David T. Jones was named Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) in July 2017. He is responsible for overseeing the $1 billion healthcare agency, comprised of six unique divisions: Administration and Finance; Planning and Innovation; Community Behavioral Health; Intellectual disAbility Services; Behavioral Health; and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer. He implemented a new Strategic Framework for DBHIDS in the fall of 2018, and is dedicated to approaching the work at hand with vision, innovation, and energy.
From 2013 to 2017, Jones served as Deputy Commissioner of DBHIDS. In that role, he provided oversight to the department’s fiscal and administrative operations. Prior to his time in Philadelphia, Jones was Chief of Behavioral Health and Crisis Services for the Montgomery County (Md.) Department of Health and Human Services. There, he administered a wide-range of diverse programs addressing child and adult mental health, substance use disorder, crisis centers, victims assistance, and consumer services.
As a behavioral health administrator with more than 25 years of progressive management experience, Jones has produced measurable results to improve the lives of children, adults, and families with behavioral health needs. He possesses in-depth knowledge of state and federal regulations inclusive of Medicaid managed care and mental health rehabilitation standards, and has excelled in managing both urban and suburban public behavioral health systems that achieved outcomes inclusive of increasing access to care and expanding the range of services available to residents with behavioral health care needs. Additionally, he has national experience developing multi-disciplinary coalitions to affect sustainable community-level change.
Jones holds a master of science in Community School/Clinical Child Psychology from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.