Alicia D. Smith, M.H.A., Director of Policy and Implementation
Alicia D. Smith, M.H.A., is Director of Policy and Implementation of Peg’s Foundation, the largest mental health funder in Ohio. In her role, Alicia advances the foundation’s strategic priorities to improve systems, programs, and policies in service to persons with mental illness. She supports the foundation’s work to identify sustainable solutions for the financing and delivery of crisis response services.
Alicia has over 25 years of experience with Medicaid and other public assistance programs and has worked extensively with national and state mental health and substance use disorder payment and regulatory systems and providers. She provided policy and program development and analysis consultation to numerous state Medicaid agencies. Alicia has also led several large scale, multi-stakeholder projects on behalf of Medicaid managed care organizations, community behavioral health providers, hospital and health systems, and state and national trade associations.
She serves as Consultant to Ohio’s Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) project, an initiative funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to reduce expenditures and improve the quality of care for Medicaid covered children through prevention, early identification, and treatment of behavioral and physical health needs. Alicia’s role is to ensure alignment between existing mobile crisis response and hotline services with InCK project model components. She recently designed a Behavioral Health Crisis Policy Roadmap template to help state policymakers move from the current state to future improved regulatory and payment policies. The roadmap is currently being utilized among Ohio stakeholders.
Alicia began her career in 1995 working at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (now the Ohio Department of Medicaid) as a policy and program developer. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and a master’s degree in health administration from The Ohio State University. Alicia is the current President of the Board of the College for Behavioral Health Leadership.