Announcing Services for the Underserved’s New CEO

Services for the UnderServed (S:US) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jorge R. Petit as the CEO of S:US effective February 14, 2022. Dr. Petit will replace Donna Colonna, who retires after 25 years of service to S:US.

Jorge R. Petit, MD

Jorge R. Petit, MD

Dr. Petit is a board-certified psychiatrist with over 25 years of public healthcare experience. For the last four years, he has served as the CEO and President of Coordinated Behavioral Care (CBC), a healthcare organization dedicated to improving the quality of care for Medicaid beneficiaries with serious mental illness, chronic health conditions, and/or substance use disorders.

Dr. Petit is extensively published as an expert in health and behavioral health and has served as a keynote speaker and presenter on numerous healthcare panels. Before joining CBC, he was the Regional Senior Vice President for New York State for Beacon Health Options and before that was the Founder and President of Quality Healthcare Solutions, a consulting firm that provided training and consulting services for healthcare systems including community-based behavioral health agencies, hospital systems, and local and state regulatory entities. He was the former Associate Commissioner for the Division of Mental Hygiene in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Dr. Petit sits on the board of Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) and Mental Health News Education (MHNE); is a Distinguished Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and a member of the Committee on Psychiatric Administration & Leadership in the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) as well as of many other organizations. Dr. Petit is the author of Handbook of Emergency Psychiatry and The Seven Beliefs: A Step-by-Step Guide to Help Latinas Recognize and Overcome Depression and the recipient of the Schiff Community Impact Award from The Jewish Board, the 2017 Greater Good Honoree, Corporate Social Responsibility Award and the 2018 Heritage Healthcare Organizational Leadership Award.

The behavioral health community is excited to be on the threshold of this new chapter in the history of S:US and could not be more delighted that its future direction will be led by Dr. Petit!

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