MHA Names Charlotte Ostman New CEO

The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Charlotte Ostman, MHA’s Chief Strategy Officer, to the position of Chief Executive Office effective June 5, 2017. Ostman will take over the role from Amy Kohn, who will retire in June after leading the mental health agency through a decade of innovation, expansion and collaboration.

“The Board of Directors is delighted that Charlotte will become the next Chief Executive Officer of the organization. We are completely confident that she is the right person to lead MHA,” said Board of Directors President Michael Lombardi, who established a Board Search Committee following Dr. Kohn’s announcement last summer.

“Over the past two years, I have had the pleasure of working closely with Charlotte as we developed, executed and sustained large-scale business initiatives and change efforts. She has done an outstanding job, and I am confident her keen understanding of the complex behavioral healthcare world and her sharp acumen will continue to set MHA apart as an innovative leader in the community,” said Dr. Amy Kohn.

Ostman joined MHA in May 2015 in the newly created position of Chief Strategy Officer, a role designed to assist the organization to develop its capacity for responding to evolving environmental pressures and a rapidly changing world of healthcare. In her time at MHA, Ostman has played a key role in developing relationships and business partnerships that will continue to be instrumental during ongoing healthcare transformations. Ostman, who earned a BS from Cornell University and a MSW from New York University, has extensive management and practice experience developing and delivering behavioral healthcare in various community-based medical settings. Special areas of interest include crisis intervention, integration of medical and behavioral health, value based reimbursement and telehealth.

“I joined MHA because of its forward-thinking leadership and excellent reputation for high quality behavioral health programs and services. It is a tremendous honor to have been chosen to lead the organization,” said Ostman. “The current healthcare environment is dynamic, but full of opportunity. I am excited to guide the next chapter of growth and innovation by maximizing the use of data and technology to deliver value based care.”