The Center for Mental Health welcomes new CEO

By Press Release


The Center for Mental Health welcomes Shelly Spalding as its new chief executive officer. Spalding replaces the retiring Jon Gordon who served the center for the past 20 years.

Spalding comes to the Center for Mental Health from Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. (BHI), of Aurora where she served as the chief executive officer. BHI is a nonprofit Medicaid managed care company that contracts with treatment providers to provide quality services.

Spalding's background includes 28 years serving both urban and rural nonprofit community mental health and human services organizations. She has experience in serving the behavioral health needs of children, adolescents, families, adults and older adults. She also has extensive experience in integrated systems of care. Her strengths include comprehensive experience in managed care, clinical service delivery systems, leadership and management of staff, building community collaborations and strategic planning. Spalding began her career as a residential manager of an intensive development home for people with developmental and behavioral disabilities. She worked her way up to become the chief executive officer of BHI and now the Center for Mental Health.

When asked about any changes that she would be making at the Center for Mental Health, Spalding states, "We will be expanding upon the strong foundation built over the past 20 years and will be making the changes necessary to remain a valued service provider to our clients and community partners."

The center's board of directors is excited to find a highly qualified, personable, and experienced candidate to fill the chief executive officer role. Sharron Baldwin, president of the board states, "Shelly brings with her the level of experience we need, the courage to lead in the rapidly changing healthcare environment, and the vision to bring innovation and creativity to this 53-year-old dynamic organization."

The Center for Mental Health is a non-profit community mental health center serving residents of the six counties of Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel. Organized in 1984, the center provides both mental health and substance use disorder services with a staff of 130 and a budget of over $12 million.