and strategic consultation on a variety of topics including child health, trauma, child welfare, and integrating care for complex populations, including psychiatric inpatients and individuals with behavioral health needs who are involved in the criminal justice system. Ms. Bailey’s areas of expertise include systems reform and integration of physical and behavioral health, including other social services and community-based and primary care through residential and inpatient treatment. This work includes implementing health promotion and prevention strategies, developing early intervention and high-end treatment for complex populations, addressing toxic stress and the impacts of social risks and social needs, and shifting to a quality improvement outcomes-focused system through service delivery and payment reform.

Prior to joining CHCS, Ms. Bailey was the Commissioner for the Vermont Department of Mental Health (VT DMH), having previously served as the deputy commissioner, and worked in a variety of roles at the department and for the Agency of Human Services (AHS) leading service delivery and payment reform, development of new programs, and quality improvement and oversight. While at the AHS central office, Ms. Bailey led a large-scale integration and valued-based payment reform effort for children and families across AHS, which included mental health, developmental disabilities, child welfare, maternal and child health, and early childhood. She brought that experience back to VT DMH in her commissioner positions for the state mental health provider system spanning the scope of individuals served from early childhood to adults.

Ms. Bailey has also worked for Vermont’s community mental health centers’ network development and trade association organization as the quality director, as the clinical director of a large state-wide private mental health practice, and as a school-based clinician for a community mental health center. Ms. Bailey earned a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Northern Vermont University and is a licensed clinical mental health counselor in Pennsylvania.