Richard H. Dougherty, Ph.D., is president of DMA Health Strategies and over the past 22 years, has consulted with businesses and government agencies to implement strategies designed to manage health systems change and quality improvement. He currently leads two separate strategic planning and implementation projects for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services; consults to the city of Philadelphia on a commission for children's behavioral health; facilitates the eight-county California Learning Collaborative for the California Institute of Mental Health, and oversees numerous other projects within the firm. He has written articles on self-directed services and quality improvement in mental health, worked on the Children's Mental Health Benchmarking Project, developed an RFP for San Diego County's Administrative Services Organization, and worked on a procurement project for the Massachusetts Medicaid carve-out and Massachusetts' Commonworks programs. Prior to forming DMA in 1987, Dr. Dougherty was a senior manager at BDO/Seidman, manager of finance and board member of National Mentor, Inc., and program manager for the Department of Social Services, in charge of residential procurement. He has an A.B. from Colgate University, an A.M. in social service administration from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in applied social psychology from Boston University. He has recently been treasurer and a member of the board of the American College of Mental Health Administration and is on the board of several other national and community organizations.