Health Program Director and TA Network Lead for Clinical Best Practices, Wraparound and Workforce Development
Dayana Simons has over 28 years of experience in policy and service design, development, and implementation; contract and project management; Medicaid and public sector managed care; and the provision of technical assistance. She currently serves as Lead for Clinical Best Practices, Wraparound and Workforce Development for the National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (TA Network) which operates SAMHSA’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health (NTTAC). As part of the core leadership team for the TA Network, Ms. Simons’ duties include coordinating its largest work hub, guiding the efforts of multiple core partners and managing cross hub coordination related to clinical, workforce development and wraparound deliverables. In addition, she co-leads and manages a national Quality Collaborative on Improving the Use of Psychotropic Medication for Youth in Residential Treatment Facilities; is responsible for administration of the TA Network’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Services Peer Curriculum; and serves as a primary technical assistance resource and coach to 11 System of Care grantee sites across the country. She serves as liaison and adjunct faculty for the Finance and Policy hub; and other responsibilities include development and implementation of quality assurance and improvement processes for material produced by and disseminated by the TA Network. Prior to her current position, Ms. Simons coordinated and managed a multi-year CMS funded multi-state quality collaborative focused on improving cost, quality and coordination of services and supports for children, youth and young adults with serious behavioral health challenges and their families. Past work experience includes management of efforts to improve the mental health delivery system for children involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems; and participation in state level re-design of the children’s behavioral health service delivery system in response to landmark class action EPSDT litigation; as well as oversight and monitoring service design and implementation for EPSDT remedy services. Ms. Simons’ began her career as a clinician serving multi system involved children and youth and their families. Ms. Simons has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Northeastern University (1986) and a Master of Education degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts (1992).