Blair Elder brings over 8 years of experience in the health and human services field to the OPEN MINDS team. Her areas of expertise include behavioral health utilization management, performance improvement, residential services operations, program development, and compliance. Ms. Elder currently serves as the Director of Utilization Review for the Treatment Management Company.
In her current role as Director of Utilization Review, Ms. Elder oversees the Utilization Review departments in the markets of Florida, California, and Arizona, covering approximately 560 beds. She is responsible for departmental standards and policy formulation for all functions which meet or exceed accrediting, review, and/or regulatory guidelines. In addition, she gathers data to perform audits and to conduct analysis for length of stay projections and conversion rates at various levels of care.
Prior to joining the Treatment Management Company, Ms. Elder worked for the Poplar Springs Hospital based in Petersburg, Virginia, where she served as the Director of Utilization Management before being promoted to Director of Residential Services. As Director of Residential Services, Ms. Elder was responsible for the provision of oversight and administration of all services, staff, and activities in the daily operations for the 72-bed residential facility campus including the educational department. In this role, she also managed the strategic planning, budgeting, and census for the business unit.
Previously, Ms. Elder worked for the Meridell Achievement Center, a Residential Treatment Center specializing in psychiatry and neuropsychiatry for children and adolescents, based in Liberty Hill, Texas. At Meridell, Ms. Elder served as the Manager of Utilization Management & Performance Improvement. In this role, she was responsible for coordination of all clinical documentation related to patient hospitalization authorizations and service with assigned managed care companies.
Before her role in utilization management, Ms. Elder served Meridell as a Youth Care Counselor, providing direct care and supervision for assigned patients, and subsequently served as a Staffing Coordinator. Ms. Elder began her career as an Office Manager for Mindful Living, LLC & Cynthia Playfair, MD, prior to her work at Meridell.
Ms. Elder is currently a doctoral candidate at Northcentral University with a focus in mental health policy and practice. She received her Master of Arts in Counseling from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. In addition, Ms. Elder is currently in pursuit of her Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CHPQ) Certification.