Eileen Elias, MEd

Eileen Elias, MEd

Adjunct Professor, Disability Advocacy
635 Commonwealth Ave
(617) 353-2717
BA (General Science), Temple University, Philadelphia
MEd (Rehabilitation Counseling), Temple University

Courses Taught

  • HS475A1, Disability Advocacy and the ADA Law, Spring 2008 and 2009 Disability

Scholarly and Practice Interests

Public health and human services disability-based management, analysis, planning, consultation and training, advocacy, and education for Federal, State, and local agencies; for- and not-for-profit sectors; academia; constituent and trade organizations; foundations; and the media. Special emphasis on planning and implementing cost-effective and cost-efficient integrated systems of care targeting persons all disability groups.

Selected Publications

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Surgeon General’s Office (Elias, E., & Brann, E., Science Editors). (2005).Surgeon General’s call to action on addressing healthcare and wellness needs of persons with disabilities across the lifespan. Rockville, MD: Author.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (Elias, E., Contractor Author). (2002). Report to Congress on the prevention and treatment of co-occurring substance abuse disorders and mental disorders. Rockville, MD: Author.
  • Center for Mental Health Services (Elias, E., & Navon, M., Contractor Authors). (1998). Managing organizational change. In Humane managed care. Washington, DC: NASW Press.
  • Center for Mental Health Services (Elias, E., Contractor Co-Author). (1998). A public authority’s mandate for managed care: A study in managing organizational change. Rockville, MD: Author.
  • Elias, E. (1996). New system paradigm increases need for performance-based evaluation. Focus on Mental Health Services Research, 8, 5-6.
  • Elias, E., & Navon, M. (1996). Implementing managed care in a State mental health authority: Implications for organizational change. Smith Studies, 66, 269-292.
  • Elias, E., & Navon, M. (1995). The Massachusetts experience with managed mental health care and Medicaid. Health Affairs, 14, 46-49.
  • Elias, E., Flannery, R., Fletcher, V., Hanson, A., & McMillan, L. (1994). Educating for public managed care: The Massachusetts restructuring initiative. Innovations and Research.
  • Center for Mental Health Services (Leadholm, B., Kerzner, J., & Elias, E., Contractor Authors). (1993). Paving the road to recovery in mental illness: Beyond good intentions to a comprehensive system design. Washington, DC: Author.
  • Elias, E., Gubman, G., & Minsky, S. (1992). Risk of hospitalization: Development, reliability, testing, and validation of a new scale. Evaluation and Program Planning, 15, 13-21.
  • NIMH (Elias, E., Contractor Author). (1986). Case management services for persons who are homeless and mentally ill: Report from NIMH Workshop. Bethesda, MD: Author.
  • Elias, E. (1980). A clinical-consultative approach to supervision. Innovation in counseling services. Arlington, VA: International Association of Counseling Services.

Selected Presentations

  • Present on a wide variety of disability-based subjects inclusive of developing, implementing, and managing organizational change and the importance of accountability, health information technology, and assistive technology in addressing persons with acquired brain injuries.
  • Invited speaker for organizations including State and Federal governments; national public policy organizations; trade organizations such as the National Governors Association; and academic institutions such as Catholic University, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School, University of Michigan, and Boston University.
  • Invited international speaker and consultant for the World Health Organization, World Bank, and such countries as Afghanistan, Brazil, China, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, and the United Kingdom.
  • Invited to participate in the first Leadership Exchange for the International Initiative for Disability Leaders in Ottawa, Canada, August 2007.

Selected Grant Activity

  • Principal Investigator, Technology Enhanced Rehabilitation for returning service members with Traumatic Brain Injuries (application for 2009 Small Business Incentive Research/SBIR).
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Technology Enhanced Rehabilitation for Persons with Acquired Brain Injuries (NIH RO1 2009 Application).

Consulting and Professional Activities

  • Senior Policy Advisor for Disability and Mental Health, JBS International, Inc. Current.
  • 5515 Security Lane, Suite 800, North Bethesda, MD 20852 – 5007.
  • Deputy Director, Office on Disability, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) (2003-2008).
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), DHHS, Office of Policy, Program and Budget, Public Health Senior Analyst (2001-2003); Special Expert on Mental Health (2000-2001); and Senior Policy Public Health Consultant (1998-2000).
  • Organization Consultant, CPC Health/Chestnut Lodge (1998-1999).
  • Acting Commissioner, District of Columbia Commission on Mental Health Services (1997).
  • Behavioral Health Managed Care Expert, District of Columbia Health Care Finance Administration (HCFA) (1996-1997).
  • Commissioner, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Mental Health (1991-1996).
  • Instructor, Behavioral Sciences, Massasoit Community College (1990-1991).
  • Area Director/Superintendent, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Mental Health (1988-1991).
  • State-Wide Acute Services Coordinator, New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health & Hospitals, Office of Community Services (1986-1988).
  • Central Region Director (Essex, Monmouth, Middlesex, and Ocean Counties), New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health & Hospitals, Office of Community Services (1984-1986).
  • Chief, Kent County Mental Health Center, Community Support Services (1983-1984).
  • Director, Greater Trenton CMHC, Case Management Program (1981-1983).
  • Director, Horizon House, Inc. (1979-1978).
  • Instructor, Behavioral Science, Philadelphia Community College (1978-1980).
  • Reviewer, Journal of Mental Health. Current
  • Child Welfare League of America, Mental Health Advisory Committee Member, 2002-present.
  • International Initiative for Disability Leaders Facilitator.
  • National Association State Mental Health Program Directors, Board Member, 1993-1996.
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill for the District of Columbia, Board Member, 1999-2003.

Awards and Honors

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary recognition awards:
  • State of Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Human Services Award, 1997
  • State of Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Distinguished Service Award, 1996
  • Two Thousand Notable American Women, Fifth Illustrated Ed., American Biographical Institute, Inc. 1993.
  • Recognized for leadership and expertise by numerous international, Federal, State, and local government and nongovernment organizations for system transformation.