News and Updates

8/2014 – BHN Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Wendy Orson, who succeeded Diane McFarland as Chief Executive Officer effective August 18, 2014.

Ms. Wendy Orson has been committed to non-profit mental health and substance use services for over twenty years.   She received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Angelo State University in Texas.  She is licensed as a Professional Counselor.  Prior to joining BHN, she served as the Vice President of Clinical Services at ALM Hopewell Center, with a focus on integrating behavioral health and primary care services.  Ms. Orson previously served as a Senior Vice President at Preferred Family Healthcare, and as the Chief Executive Officer at Comprehensive Health Systems in Hannibal, Missouri.  Ms. Orson has extensive experience in non-profit leadership, program development and planning, quality management, and developing community relationships.   She believes these experiences will help her carry out the mission of BHN to improve the community by leading behavioral health planning and coordination.  

3/2014- BHN to be honored at FOCUS St. Louis 2014 What’s Right With The Region! Awards for Fostering Regional Collaboration.

This award goes to the 100′s of people who have come together to improve the system of care for persons impacted by mental health and substance use issues. Many thanks!  WRWR Honorees Announcement Press Release 02 26 14



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