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Behavioral health provider appoints chief strategy officer

February 22, 2017
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Allen Jansen
Allen Jansen. Courtesy Pine Rest

A local behavioral health provider has filled its newly created C-suite role.

Grand Rapids-based Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services said this month it promoted Allen Jansen to chief strategy officer.

He was most recently Pine Rest’s corporate director of community and residential services.

In the new role, Jansen will be responsible for leading teams that develop community programs, integrate existing programs in the Pine Rest continuum, develop relationships with public sector agencies and further define the Pine Rest strategic plan.

“This new position was developed to utilize Al’s incredible gifts, experience and expertise to assist the organization in prioritizing, developing and then implementing an almost unlimited list of strategic partnerships, collaborations and new programs,” said Bob Nykamp, COO, Pine Rest. “His focus will be to enhance access to care for all who seek behavioral health care as part of our healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”

Jansen said he’s excited to take on a role that will allow him focus on advancing the next generation of behavioral health care.

“We are in a time of tremendous changes related to behavioral health care — in which how the service is delivered, where the service is delivered, how the service is paid for and who we partner with to deliver the service are all in flux,” Jansen said. “I’m excited, because while it’s a complex and uncertain time, it’s also invigorating and will lead to better and less stigmatizing behavioral health care for many.”

Jansen’s background

Jansen has served as corporate director of community and residential services at Pine Rest since 2005. During that time, Jansen oversaw “dramatic growth” in services provided to children and adults across the state.

In October of 2014, Jansen took a leave of absence from Pine Rest to head Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital on an interim basis. He returned to Pine Rest in December of that year.

Previously, Jansen has served as executive director at Hope Network Behavioral Health Services and director of mental health services at Kent County Community Mental Health.

He also serves on the board of the Mental Health Foundation.

He holds a bachelor’s in social work and psychology from Grand Valley State University with a minor in elementary education.

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