Stephen M. Merz, FACHE


Merz Healthcare Consulting

Stephen Merz is a consultant who focuses on behavioral healthcare. His career spans nearly 30 years in healthcare administration and behavioral healthcare. Most recently, Mr. Merz served as interim president/CEO at Diamond Healthcare, a national behavioral healthcare management company. Previously, he served as president/CEO of Maine Behavioral Healthcare, an integrated behavioral healthcare organization, and as vice president/executive director of behavioral health at Yale New Haven Hospital. Mr. Merz’s work focuses on integrating behavioral healthcare into the healthcare system, including establishing alternatives to acute care settings, developing novel approaches for chronic conditions such as depression, and ensuring behavioral healthcare services are financially strong. Mr. Merz has served on national and regional boards, including the National Association of Behavioral Healthcare, as chair of the Behavioral Healthcare Councils of the Maine and Connecticut Hospital Associations, and as ACHE Regent for Connecticut. He is board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow.


Addressing an Overwhelmed System: Moving to a Rational System of Care for Patients in Mental Health Crisis

Presented by Howard J. Gershon, LFACHE, Leslie S. Zun, MD, Stephen M. Merz, FACHE at 1:00 PM on Friday, March 26th.

For the past several years, our healthcare delivery system has been struggling to address an onslaught of behavioral health crises. Many patients have suffered because they haven’t been able to get the kind of help that they need, and others have received services in crowded, medically focused emergency departments or other inappropriate treatment settings. This…

Mental Health Crisis: Patient Care in the Right Place at the Right Time

Presented by Howard J. Gershon, LFACHE, Leslie S. Zun, MD, Stephen M. Merz, FACHE at 10:00 AM on Monday, March 22nd.

According to national figures, approximately 15% of all emergency department patients present with a mental health crisis. Understanding the difference between a mental health crisis and an emergency is essential to determine the best care option. The emergency department is usually the appropriate environment for psychiatric emergencies but not for a mental health crisis. To…