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Office of Mental Health

IPPI Team

Co-Directors:

Suzanne B. Feeney, MBA
Deputy Commissioner, Division of Quality Management

At the Office of Mental Health, as Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Quality Management, Suzanne Feeney oversees key OMH initiatives related to clinical risk management, quality improvement and accreditation. She collaborates closely with colleagues across OMH’s divisions to advance a strategic approach to quality care, improved outcomes, and systems change.  The Division of Quality Management also includes Project Management, Central Files, and the Bureau of Cultural Competence.

Suzanne returned to State service and joined OMH in 2018, following nearly 25 years working in the private sector.  While at UnitedHealth Group’s health services division, Optum, she served as General Manager, Behavioral Solutions and Senior Vice President, Medicaid and Risk Enablement.

Early in her career, Ms.  Feeney worked for the NYS Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities doing field-based case management and advocacy.  She also served people with limited English Proficiency (LEP) through not-for-profit organizations and as a judicial interpreter.  Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and a Master of Business Administration from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York.

Thomas E. Smith, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Besides his role as CMO at the Office of Mental Health, Dr. Smith is Co-Director of the OMH Center for Behavioral Health Integrated Performance Measurement, and Special Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. He oversees clinical and quality aspects of the New York State public mental health system with a focus on improving access to prevention, recovery and rehabilitation services for persons with serious mental illness (SMI).

He is the recipient of numerous NIMH and foundation grants for studies of engagement strategies for high-need persons with SMI; services for persons with first episode psychosis, and inpatient psychiatry discharge planning and care transition practices.

Dr. Smith earned his M.D. at Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Chicago before coming to New York where he has had extensive experience as a clinician, hospital administrator, and researcher, initially at Weill Cornell from 1989 - 2001.

He moved to Columbia in 2001 and in 2008, joined the behavioral health services research division at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Smith participated in the design and implementation of New York State’s behavioral health Medicaid Managed Care redesign and has played a lead role in OMH programs that support population health monitoring for engagement in care and adverse events.

He has also played a major role in developing novel approaches to system level quality and performance measurement to support the state Medicaid Program’s transition to value-based payment models.

Steering Committee Members:

Adrienne Anderson, MPH
Project Director, Analytic Intelligence

Adrienne works to standardize processes and develop infrastructure for efficient and productive data use within OMH. In line with the goals of the Institute, Adrienne helps orient staff to available resources and to how they can use those resources to inform actionable insights.

Prior to joining the Office of Mental Health, Adrienne was the Manager for Behavioral Health Integration at the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. In that role, she oversaw a portfolio of investments in local behavioral health providers and community hospitals, managed research projects, and supported interagency efforts to promote access to high-quality behavioral health care.

Adrienne earned a Bachelor of Arts from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Regulatory Affairs from Yale University.

Jeremy Darman, MSW MA
Special Assistant to the Executive Deputy Commissioner

Jeremy oversees strategic planning, reinvestment, and local and regional agency planning and operations at the Office of Mental Health.

Prior to his service with the State, Jeremy held positions in policy analysis and governmental relations where he provided member technical assistance and worked closely with the State Legislature and Executive to promote organizational priorities. Jeremy also previously served as an adjunct instructor and research assistant at the State University of New York at Albany School of Social Welfare. Jeremy holds Master of Social Work and Master of Arts in Criminal Justice degrees from the State University of New York at Albany.

Christopher Marcello, MPA
Deputy Director, Western Field Office

Christopher serves as Deputy Director of the Office of Mental Health’s Western Field Office located in Buffalo.  The Western Field Office encompasses a 19-county area including the Niagara Frontier, Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions of the state.  As Deputy Director, Christopher provides oversight and direction for the Field Office functional areas of budget and finance, residential development and community housing and managed care, as well as general office administration and direction under the leadership of Western Field Office Director Christina Smith.

Prior to his service with the Office of Mental Health, Christopher was an analyst with the New York State Division of Budget (NYSDOB) in the Intergovernmental Relations Unit.  In this role, Christopher worked on the State’s response to municipalities in financial distress, including issues related to local indebtedness and development of local fiscal stability authorities, as well as initiatives related to local government reform.  Christopher holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Marleen Radigan, DrPH.
Director of the OMH Office of Performance Measurement and Evaluation (OPME)

Dr. Radigan oversees a large group of Research Scientists and is responsible for data management, reporting and analytical functions for OMH.  Dr. Radigan has numerous publications focusing on organizational factors that affect innovation in healthcare settings, patient satisfaction with mental health services, and optimal indicators for program quality and patient outcomes.

In addition, Dr. Radigan holds a joint appointment at Columbia University in the Department of Psychiatry and serves as co-investigator on several Federal grants.  Dr. Radigan’s role on the IPPI is advisory related to OMH evaluation activities, policy direction and dissemination of findings.

Adrienne Ronsani, MS
Director, Behavioral Health Integrated Performance Measurement Center

Adrienne leads the work of the Behavioral Health Integrated Performance Measurement Center at the Office of Mental Health.  She directs the Center’s efforts to identify, test, and implement quality and performance measures for the State’s rapidly evolving public mental health system.  Adrienne is also involved in OMH projects related to the analysis and evaluation of the transition of Medicaid-reimbursed behavioral health services into Managed Care.

She previously held Research Scientist positions at the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports working on data analytics and performance measurement and at the New York State Department of Health focusing on program evaluation for a chronic disease prevention program.  Adrienne has an MS in Epidemiology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health.

Amanda Saake, LMSW, CPRP, NYCPS-P
Special Assistant to the Commissioner overseeing the Office of Consumer Affairs

Amanda manages and directs the operations and program activities of the Office of Consumer Affairs, which ensures the inclusion of recipient and family’s perspective into OMH policy making, planning, program development, and evaluation.

Amanda oversees and influences the interface between the consumer aspects (who are current and former users of mental health services) and the operational implementation of new programs and guides changes to existing programs into all areas of the mental health system.

Amanda has more than 14 years’ experience providing direct service and supervision in the human services workforce. Amanda has worked in a broad range of settings, including supportive housing, Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), harm reduction, LGBT youth outreach, Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS), and outpatient mental health as both a practitioner and supervisor.

Amanda’s commitment to high quality, recovery-oriented care is also personal stemming back to her first encounters with the mental health system at the age of 17. Amanda is a graduate of Marywood University and Columbia University School of Social Work.

Dhanushki Samaranayake, PhD.
Director of Program, Policy, and Thought Leadership

In her role, Dr. Samaranayake develops short and long-range plans and goals for IPPI. In addition, she leads project identification, initiation, planning, implementation, analysis, and interpretation of the results for IPPI. Other tasks include assisting to develop and issue white papers, policy documents, and clinical advisory memos for internal and public distribution.

Prior to her role with OMH, Dr. Samaranayake held positions at the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and led numerous research projects. Her contributions to public health initiatives at NYSDOH included expertise in policy formulation and prioritization, project management, program evaluation and research, organizing awareness campaigns, compliance monitoring, and database management. Dr. Samaranayake also serves as an adjunct instructor at The Sage Colleges, Troy NY.

Dr. Samaranayake earned her Doctorate in Philosophy from the State University of New York at Albany and was a major in Biomedical Sciences.