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HOUSTON, Aug. 18, 2021 -- The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD is proud to announce the recognition of Wayne Young, chief executive officer, as one of this year’s Top 25 Innovators by Modern Healthcare Magazine.
As a champion in reshaping the behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disability industry, Young has proved to be an essential figure in this field within Harris County, Texas and beyond. Continually working to improve access and quality of care, Young has received numerous accolades demonstrating his commitment to innovation and excellence within this field.
“I am truly honored and humbled to be recognized as a top innovator in healthcare,” stated Young. “The behavioral health industry is making great strides in improving the overall perception and access to care, allowing for greater outcomes within our communities. In order to better serve our clients, it’s important for organizations, such as The Harris Center, to develop groundbreaking solutions to the challenges we face. I am proud to be a part of such passionate group of individuals who are dedicated to improving the lives of those who entrust us with their care.”
This year’s Top 25 Innovators championed solutions to reshape the industry in big and small ways, pushing boundaries to help solve healthcare’s greatest challenges.
"There’s never been a more urgent time for the industry to experiment with innovations that can reshape how care is delivered. The members of this year’s class of Top 25 Innovators have introduced ideas that engage consumers in new ways, lower healthcare costs and take unique approaches to managing population health. The honorees were selected for their work in one of four areas: consumerism, cost reduction, population health and quality/safety. They were selected from nearly 200 nominations. We congratulate this class of honorees and look forward to following their careers," said Aurora Aguilar, editor of Modern Healthcare Magazine.
The complete ranking is currently featured in the August 16 issue of Modern Healthcare Magazine, along with profiles of each honoree. Visit ModernHealthcare.com/awards/top-25-innovators-2021 for more information.
About Wayne Young
Wayne Young, MBA, LPC, FACHE serves as the chief executive officer of The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, the state-designated local mental health and local intellectual and developmental disability authority for Harris County, Texas. As the CEO of one of the largest behavioral health organizations in the nation, Young is passionate about the planning and delivery of large-scale behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities services to a population who rely upon safety net systems of care.
Young recently served as the chair of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Behavioral Health Advisory Council and has served in governance and leadership roles in various professional organizations such as the American Hospital Association and the Texas Hospital Association.
About The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
The Harris Center is the state-designated local mental health and intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) authority serving Harris County, Texas. As the largest behavioral health and developmental disability care center in the State of Texas, The Harris Center provides a full continuum of services to 88 sites across Harris County, serving approximately 80,000 individuals annually. Learn more at TheHarrisCenter.org.
Wayne Young, MBA, LPC, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
Wayne Young currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD (The Harris Center), the state-designated Local Mental Health Authority and Local Intellectual and Developmental Disability Authority for Harris County. As the CEO of the largest behavioral and developmental disability care center in Texas, Mr. Young oversees the planning and delivery of behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities services to over 88,000 people per year and manages an annual budget of over $270 million.
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