Integral Care CEO Search

Integral Care’s Chief Executive Officer will be retiring in the coming months after a stellar 50-year career of service in the cause of community mental health and developmental disabilities services including the last 30+ years leading the organization. A national search is underway to identify and recruit top-notch candidates to compete for this rewarding leadership opportunity.

This is a unique and transformative leadership opportunity to guide a large, complex behavioral healthcare organization with roots in community mental health and Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) services into the future of emerging managed care, competition and collaboration; expanding demand for behavioral healthcare services amidst diminishing resources; service and system integration with physical healthcare; a focus on outcomes, social drivers and prevention; and, higher than ever expectations for quality, compliance and public accountability. The new CEO must face these challenges while adhering to Integral Care’s commitment to recovery and resiliency-oriented systems of care that afford individuals hope, and the right to self-determination and choice.

As Chief Executive Officer (CEO), you will be the highest professional officer of Integral Care and will be responsible for the organization’s performance – programmatic, administrative, and financial. Key leadership roles will include collaborating with the Board to develop and implement Integral Care’s strategic vision; stimulating the development of state-of-the-art programming strategies that position Integral Care as a local, regional, statewide and national leader for achieving community impact; guiding, coaching and empowering the executive leadership team; with the Board and leadership team, setting and achieving programmatic and financial goals that assure a stable future; and, fostering a culture of excellence, service and accountability – both personally and for the organization. As the highly visible primary spokesperson for Integral Care, you will communicate plans and policies to broad audiences and develop and nurture productive relationships and resources deemed essential for the attainment of Integral Care’s goals and objectives. You will be an engaged and productive member of the community.

This is a unique opportunity to shape the future of Integral Care and to impact Behavioral Health and Developmental/IDD care for children, adults, and families in their communities and across the region and state.

To be successful leading Integral Care, the “Ideal” candidate should:

  • Be an experienced leader who is driven by both personal and organizational values reflecting a passion for meeting the needs of clients served by community mental health and developmental/intellectual disabilities services, as well as the needs of the community. For Boards and employees, it all begins with demonstrating servant leadership skills to meet the needs of a dramatically underserved and disadvantaged population.
  • Demonstrate the highest level of integrity and have a history of building trusting relationships – internally with the Board and staff, externally with communities, strategic partners, and funders.
  • Provide personal leadership within the organization including the development of leaders/managers at all levels.
  • Be a visionary who can look over the horizon and guide an organization, staff, and communities to achieve their potential.
  • Be a results-driven leader who has experience building and nurturing collaborative relationships with broad stakeholder groups – board, staff, consumers and families, communities, and a wide range of private and public partners – to shape a future of integrated and innovative systems of care.
  • Have demonstrated success leading large, complex behavioral health and human service systems that have regional reach and impact.
  • Be an innovator who fosters and supports a culture of creativity and risk-taking without sacrificing quality of services or financial stability.
  • Have demonstrated business acumen in today’s evolving healthcare environment while achieving both clinical and operational excellence in an organization with strong financial stability.
  • Have developed a wide range of relationships to improve/expand services, reduce/contain costs, solve community problems and secure an organization’s future through contracts, partnerships, collaborations, mergers and/or acquisitions.
  • Have exceptional political savvy and communication skills and a track record of building and maintaining close partnerships with appointed and elected officials.
  • Have a successful track record leading transformative change and strategic initiatives.
  • Be tech savvy and demonstrate data-driven decision-making including the use of data analytics in the management of organizations.
  • Be an authentic person with well-developed emotional intelligence – a pragmatic problem-solver who engages staff and stakeholders to be active participants in any solution.
  • Have a philosophy of shared leadership and collaboration and have a demonstrated commitment to, and experience, promoting an environment of inclusion, equity, and diversity.
  • Preferably hold a graduate degree in Behavioral Health, Business, Healthcare or Public Administration or a related field. Physician and PhD healthcare executives are encouraged, as are professionals who hold both graduate administrative and clinical degrees.
  • Have extensive knowledge and background in community mental health, behavioral health, substance use disorder, intellectual/developmental disabilities and allied human services coupled with progressive leadership and proven executive experience.

Integral Care is a local public agency charged with the planning and delivery of behavioral health and intellectual / developmental disabilities services in Travis County, Texas. Created as the Austin-Travis County Mental Health Mental Retardation Center in 1967, Integral Care completed a name change and initiated a new branding strategy in 2015. Home-based in Austin, Texas, Integral Care serves all of Travis County, Texas. Integral Care serves almost 27,600 adults and children through its primary service corporation. Enterprise-wide revenues for FY24 will total about $131.5M+.

Known for its leadership in central Texas’ community mental health system since its founding, Integral Care is committed to developing innovative solutions in response to rapidly changing individual and community needs. In its work, Integral Care’s greatest asset is its engaged and dedicated professional workforce of about 900 full and part-time clinical and administrative staff. Balancing the challenges of serving a large urban population while attending to the unique needs of its growing rural communities across the County has required Integral Care to adapt and change, using emerging and clinical best practices, community collaborations, technology and management expertise to their maximum advantage.

Integral Care is governed by a voluntary citizen Board of Trustees with members appointed by the City of Austin, Travis County and Central Health, the Travis County healthcare district. The Board represents diverse personal and professional interests from across the county. The Board is focused on selecting a new Chief Executive Officer to secure Integral Care’s future and lead it to new heights as a premier behavioral health and IDD services provider.

Located in Central Texas on the eastern edge of the American Southwest, Austin is the capital of the state of Texas, the Lone Star State. Austin has an estimated population of 961,855 according to the 2020 U.S. Census. Travis County is the fifth most populous county in Texas.

Austin is an incredible place to live, work, and play. The area’s warm climate allows you to enjoy outdoor activities virtually year round with 300 days of sunshine annually. As the “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin is known for its eclectic live music scene. It is also home to world-famous cuisine, including Tex-Mex, BBQ, breakfast tacos, and more.

For more information on what makes our city so unique, be sure to visit the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau website.


(Updated 12/12/23)

May 2023
  • CEO David Evans announces he is transitioning his role as Integral Care’s CEO to the next generation of leadership.
  • RFP launched for executive search firms.
June 2023
  • Executive search firms proposals reviewed by Board. 
  • Distributed anonymous survey to the community, collaborators, stakeholders, and staff to gain insight into the qualities and strengths they seek in Integral Care’s new CEO.
July 2023
August 2023
  • Results from anonymous community, collaborators, stakeholders, and staff CEO surveys complete. Click here for a synopsis of all groups.
  • Meyers Group gathered information and finalized plans and processes.
  • Meyers Group began a national search for Integral Care’s next CEO.
September 2023
  • Meyers Group will prepare candidates for the Board Search Committee.
October 2023
  • Board Search Committee will begin conducting interviews.
November 2023
  • Semi-final and final candidate interviews will take place with Integral Care’s Board of Trustees.
December 2023
January 2024
  • The board approves and hires Jeff Richardson as the next CEO.
  • CEO Jeff Richardson’s start date is March 29.