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Wayne Young, FACHE


Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD

Wayne Young is CEO of The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, the state-designated local mental health authority and local intellectual and developmental disability authority for Harris County, Texas. As CEO of one of the largest behavioral health organizations in the nation, Mr. Young is passionate about the planning and delivery of large-scale behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities services to a population that relies on safety net systems of care. Mr. Young recently served as chair of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Behavioral Health Advisory Committee. He also has served in governance and leadership roles in various professional organizations, such as the American Hospital Association and the Texas Hospital Association. In 2019, Mr. Young was honored to have been named to Modern Healthcare’s list of “Top 25 Innovators” and to have received the 2019 Charley H. Shannon Advocate for Justice Award from NAMI Texas. He is board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow.


Leadership Insights: The Next Phase of Behavioral Healthcare

Presented by Martha Whitecotton, RN, FACHE, Wayne Young, FACHE at 11:15 AM on Wednesday, March 30th.

The healthcare system has reached new levels of demand for behavioral healthcare services, with patients and providers experiencing significant challenges in mental health and substance misuse. As provider burnout increases and the need for evidence-based behavioral healthcare remains strong, healthcare organizations are increasingly challenged to meet the needs of their patients while also supporting their…