Douglas Stadter, MPA, has over 35 years of experience in planning, budgeting, implementing, and operational behavioral services programs in Arkansas. He has had extensive involvement in the state budgeting process; administration of state and federally funded programs; management of private, not-for-profit organizations; and psychiatric hospital administration.
Mr. Stadter is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Centers for Youth and Families, Inc., a comprehensive behavioral health program serving children, adolescents, and young adults with an annual budget of 20 million dollars and 350 employees.
Mr. Stadter excels in financial management, having held positions as a state budget analyst to CMHC business manager to CMHC Chief Operating Officer. For the past 17 years, he has developed budgets and key financial indicators for use by staff as well as the board of directors. He has a sound understanding of and the ability to interpret financial statements and audit reports. He has managed grants and contracts at all three levels of the government as well as Medicaid.
Before being promoted to the Chief Executive Officer of Centers for Youth and Families, Inc., he served as the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that position, Mr. Stadter was the Director of Operations for Counseling Associates, Inc., where he was responsible for the overall operational functions of a community mental health center with an annual budget of 7.1 million dollars. Mr. Stadter is experienced in strategic planning both at the agency and statewide level for provider associations. He utilizes service processes and portfolio management tools, as well as market analysis. In addition, he develops business plans for new products and services, including pro forma budgeting.
Mr. Stadter has 20 years of experience in Joint Commission performance improvement efforts related to behavioral health. This includes the establishment of policies and procedures designed to meet standards and the ongoing monitoring of performance improvement activities in outpatient and residential treatment settings. He is also dedicated to nonprofit development work, including the creation and operation of a private, single-purpose foundation to support a non-profit community behavioral health agency.
Mr. Stadter holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeast Louisiana University.

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