Tisha Deeghan Appointed Executive Director of Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board


Tisha DeeghanJuly 29, 2014

At today’s meeting, the Board of Supervisors appointed Tisha Deeghan as executive director of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB), the public agency for Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church that provides services for people with concerns related to mental health, substance use, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“It is a great privilege to receive this appointment by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors,” says Deeghan. “It is because the local leaders so deeply value the work of the Community Services Board that I am willing to leave a wonderful community and great recovery-oriented system of care in Genesee County, Michigan, to join Fairfax. I am excited for this opportunity and look forward to a smooth transition with the support of the Board of Supervisors, the CSB Board and staff, and the many others in the community who are working to improve the quality of life and health status of our residents.”

Deeghan has worked in the field of mental health and substance use disorder treatment and prevention for 33 years, including the past 13 years as senior vice president/chief operating officer for Genesee Health System (GHS) in Michigan. With a budget of about $150 million and a contract network of some 250 providers, GHS manages specialty services and supports for individuals with serious mental illness, intellectual/developmental disabilities and substance use disorders and children with serious emotional disturbance.  Deegan has led GHS’s managed care operations, as well as integrated health and wellness programs to address the often poor health status of the nearly 17,000 people GHS serves each year. Under her direction, GHS opened its first clinic primarily serving people experiencing homelessness, setting the stage for a second clinic in public housing to open this summer.

Before coming to GHS, Deeghan worked for 18 years as an accreditation surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) , an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services, and served as a national health care consultant in both public and private sectors.

Deeghan earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Social Work from Michigan State University, and received her Master of Health Services Administration/Public Health from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. She is licensed in Michigan as a social worker and as a marriage and family therapist. She will begin her new position on September 15 and will earn an annual salary of $160,000.

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