Senior Advisor for Health Care Financing & Policy
Suzanne Fields, MSW, is a clinical social worker with 25 years of experience. Her work has spanned multiple settings including Medicaid, managed care, mental health and substance use, child and adult services, and child welfare. Currently, Ms Fields is Faculty and the Senior Advisor for Health Care Policy and Financing at the University of Maryland, School of Social Works Institute for Innovation and Implementation. She also provides consultation and coaching to states involved in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s Innovation Accelerator Program. Previously, she served as the Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Health Care Financing with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In that role, she was responsible for leading the agency’s work on the Affordable Care Act and Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act, including policy, financing, regulations, federal and state implementation, and collaboration with federal partners. Prior to joining SAMHSA, Ms. Fields worked for the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC), a national nonprofit consulting firm. In that role, she assisted states in numerous Medicaid, managed care, mental health and substance use disorder efforts, dissemination of best practices, cross system financing, system design and delivery, and quality initiatives. Prior to joining TAC, Ms. Fields was director of the Office of Behavioral Health for Massachusetts Medicaid, where she was responsible for the purchasing, delivery, and quality of mental health and substance use disorder services for adult and child Medicaid beneficiaries through fee for service, integrated managed care plans and specialty behavioral health organizations. Additionally, Ms. Fields was responsible for the service design and implementation of best practice services for children and youth under the Rosie D. EPSDT lawsuit.