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Brown named SAMHSA lead in Central Plains

May 29, 2015
by Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Kim Brown, a licensed addictions counselor who holds a master’s degree in public administration, was named by SAMHSA as the Regional Administrator for Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. Brown has worked in the behavioral health field since 1992, providing addiction counseling services in community-based settings for women and children, and with criminal justice clients in residential and outpatient settings.

As one of SAMHSA’s 10 Regional Administrators, she will provide expertise on behavioral health and information on SAMHSA’s programs to federal, state, and other behavioral health service providers within the four-state area. SAMHSA Regional Administrators also examine local industry issues to find ways SAMHSA can help to address them.

Brown most recently was the vice president of marketing and new business development for a large integrated health services provider in Kansas that provides a wide range of behavioral health services.

She also worked for the state of Kansas as the Director of Managed Care for Behavioral Health helping to implement a statewide comprehensive managed care system in 2012 that covered all services, including physical health, behavioral health, and long term services and supports.

“Kim brings a wealth of experience to this position,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, in a statement. “Her experience in addiction counseling combined with her background in health services integration will help SAMHSA continue providing a voice for behavioral health throughout the region.”

Brown is expected to start her position on June 1, 2015, and will be based in Kansas City, Mo.

Additional information about SAMHSA’s Regional Administrators is available at: