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Diamond Appointed OMHSAS Medical Director
March 3, 2005

Department of Public Welfare (DPW) Secretary Estelle Richman announced the appointment of Mary E. Diamond, DO, as medical director for the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS). "Mary is a leader in her field and brings an abundance of knowledge and experience on psychiatry and children's mental health issues to the department," Richman stated. "I am confident that her professional and philanthropic experiences with issues affecting the health and well being of Pennsylvania's citizens will be a great asset to the Commonwealth."

As medical director Diamond will be responsible for assuring that all clinical programs for people with mental illness or substance abuse problems provided through DPW are of the highest quality, support a unified treatment system, and reflect a commitment to facilitating recovery in adults and resiliency in children. She will function as the chief psychiatric officer of the state mental hospital system and provides oversight to community services as the chief clinical officer.

Diamond has more than 30 years experience in healthcare and related policy fields, with 19 years of previous service at DPW. Most recently she has been in private psychiatric practice. Prior to establishing her own practice, Diamond served at Bryn Mawr Youth & Family, Holcomb Behavioral Health, and at Devereux Foundation's psychiatric inpatient hospital for children and adolescents. Early in her career she held positions at the former Haverford State Hospital and the Embreeville Center directing vocational rehabilitation and transitional employment programs.

Diamond is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, holds a masters in public administration from Penn State University, and baccalaureate and masters degrees in psychology from West Chester University.

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