Victor Topo has thirty years of experience in the community mental health field – as a clinician, manager, and executive. Mr. Topo currently serves as the chief executive officer (CEO) of Center for Life Management in New Hampshire. In that role, he leads a comprehensive community mental health center that is the largest provider of mental health and addiction treatment services in the area.
While serving as CEO, Mr. Topo restructured the senior management team, implemented an electronic health recordkeeping system, and increased both revenue and number of persons served annually. He also created and implemented a strategy to integrate behavioral health care with primary care and introduced innovative treatment programs using reiki and transcranial magnetic stimulation.
Before joining Center for Life Management, Mr. Topo served as the CEO for Pathways, Inc. based in Mentor, Ohio. In that role, he successfully expanded the organization’s service offerings for chronically mentally ill consumers. To do that, he reorganized the senior management team; brought a shared visioning approach to the board; and, in collaboration with the mental health board, designed one of Ohio’s first 24/7 in-home crisis stabilization programs called Community-Based Stabilization. He was also responsible for implementing the organization’s first long range strategic plan.
Mr. Topo started his career as a case management supervisor/case manager for Community Counseling Center in Ohio. In that role, he provided direct services and supervision of services for severely mentally disabled persons in the community.
Mr. Topo has the proven ability to lead both board and staff members with a persistent focus on organizational mission and achieving results. He prides himself on his ability to adopt new and innovative approaches to delivering traditional and nontraditional behavioral health treatment services. His wide range of knowledge and experience includes all service populations including children, adults, and seniors, especially vulnerable persons at high risk.
Mr. Topo holds a Master of Social Work degree from West Virginia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Siena College.