Karin is Director, Special Projects with the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions. She is currently serving as project manager for the MHSA funded Technology Suite innovation project and supports dissemination of QI practices throughout the California behavioral health system. Since 2001, Karin has been providing consulting services throughout California in both private and public managed care and service delivery organizations; these services have included project management, quality/process improvement, and service system design.
Prior to this work in the behavioral health field, Karin was Vice President and General Manager for ForHealth, Inc., a venture-capital funded company offering a specialized medical program for long-term care residents through full and partial risk arrangements with senior health plans. Before joining ForHealth, she served as Vice President of Operations for AHI Healthcare Systems, a publicly traded managed care company serving over 200,000 members throughout the country.
Karin received her Master’s degree in Health Administration from Duke University, her Bachelor of Arts degree in Animal Physiology from the University of California, San Diego and has additional formal training in project management and IHI’s Breakthrough Series improvement methodology.
Helping people with a serious mental illness achieve a life of meaning and purpose outside formal systems of care is a desired goal for many behavioral health organizations. The challenge for most organizations has been to align organizational structures, policies, work processes, and practices in ways that are most effective to help people make progress in their recovery.