George Braunstein, RN, FACHE, brings more than 35 years of experience in leading both private and public sector health and human services organizations – in both institutional and ambulatory settings.
Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Braunstein served as executive director of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) in Fairfax, Virginia, which provides community-based mental health, substance abuse, and developmentally disabled services. During his six-year tenure with the CSB, which had a 150+ million dollar budget and over 1,200 employees, he both reduced the budget and increased service access. Mr. Braunstein also developed the organization’s first fully integrated service model that is combined mental health, substance use treatment and primary care services.
Before his role in Fairfax County, Mr. Braunstein was the executive director of the Chesterfield County CSB. In his eight years in that role, he restructured management to flatten the organization, which improved both service and budget performance and eliminated a 1.5 million dollar deficit with no reductions in staff.
Previously, Mr. Braunstein served as the Behavioral Health Director for the Family Health Plan, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This cooperative was a model for health maintenance organizations (HMO) that served over the 100,000 individuals. In this role, he worked to pilot the first integrated care models for behavioral health into primary care, while providing redirection of the behavioral health benefit to better emphasize clinical intervention.
Mr. Braunstein also served as the Executive Director Behavioral Health, for Aurora Healthcare in Milwaukee – the largest integrated health care system in Wisconsin with 13 hospitals, 20,000 employees and 1.5 billion dollars in annual revenue. He was responsible for the management of all aspects of a 40 million dollar, 800-employee multi-site integrated behavioral health service delivery system.
Mr. Braunstein received his Master of Science in Community Mental Health Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin. He also earned a Bachelor’s degree in History Education from Rockford College. Additionally, Mr. Braunstein completed psychotherapy training from the Family Studies Center at Northwestern University.