Andrea Usanga - MMHPI - Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Andrea Usanga

Senior Director of Program Implementation, The Hackett Center for Mental Health

Andrea has over 15 years of experience working on health and behavioral health issues in both the public and nonprofit sectors.

Prior to joining the Meadows Institute, Andrea was the Executive Director of the Network of Behavioral Health Providers (NBHP), a collaborative of the leadership of more than 40 mental health and substance use treatment providers in greater Houston. During her tenure, NBHP experienced unprecedented growth and initiated monthly continuing education trainings for professionals; a wide-ranging care coordination project to improve health and life outcomes for vulnerable children and adults with mental illness; and a multifaceted workforce development initiative to address the critical behavioral health workforce shortage.

Andrea has chaired multiple policy committees and workgroups to improve the behavioral health care system both locally and across the state and has successfully advocated for the adoption of several pieces of legislation and budget riders. She also has facilitated several large-scale collaborative projects, including the Houston/Harris County School Behavioral Health Initiative (now the Center for School Behavioral Health at MHA Houston), the Integrated Health Care Initiative, and the Pathways Community HUB Planning Initiative, each of which have drawn seven-figure investments. In addition, Andrea has an extensive background in government, previously working in the City of Houston Mayor’s Office, Houston City Council, Harris County Commissioner’s Court, Texas House of Representatives, and Texas Senate.

In her role at the Institute, Andrea brings subject matter expertise on innovative behavioral health programs and helps to organize community partners and builds collaborative opportunities to serve the goals of The Hackett Center.

Andrea received her bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Rice University. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Stafford, Texas.