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Richard Louis, III

Vice President, Western Region


Gettysburg, Pennsylvania




Richard Louis, III has extensive experience as a behavioral health administrator, business development specialist and innovator of new service lines.  Before joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Louis was the Director of Development For – Behavior & Addiction Medicine at Southern California Healthcare Systems Inc of Prospect Medical. He was involved with projects focused on health care integration, new service lines, and health plan contract development.  In that role, he pioneered the development of a series of innovative and profitable integrated behavioral health treatment and population health management solutions that target high cost and complex behavioral health populations.

Mr. Louis was also the Executive Director of Strategic Development and Planning at Pathways – Molina Healthcare, the division of the health plan operating behavioral health services in 23 states. In this role, Mr. Louis developed and launched population health management program strategies that included in-community care management and in-home coordinated care services to reduce hospital re admissions, emergency department (ED) visits and improve HEDIS scores for national health plans and managed care organizations.

Mr. Louis served as the Psychiatric Hospital Administrator/Assistant Director of Mental Health at San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health in California.   He is experienced in behavioral health program management, clinical operations, strategic alliances and outcome-based service delivery models for complex adult and youth populations.

Mr. Louis also served in various positions at College Health Enterprises (CHE), a Los Angeles based for-profit hospital system, most notably serving as Vice President of Government Operations. While in this role, he created the first public sector division for CHE by establishing new service lines, contracts and new profit/revenue streams. His responsibilities included business and program development as well as administration of inpatient, outpatient and residential continuums of care for public payers (i.e. county mental health systems, state department of developmental disabilities, county jail, state prison and federal government agencies).

Mr. Louis also has over thirty years as an active-duty reserve police officer (volunteer) currently holding the rank of Captain, City of Monterey Park Police Department in Los Angeles County. He has worked closely with police, county sheriff’s departments and healthcare systems to educate and craft “treatment versus incarceration” collaborations promoting treatment and cost-effective crisis triage interventions for persons with mental illness.

Mr. Louis graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Whittier College and is a Police Academy Graduate from Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California.

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