Stephen M. Merz, FACHE


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Sheppard Pratt


Stephen M. Merz, FACHE, is COO of Sheppard Pratt Solutions, a division of Sheppard Pratt, one of the largest behavioral healthcare organizations in the nation. Stephen’s career spans nearly 30 years and includes roles as interim president/CEO and executive vice president, operations, Diamond Healthcare; president/CEO, Maine Behavioral Healthcare; and vice president/ executive director of behavioral health at Yale New Haven Hospital.
Stephen’s work focuses on integrating behavioral healthcare into the overall healthcare system, including establishing alternatives to acute care settings, developing novel approaches for chronic conditions such as depression and ensuring behavioral healthcare services are financially strong.
Stephen has served on national and regional boards, including the National Association of Behavioral Healthcare. He served as chair of the Behavioral Healthcare Councils of the Maine and Connecticut Hospital Associations, and served as Regent for Connecticut of ACHE. Stephen has a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Mr. Merz serves as faculty for the following ACHE seminar: 
  • Behavioral Health Challenges, Strategies and Solutions: The Business Case for Meeting Community Needs