Pamela Hyde, J.D. brings over 40 years of experience in the health and human services industry to the OPEN MINDS team. Her areas of expertise include government relations, program development, public sector management, and delivery system management.
Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Hyde was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an operating division of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department. In that role, she worked to improve the policies, services, practice improvement efforts, and data produced by SAMHSA for the country. Under Ms. Hyde’s leadership, SAMHSA worked to assure mental illness and addiction are understood, identified, and treated just like any other health condition by the public and the healthcare delivery system.
Prior to her work at SAMHSA, Ms. Hyde served as Secretary of the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD), responsible for Medicaid, TANF, Food Stamps, Child Support Enforcement, Behavioral Health, and other state and federal programs.
She has held several key public sector management positions, including a state mental health director, state human services director, city housing and human services director, and CEO of a private non-profit behavioral healthcare organization that managed care and provided direct services.
In addition, she has written articles and materials and delivered speeches nationwide on evidence-based practices and thinking, the status of insurance coverage in the U.S., gun violence, cultural issues, and leadership needs for behavioral health programs and services.
She has received awards from the American Medical Association, the National Governors Association, the Seattle Management Association, and a number of consumer and provider organizations for her leadership and creativity and for her commitment to the well-being of those who rely on publicly funded health and human services.