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Office of Behavioral Health Names Deputy Director of Community Programs

Dr. Elizabeth Tupa

The Office of Behavioral Health has appointed Elizabeth Tupa, Ph.D., as the Deputy Director of Community Programs.

Tupa will lead community partners and state and federal agencies toward the efficient and effective development and utilization of community behavioral health services and resources.  She will strengthen the use of trauma informed and integrated care and recovery principles in the development and delivery of services. She also will oversee the licensure, designation and regulation of Colorado’s substance abuse and mental health service providers and facilities.

"Dr. Tupa brings a wide variety of experience in clinical settings to her new assignment," said Patrick Fox, M.D., acting director, Office of Behavioral Health. "She is committed to data-driven outcomes that will help us improve care delivery for those in our community who need our services, and I am excited to welcome her to our team."

Tupa earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1995, where her research included the importance of communication skills in school-age children and pregnant substance-abusing women, as well as the cognitive strategies used by clinicians when making mental illness diagnoses. 

Additionally, her experience includes public mental health service delivery and mental health case law, work with juvenile offenders, at-risk infants and mothers at community mental health centers, and leadership positions at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan, including Associate Hospital Director.