Kansas City, MO. (September 28, 2015) — The Board of Managers of New Directions Behavioral Health® (New Directions) announced the election of Jim Bailey to the position of Board Chairman and Ron Simmons to the position of Vice Chairman. New Directions, a privately owned company, provides managed behavioral health care services, employee assistance programs, health coaching and organizational consulting to health plans and to employers around the country.
"Both Jim and Ron bring a deep knowledge and passion for our mission of improving health through change," said John Quick, New Directions President and CEO. "Their extensive service to New Directions and strong leadership has guided us tremendously as we've grown from serving 1.4M members in 2008 to more than 12M members today."
"Behavioral health conditions are significant contributors to overall medical costs in the United States," said Bailey, Chief Marketing Officer for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. "Working together with health plans, New Directions makes a substantial impact in managing those costs and improving the quality of life for behavioral health patients. It's a mission I'm proud to be a part of."
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