Ron Lampert, who became president and CEO of Journey Mental Health Center in April 2016, has resigned.
He has been replaced by Lynn Brady, who had been Journey’s chief operating officer.
Lampert’s departure late last week was for “personal reasons,” Journey spokesman Mike Wiltse said Wednesday. In a brief phone interview, Lampert said he resigned because his wife has a health issue.
Lampert previously was a vice president at Thresholds, a mental health agency in Chicago. He replaced William Greer as leader of Dane County’s safety net provider of mental health and substance abuse services. Greer retired after heading up the nonprofit since 2005.
Journey offers a variety of services at 10 locations, from a Suboxone clinic for substance abuse addicts and treatment for released jail inmates to a mental illness clubhouse called Yahara House, and Kajsiab House, which offers mental health support for Hmong elders. It serves about 12,000 patients a year.
The agency moved its Downtown Madison headquarters to the West Side in August 2016, and started providing mental health services for Columbia County in September.
Journey applied last year to operate both of Dane County’s mental health crisis centers. One had been run by Journey and the other by Tellurian. The county awarded the contract for both to Tellurian.
In an interview with the State Journal in June 2016, Lampert said he wanted to expand and possibly merge with other providers. He said he wanted to change the way Dane County paid for mental health services, and said Journey stopped taking new Medicaid fee-for-service patients because the state’s rates were too low.
At a public forum this April, Lampert complained that human services surpluses were being used to balance the county budget instead of being reinvested in mental health services. The county provides more than two-thirds of Journey’s funding.