Executive Profile – Nicole Lievsay

November 19, 2015 Vashtai Kekich


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“My work and roles have positioned me well to represent the Institute in Houston and to develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders and create an environment of collaboration,” says Nicole Lievsay, the new Harris County Regional Director of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. Nicole brings with her a diverse and robust background that is an excellent complement to the goals and objectives of Institute. Nicole joins us with over 20 years of experience in criminal justice, behavioral health, family services and health care. While collaboratively developing programs and policy at the federal, state and local levels, Nicole built partnerships across sectors while focusing on systems development and transformation.

“We look forward to her leadership in facilitating collaboration and support of improved outcomes for those with mental illness in the Houston community and strengthening our presence in the region with her strong background in both public policy and behavioral health care,” says Phil Ritter, Chief Operating Officer of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.

Nicole was most recently the Director of Health Systems Strategies, Waiver Operations, at the Harris County Hospital District, which services the 3rd largest county and 5th largest city in the country, and also serves as the coordinating entity for Texas’ largest health care transformation system. Building on her prior experience in Harris County, Nicole led Harris Health System’s implementation of the 1115 Medicaid Transformation Waiver in a nine county region centered in Houston. In this role, she was responsible for ensuring the success of over $2 billion in health care transformation projects.

She has worked at all levels of the government and says through her work “she gained an appreciation for the importance local mental health systems play in effective behavioral health care.” Nicole has expertise in a vast array of areas, both in public and private sector, including public policy, strategic planning, policy and procedure development, behavioral health care and community affairs.

As the Harris County Regional Director, Nicole will build important relationships and further the Institute’s mission in her hometown, “I hope to continue contributing to this progressive and dynamic community.”

Nicole is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. We are excited to have her join the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute team and to strengthen our presence in the important and diverse Houston community.