Michael W. Johnson, M.A., CAP, has accepted an appointment as the managing director of CARF International’s Behavioral Health accreditation area, the position most recently held by Nikki Migas. His role officially begins March 1.
In announcing Johnson’s appointment, CARF President/CEO Brian J. Boon, Ph.D., said, “Public attention is focused on the critical need for behavioral health services in our society. Michael will bring multiple perspectives to CARF through his experience with a state agency and his expertise as a service provider and former surveyor. His unique skills and knowledge will help position CARF for the challenges ahead and strengthen CARF’s mission of enhancing the lives of persons served.”
Johnson brings 30 years of experience in the behavioral health field to CARF as a clinician, manager, and executive. Most recently, he was the assistant director of the Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health, an agency that delivers or finances all public-sector behavioral healthcare for more than one million residents of a diverse central California county. He previously served as a chief operating officer of the DeKalb Community Service Board, which provides behavioral health, substance abuse treatment, and developmental disability services at more than twenty locations in DeKalb County, Georgia. No stranger to accreditation, Johnson was a CARF surveyor between 1995 and 2011.
Johnson will be responsible for planning and executing CARF’s strategic business activities related to developing standards and cultivating growth of accreditation programs in the Behavioral Health accreditation area. He will conduct in-depth research and analysis of market data and deliver presentations on the CARF standards, accreditation process, and marketing trends to decision makers. He will also represent CARF at industry associations, conferences, and symposia.