David Hughes, Ph.D.

David is the president of HSRI and a nationally recognized expert in the field of behavioral health services research—with particular expertise in evidence-based practices, outcome and quality measurement, and cost simulation models. He has worked on more than 15 projects for SAMHSA, including as Director of the Adolescent Managed Care Study; Project Director and Developer for the Mental Health/Jail Diversion Resource Allocation and Planning Model; Senior Research Specialist for the Evaluation of Programs to Persons who are Homeless with Mental and/or Substance Use Disorders; and as an evaluation specialist for Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health). For CMS, he has provided technical assistance to more than 12 state agencies on HCBS mechanisms, program design, service delivery systems and self-direction services—and in particular on 1915(i) State Plan Amendments and behavioral health services. He served as the Behavioral Health Technical Assistance Director to the Real Choice Systems Change Transformation grantees; led the data analysis team for the California 1115 Bridge to Health Care Reform Waiver needs assessment; serves as a Senior Advisor on HSRI’s APCD projects in Maine and Colorado; served as the Project Director for a CMS grant on cost and quality transparency in healthcare; and served as the Technical Assistance Director for Mental Health on the CMS-sponsored National Quality Enterprise. As the Project Director and Developer for the Mental Health/Jail Diversion Resource Allocation and Planning Model Project, David led a team that developed a budget simulation and resource allocation model to project the costs and potential cost offsets of implementing jail or prison diversion programs for offenders with mental illness and substance use disorders.