Richard Louis, III, has extensive experience as a behavioral healthcare administrator, business development specialist and innovator of new service lines for national for-profit behavioral healthcare organizations that resulted in new business and revenue growth. He currently serves as the Director of Development – Behavioral and Addiction Medicine for the Southern California Hospitals Healthcare System, in Los Angeles, CA.
Prior to joining the Southern California Hospitals Healthcare System, Mr. Louis served as a Senior Associate with the OPEN MINDS consulting practice. In this role, he was involved in many consulting projects focused on health care integration, developing new service lines, and health plan contract development. Most recently he pioneered the development of a series of innovative and profitable integrated behavioral health treatment and population health management solutions that target high cost and complex behavioral health populations. These solutions have shown to reduce payer spend while improving client outcomes for acute care hospital systems, health plans, managed care organizations (MCO), managed service organizations (MSO), behavioral healthcare organizations (BHO), medical groups (IPA) and social service agencies.
Before joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Louis served as the Senior Vice President Business Development and Managed Care Operations for ANKA Behavioral Health, Inc. in Pleasant Hill, CA.
Previously, Mr. Louis was the Executive Director of Strategic Development and Planning at Pathways – Molina Healthcare, a national for-profit behavioral healthcare company operating in 23 states. In this role, Mr. Louis developed and launched population health management program strategies that included in-community care management and in-home coordinated care services to reduce hospital re admissions, emergency department (ED) visits and improve HEDIS scores for national health plans and Managed Care Organizations.
Mr. Louis was also a former psychiatric hospital administrator and Assistant Director of Mental Health at San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health in CA, he is experienced in behavioral health program management, clinical operations, strategic alliances and outcome based service delivery models for complex adult and youth populations.
Mr. Louis also served in various positions at College Health Enterprises (CHE), a Los Angeles based for-profit hospital system, most notably serving as Vice President of Government Operations. While in this role, he created the first public sector division for CHE by establishing new service lines, contracts and new profit/revenue streams. Over a 10 year period, his responsibilities included business and program development as well as administration of inpatient, outpatient and residential continuums of care for public payers and systems (i.e. county mental health, state department of developmental disabilities, county jail, state prison and federal government agencies).
Mr. Louis is in his 31st year as an active duty reserve police officer (volunteer) currently holding the rank of Captain, City of Monterey Park Police Department in Los Angeles County; and former Police Commissioner at City of Claremont Police Department. He has worked closely with police, county sheriff’s departments and healthcare systems to educate and craft “treatment versus incarceration” collaborations promoting humane and cost effective crisis triage approaches and interventions for persons with mental illness.
Mr. Louis graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Whittier College and is a Police Academy Graduate from Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California.