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Gettysburg, Pa. (November 4, 2018) — On October 19, OPEN MINDS announced the launch of its new learning collaborative, “The OPEN MINDS Strategic Sustainability Learning Collaborative.” The learning collaborative is a twelve-month guided process for executives of small health and human service organizations. Starting on February 1, 2019, executives will learn how best to assess their current and future sustainability, create a ‘best practice’ model strategic plan, and develop a customized tool kit for successful strategy implementation and organizational transformation over the twelve month period.

OPEN MINDS recognizes that in the current human services landscape, managed care and alternative payment models are redefining the optimal provider organization size, driving M&A and other affiliations, and disrupting the market. In response, OPEN MINDS has developed the Strategic Sustainability Learning Collaborative specifically to support small to medium size specialty providers. The Learning Collaborative will be led by Paul Neitman, OPEN MINDS Senior Associate with over 25 years of human services leadership experience.

“The environmental changes that have occurred and continue to occur have challenged the very existence of many smaller human service organizations and put others in a precarious financial position,” Mr. Neitman notes. “And, while all health and human service organizations have been impacted, small-to-medium size organizations (those with $25 million or less in annual revenue), have been left especially vulnerable.”

The OPEN MINDS Learning Collaborative offers these organizations affordable access to OPEN MINDS market intelligence, and guidance and direction from OPEN MINDS Subject Matter Experts to develop the organizational competencies and planning required to remain sustainable in this ever-changing health and behavioral healthcare market.

The year-long program divides content areas into four quadrants:

Quarter I – Content Areas

  • Trends in Human Services and the Impact on Provider Organizations
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Assessing the External Environment
  • Financial Skills in a Value-Based Funding Environment

Quarter II – Content Areas

  • Assessing the Organization from a Competency Perspective
  • Organizational Structure & Supports
  • Human Resource Management
  • Passing the Torch: Succession Planning

Quarter III – Content Areas

  • Service Line Portfolio Analysis & Development
  • The Role of Technology & Innovation
  • Performance Management & Data Driven Decision-Making

Quarter IV – Content Areas

  • Strategic Marketing
  • Partnerships, Mergers & Acquisitions

The Strategic Sustainability Learning Collaborative will utilize a multi-faceted learning approach which will include:

  • Quarterly, pre-recorded web briefings that allows participants to access presentations that best fit their schedule
  • Bi-weekly newsletters that discuss web briefings in greater detail or focus on selected case studies
  • Monthly, one-on-one telephone consultations with each member to address questions on specific organizational issues
  • Quarterly participant forums that allow for group discussion in the predetermined content areas
  • Participant networking summit in conjunction with an OPEN MINDS Institute

The Learning Collaborate Summit will summarize the year-long program and allow participants to share their plans for organizational sustainability. The Summit will be held in conjunction with an OPEN MINDS Institute where Learning Collaborative participants will have the opportunity to hear from and network with fellow executives from across the country.

The Strategic Sustainability Learning Collaborative participation fee is $6,000 ($500/month) for OPEN MINDS Elite Members and $9,000 ($750/month) for non-members. These costs include registration at the OPEN MINDS Institute as a part of the Summit. Participants will be responsible for related travel and lodging costs to the Summit and Institute. Registration will occur from November 10, 2018 thru January 22, 2019, with enrollment limited to 30 participants. The Learning Collaborative will begin May 1, 2019. More details about the Learning Collaborative and registration materials can be found at

Paul S. Neitman, LMSW, OPEN MINDS Senior Associate, has over thirty-five years of human services experience, with over twenty-five years of senior and executive leadership experience for a large, state-wide children’s services organization. Mr. Neitman has extensive experience in organizational management and development, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, program development and evaluation, clinical processes and quality improvement, fund development and grant writing and community organization. He possesses a Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors in Psychology from Miami University (Ohio). A more extensive professional biography is located at


OPEN MINDS is a national market intelligence and strategic advisory firm focused on the sectors of the health and human service field serving consumers with chronic conditions and complex support needs. Founded in 1987 and based in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the 175+ associates provide market insights and innovative management solutions designed to improve operational and strategic performance. Learn more at

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