Jeff O’Neil named CEO of Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services

CINCINNATI: Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services (GCB) Board Chairman Anthony Carter has announced Jeff O'Neil as CEO of GCB, the largest provider of comprehensive services for people with severe mental illness in the region.

O'Neil was previously Director of Community Support Services at GCB. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati and a Masters in Education from Xavier University. His management and leadership experience has focused on developing and leading quality services and programs for adults with severe mental illness, including most recently GCB’s Holistic Health Project Cincinnati, an integration of mental and physical health care.

His work with integrated health led to contracts with The Healthcare Connection, a local Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and QoL Meds, which created an on-site pharmacy. These efforts and O’Neil’s direction led to GCB winning a national SAMHSA grant to continue health integration. O’Neil continues to be an invaluable resource to the Ohio Department of Mental Health as they design a Health Home model for integrated health care throughout the state.

"Jeff O'Neil has spent most of his career in the field of mental health and brings an exceptional mix of leadership and expertise to the position," says Carter. "He knows the staff, he knows the strategic plan and he is a good fit for where we are headed as a leading mental health provider. Jeff has built strategic relations at the local, state and national level that will serve this agency and its clients well in the years ahead."

"I am both honored and privileged to assume the role of CEO here at GCB," says O'Neil. "After 22 years with the organization, my belief in our staff and the clients they serve is stronger than ever. I am fortunate and very proud to work with so many staff and leaders who are dedicated to our mission."

He added, " GCB has also appreciated [COO and acting CEO] Joe Johnston's leadership and service in the interim role which has allowed us 'not to skip a beat' in operations during the transition."