Dayana Simons (she, her, hers) has over 25 years of experience in children’s behavioral health, Medicaid, and managed care. She is a nationally recognized expert in behavioral health policy and service design, development, and implementation with extensive experience in contract and project management. She serves as subject matter expert for several states on efforts related to development and implementation of children’s behavioral health redesign in response to Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) litigation, and on systems of care for children, youth, young adults with serious mental health conditions, and their families.
Prior to joining TAC, Ms. Simons served as Health Program Director at the Institute for Innovation & Implementation at the University of Maryland-Baltimore School of Social Work. As part of core leadership for the National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health, she co-led a national collaborative to improve the use of psychotropic medication with youth in residential care settings, and oversaw the Mobile Response and Stabilization Services peer curriculum. Ms. Simons was primary consultant and coach to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) System of Care grantee sites in multiple states. With the Center for Health Care Strategies, she oversaw a multi-year, multi-state quality collaborative, funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and focused on improving cost, quality, and coordination of services and supports for children, youth and young adults with serious behavioral health challenges and their families. Ms. Simons began her career as a clinician serving multi-system-involved children, youth, and their families.