Deputy Commissioner of Mass. DMH to Join McLean Hospital, Partners HealthCare System

March 2, 2000 -- Belmont, MA -- Paul Barreira, MD, deputy commissioner for clinical and professional services for the state Department of Mental Health (DMH), will leave the department to assume responsibilities as chief of Community Clinical Services and director of Medical Education at McLean Hospital, and as director of Public and Community Psychiatry for Partners Psychiatry and Mental Health system (PPMH), effective April 3.

As Chief of Community Clinical Services at McLean, Barreira will oversee the hospital’s satellite programs and services, and further develop the hospital’s growing number of partnerships with community-based mental health providers.

McLean Hospital is one of the largest providers of psychiatric and substance abuse treatment services in the Commonwealth. In recent years, the hospital has established services for adults, children and adolescents in a variety of geographical areas, including Boston, and the southeast and western parts of the state.

As Director of Public and Community Psychiatry for the Partners Psychiatry and Mental Health system (PPMH), Barreira will oversee implementation of PPMH’s strategic efforts to ensure that its services are accessible to the most impaired and neediest populations in the community. The members of PPMH, including McLean Hospital, Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospitals, Massachusetts General Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Newton Wellesley Hospital, provided psychiatric/mental health services for more than 240,000 outpatient visits and 8,153 inpatient discharges in fiscal year 1999.

Barreira brings to his new posts extensive experience in public health and community services. He has served as deputy commissioner of DMH since 1996. While there, he established clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults. He directed an inter-agency team that developed and began implementing a community-based treatment program for individuals with mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse. In addition, he fostered closer coordination of medical and psychiatric care for the state’s Primary Care Clinician Plan members with serious mental illnesses.

Barreira received the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill for "contributing to greater public understanding of brain disorders, working publicly to eliminate stigma, and publicly fighting discriminatory policies against people with brain disorders."

He is a graduate of Georgetown University Medical School; completed his internal medicine internship at Hartford Hospital and his adult psychiatry residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.