Athena Mandros brings over five years of experience in research and publication to the OPEN MINDS team. She currently serves as the Director of OPEN MINDS Market Intelligence team. In this role, she is responsible for the research, analysis, and development of all special Market Intelligence Reports and resources produced by the OPEN MINDS team. Some of the topics of the briefing reports include non-traditional Medicaid expansion, State Innovation Model (SIM) Grants, and permanent supportive housing.

Ms. Mandros is also the editor of the OPEN MINDS Behavioral Health System State Profile series. The series is an annually updated market intelligence report on mental health and addiction treatment financing in each of the fifty states. The content of the profile series includes Medicaid managed care and fee-for-service enrollment numbers, top health plans, description of the Medicaid delivery system, behavioral health covered services and carve-outs, core coordination models utilized by the state such as health homes or ACOs, and a description of the dual eligible delivery system.

In addition to her work on these key market intelligence publications, Ms. Mandros serves as a resource for OPEN MINDS customers on state Medicaid policy, with a particular emphasis on behavioral health, developmental disabilities, long-term care, and corrections. Ms. Mandros tracks changes to state Medicaid programs, synthesizes state information to follow and analyze trends, and creates publications detailing state delivery systems and upcoming changes.

Previously, Ms. Mandros served as a Market Intelligence Analyst and formerly a RFP Hotline Intern for the OPEN MINDS team.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Mandros served as a Researcher for the American Association of Geographers as part of the project “Creating Sustainable Communities in Gettysburg, PA”. In this role, she completed an ecological assessment and designed three scenarios for potential redevelopment using the ArcGIS extension Communityviz.

Previously, Ms. Mandros served as the Research Director for the Eisenhower Institute in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In this role, she was responsible for designing and conducting a research project that investigated the sustainability of the island of Bonaire. This research utilized the Circles of Sustainability model that was developed by the Global Cities Institute for the UN Global Compact Cities Programme.

Ms. Mandros received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where she majored in both English and Environmental Studies.

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