SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.—The County of Santa Clara has named Toni Anne Tullys to head the newly created Department of Behavioral Health Services, after an extensive planning process for merging two departments – the Mental Health Department and the Department of Alcohol and Drug Services (DADS) – into one. Tullys will oversee the full implementation integration of the new Department.
Tullys, whose appointment is effective December 1, 2014, has more than 20 years of experience in executive and senior management roles, with an extensive background in public behavioral health and community health services.
“Toni has demonstrated expertise in cross-collaboration with multiple partners and she has a successful track record of managing large system change initiatives,” said René Santiago, Deputy County Executive and Director, Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System. “Her skills and expertise will be critical to our successful integration of Mental Health and DADS into a new Behavioral Health Services Department.”
Tullys brings a unique set of skills to the mental health arena. She began her career as a registered nurse and spent 16 years in hospital settings as a clinician, manager and administrator before moving into leadership roles at large health systems.
Most recently, Tullys held the position of Deputy Director at the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Department. There she expanded the department’s capacity and provided management expertise to meet the demands of the Affordable Care Act, increased provider training and technical assistance and developed working relationships with the Medi-Cal managed care plans. Prior to her appointment, she spent more than two years as the Quality Improvement Program Director (2010-2012).
Tullys was the architect of the state’s Mental Health Services Act Regional Workforce Development program at the California Institute for Mental Health. That role gave Tullys a broad understanding of state policies as well as an opportunity to work collaboratively with county mental health departments, universities and colleges.
“Toni’s experience and years of working in collaboration with employees, care providers and partners can help us meet the challenges of integration, attain our goals and objectives and reach our vision of better health for all,” continued Santiago.
“I am honored to join Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System and excited to work with the behavioral health leadership, staff and providers,” commented Tullys. “Santa Clara County is well positioned to serve as a model for an integrated public sector health system, which will be essential to effective implementation of the Affordable Care Act.”
Tullys holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from University of Southern California, Capitol Center, Sacramento (2004). She also graduated from California State University in Hayward in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences. Prior to that she received an Associate Arts Degree in Nursing from Chabot Community College in Hayward and was licensed by the California Board of Registered Nursing from 1974-2000.
Tullys and her husband Attorney Frank Russo live in Oakland. Their 20-year-old son Alex is in college. Her annual salary will be $175,000.
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Joy Alexiou, Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System (408) 885-4164
Posted: November 10, 2014