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Introduction

Gina Eckart is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 30 years of experience in the public behavioral health field. Until December of 2011, Gina served as Commissioner for the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction with responsibility for policy and funding of the publicly funded mental health and addiction system of care across the state. During that time, she worked closely with the Indiana Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning to improve efficiency and oversight of Medicaid funded behavioral health services. 

In addition, Gina oversaw the successful proposal and implementation of Indiana’s Access to Recovery (IATR) Grant program; collaborated with stakeholders to establish professional licensure for the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) workforce in Indiana; partnered with the legislature to increase clinical programming and quality assurance within opioid treatment programs; and transitioned funding for long-term state SUD hospital beds to community-based SUD provider programs. Prior to joining the State of Indiana, Gina served in various clinical and leadership roles at Midtown Community Mental Health Center. 

In addition to managing crisis and intake services, Gina was also responsible for managing the Center’s outpatient ambulatory detox program. Since joining HMA, Gina has assisted clients with strategic planning and evaluation of both substance use disorder and mental health programs, including serving as a coach for CMS’s Innovation Accelerator Program’s SUD and Serious Mental Illness (SMI) cohorts.    

Gina has served as an adjunct professor at the Indiana University School of Social Work, and on the Board of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. She has also participated as a trainer for law enforcement on mental health and addiction at both the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and local Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trainings. In addition to serving on multiple local advisory boards and panels, she most recently served on the Board of Hope Academy, a recovery high school. 

Gina earned both her Master of Science degree and Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University.  

Favorite Quote
"A high school student wrote to ask, 'What was the greatest event in American history?' I can't say. However, I suspect that like so many 'great' events, it was something very simple and very quiet with little or no fanfare (such as someone forgiving someone else for a deep hurt that eventually changed the course of history). The really important 'great' things are never center stage of life's dramas; they're always 'in the wings.' That's why it's so essential for us to be mindful of the humble and the deep rather than the flashy and the superficial." - Mr. Rogers 

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