Bruce Nisbet, LMSW, DFNAP brings more than 40 years of experience in the behavioral health and child welfare service fields to the OPEN MINDS team. His wide range of experience includes community mental health and child welfare agency leadership and program development, Health Home development and implementation, integration of behavioral and physical health, delivery of person-centered care coordination for individuals with SMI, and legislative strategies to impact public policy and agency project funding.
For the past twelve years, Mr. Nisbet has been the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Spectrum Human Services, based in Orchard Park, New York. Spectrum provides integrated mental health and chemical dependency clinics, forensic re-entry programs, community-based supported housing, crisis mobile team services, care coordination for health home populations, psychiatric rehabilitation programs and Assertive Community Treatment. During Mr. Nisbet’s tenure with Spectrum, the organization has tripled in size to become the most comprehensive outpatient behavioral health organization in the region.
In 2013, Mr. Nisbet founded Health Home Partners of WNY, LLC, a joint venture between Spectrum and two other organizations that include an integrated network of 4,000 practitioners across the counties of Erie, Niagara, and Wyoming. Upon establishment, the venture becomes one of the first designated Affordable Care Act Health Homes in New York State. He currently serves as President of the joint venture that serves over 10,000 Medicaid recipients with either serious mental illness (SMI) or two or more physical health chronic conditions.
Prior to joining Spectrum, Mr. Nisbet was President/CEO of the Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference, a large multi-program child welfare agency located in Binghamton, New York. Originally serving only eastern New York State, Mr. Nisbet expanded operations successfully into the State of Pennsylvania and increased agency revenues 26% during his tenure.
Mr. Nisbet has a number of research and scholarly interests including evidence based practice, mental health and recovery, the intersection of neuroscience and behavioral healthcare, and university/community partnerships. He has a number of co-authored published research articles and has presented at national and international conferences in the United States, Europe, and Australia. He is also co-author of The Person-Centered Recovery Planner for Adults with Serious Mental Illness published nationally and internationally by John Wiley & Sons in 2013.
In 2013, Mr. Nisbet was elected a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow (DFNAP) by the membership of the National Academics of Practice, an organization charted by Congress to provide advisement on our healthcare system.
Mr. Nisbet earned both his Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy from University at Buffalo.