CPI is pleased to announce that Sapana R. Patel, Ph.D. will join our CPI staff as Director of Strategic Planning and Curriculum Development on November 16, 2015. In this position, she will provide CPI with expertise to navigate changes in the healthcare system and generate revenue streams to support our work. She will oversee the development, implementation, and financing of CPI products, working closely with CPI and OMH leadership to understand how CPI can meet the education and training needs around clinical practices of a range of stakeholders.
Dr. Patel is a bilingual (Spanish) licensed clinical psychologist with over ten years of experience in clinical supervision and designing training programs for behavioral health community providers. She has focused on improving the access, delivery and quality of care for individuals with behavioral health conditions. Dr. Patel brings expertise in implementation science and integrated care and has implemented policy-relevant training initiatives to increase dissemination of evidence-based practices to providers within the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYS-OMH) Article 31 clinics, a large Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in New York and NYS-OMH outpatient clinics. In her collaboration and leadership role at the Institute for Family Health, a Patient Centered Medical Home, Dr. Patel led efforts to identify training needs of multidisciplinary staff and developed a curriculum on collaborative and integrated care. In prior work at the Center for Practice Innovations, Dr. Patel assisted in the development of module-based behavioral health training for Managed Care Organizations to support system transformation goals. She has also worked in large behavioral health organizations to facilitate the adoption of evidence-based practices by developing stakeholder interrelationships, assessing the needs of the behavioral health marketplace, training and educating workforce clinicians, and understanding financial incentives.
Dr. Patel received her doctoral degree at Yeshiva University, completed her internship at Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University, and fellowship in dissemination and implementation science at Washington University in St. Louis. She is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry) and Associate of the New York State Office of Mental Health Center for Excellence in Cultural Competence in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. In these roles Dr. Patel has participated in several behavioral health services research projects focusing on strategies to transform provider behaviors and support person-centered, culturally competent care.
Please join us in welcoming Sapana Patel to CPI!