Sherry Lerch

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Sherry Lerch has over 30 years’ experience in the mental health and substance abuse service systems, ranging from direct service provision to system administration. Her public sector experience includes developing and implementing approaches that meet the needs of individuals with mental illness and co-occurring disorders, justice system involvement, and homelessness; providing holistic care for individuals with high risks/high needs, with a focus on addressing social determinants of health; assessing compliance with Olmstead; and identifying inter-agency and cross-systems approaches and solutions to resolve complex issues. Ms. Lerch’s areas of expertise include systems assessment, strategic planning, group facilitation, program development, and financing strategies.

Prior to joining TAC, Ms. Lerch served as Acting Deputy Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in Pennsylvania. Other roles have included Director of Policy, Planning and Program Development, Director of Operations, Special Assistant for Substance Abuse Services, and Chief of Care Management.

Recent Publications

Olmstead at 20: Using the Vision of Olmstead to Decriminalize Mental Illness (paper)

The Role State Mental Health Authorities Can Play in Delivery of Integrated Primary and Behavioral Health Care for People with Serious Mental Illness, including those with Co-occurring Substance Use Disorders

The Role of Permanent Supportive Housing in Determining Psychiatric Inpatient Bed Capacity

Putting Psychiatric Hospitalization into Context