Anya Perea, MSW Appointed CEO of Behavioral Health Center of Excellence

“The opportunity to lead BHCOE in this next phase of the organization’s evolution is an immense honor.”

The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence is pleased to announce the appointment of Anya Perea to the role of Chief Executive Officer. A social worker by early education and practice, Perea’s dedication to and passion for empowering individuals advancing the mental health industry spans decades. She’s been an operational and clinical leader in several positions and brings a patient-centered approach to all her work. Perea succeeds Sara Litvak, BHCOE’s founder, who will remain an advisor to the company.

“The opportunity to lead BHCOE in this next phase of the organization’s evolution is an immense honor.” said Perea. “This organization is built on innovation and a commitment to quality and access. These tenets will remain our guiding principles as we look with excitement toward the future. I am excited to work with the wonderful community BHCOE has built to continue to advance its important mission.”

Perea graduated with her Master of Social Work with honors and began postgraduate clinical work within hospital systems and with at-risk youth. She went on to lead the growth and national scaling of a private alternative educational model for students with unique learning needs. Recognizing the gap in service offerings for young adults with autism and her passion for such issues, Perea was then called to a leadership role within an organization that focused on preparing individuals for a life of greater independence and fulfillment. Before joining BHCOE, Perea served on the executive team of Refresh Mental Health, one of the largest national outpatient behavioral health companies, and ultimately the Optum Division of UnitedHealth Group.

BHCOE also announced that Anna Bullard has been promoted to Vice President of Strategy & Development, where she will lead partnerships and contribute towards the strategic vision of the organization.

“I am excited for the future of BHCOE, the field of ABA therapy, and our potential to make a substantial positive impact on the lives of patients and families with ASD,” Bullard said. “We intend to be a truly trusted partner to our community and a leader in the fight for better care for many years to come.”

The mission of BHCOE is to transform person-centered behavioral health by advancing measurement science, establishing performance-based standards, increasing access to quality care, and leading community collaboration. Established in 2015, BHCOE is a leading accreditation body for ABA providers, and over the years has collaborated with patients, caregivers, scientific experts, and providers to advance its mission.

Perea concluded: “Our success will be a result of aligned values and collaboration – not only within the BHCOE team, but within our larger community including oversight committees, providers, parent groups, and individuals with autism. It is through our combined effort and shared goals that we can make a real impact toward equitable, quality treatment and advancement in the field – and I can’t wait for the work ahead.”


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