President's New Freedom
Michael F. Hogan, Ph.D.
Dr. Michael Hogan has served as Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health since March 1991. In the past two decades, Dr. Hogan has held leadership positions and led reform in the mental health systems of three states. Serving in the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health from 1976 to 1984, he developed innovative community mental retardation and mental health services, and served as Regional Administrator and Superintendent of Northampton State Hospital. Western Massachusetts became one of the only regions in the U.S. which serves mentally retarded and mentally ill citizens in a completely community-based system.
Dr. Hogan served from 1984 to 1987 as Deputy Commissioner, and from 1987 to 1991 as Commissioner of Mental Health in Connecticut. He was credited with leading Connecticut to fourth place ranking among the state mental health systems in 1990-tied with Ohio. During his tenure, Connecticut reduced state hospital use and costs, expanded and improved community services, and implemented purchase of service and information system reforms.
Since coming to Ohio in 1991, Dr. Hogan has guided Ohio's public mental health system through broad, challenging reforms initiated via the Mental Health Act of 1988. This legislation unified mental health care and leadership at the community level. To implement the legislation successfully, the Ohio Department of Mental Health has reduced state operations faster than any other state agency, and increased community mental health resources by more than $700M since 1990. This has been achieved within a Department budget that has grown less than inflation. Under Dr. Hogan's leadership, the Ohio Department of Mental Health has carefully and successfully closed four state facilities, privatized one, and consolidated administrative services and costs. The quality of care in the remaining hospitals is rated above national norms for private and public sector care. The Department has also piloted improvements in Quality Improvement, interagency collaboration, and outcome funding.
Dr. Hogan holds a doctorate from Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University. He served from 1994 to 1998 on the National Advisory Mental Health Council and is president of the board of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute. He has authored a book and numerous chapters and articles. He is married and has three sons.