Henry Harbin, MD

Health Care Consultant, former CEO of Magellan Health Services

Dr. Harbin is a psychiatrist with over 40 years of experience in the behavioral health field. He has held a number of senior positions in both public and private health care organizations. He worked for 10 years in the public mental health system in Maryland during the 1980s, serving as Director of the state mental health authority for 3 of those years.

Between 1994 and 2004 Dr. Harbin was CEO or Chairman of two national behavioral healthcare companies – Greenspring Health Services and Magellan Health Services. At the time he was CEO of Magellan, it was the largest managed behavioral healthcare company in the U.S. managing the mental health and substance abuse benefits of approximately 70 million Americans including persons insured by private employers, Medicaid and Medicare.

In 2002 and 2003 Dr. Harbin served on President Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. As a part of the Commission, he was chair of the subcommittee for the Interface Between Mental Health and General Medicine.

In 2004 Dr. Harbin served as co-chair of the National Business Group on Health’s work group that produced the Employer’s Guide to Behavioral Health Services.

Since 2004 Dr. Harbin has provided health care consulting services to a number of private and public organizations. During this period he has been an adviser to organizations such as AARP, MyndAnalytics (a web base neuroinformatics company), Curiosityville (a web based early childhood educational company), Interaxon (an EEG biofeedback company), Happify (a digital wellbeing company), 7 Cups (a web based peer support and therapy company), Brain Futures (a non-profit that promotes brain fitness and new treatment technologies in behavioral health), ESS (Effective School Solutions), the Kennedy Forum , CMMI and the Parity Implementation Coalition (a group of 13 national behavioral organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, NAMI and Mental Health America) which advocates for implementation of the Federal Mental Health Parity Law.

More recently he has been an adviser to the National Alliance of Health Care Purchaser Coalitions and the Bowman Family Foundation. Currently he is on the Board of the Maryland Mental Health Association, Brain Futures and the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.

Dr. Harbin has been a co-author or key contributor to a number of policy papers addressing methods to improve behavioral health care in the US on such topics as: alternative payment methods in mental health services, integrated care in primary care , Measurement Based Care, brain fitness in youth, new technologies in mental health treatment, and best practices in parity compliance.

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