Theresa C. Wilson, MSW, LCSW, serves as the Executive Vice President and CEO of Inperium of New Jersey, Inc., which currently includes South Jersey Behavioral Health Resources, New Horizons Treatment Services and Crossroads Programs. Inperium of New Jersey is expected to expand with additional future affiliates. Through her efforts and in partnership with Inperium’s leadership, SJBHR officially affiliated with the organization in 2018. Ms. Wilson’s strategy and the impetus behind this affiliation was to secure and ensure the future viability of SJBHR, partnering with a larger organization and benefitting from shared resources, resulting in enhanced efficiencies.
Ms. Wilson brings to Inperium a long history of accomplishments working in the field of behavioral health services both in the private and public sector. From 2002 to 2007, Ms. Wilson served as the Deputy Commissioner of Disability Services for the State of New Jersey Department of Human Services. In this capacity she was responsible for operations and over 17,000 employees of the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Division of Developmental Disabilities, the Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Division of Disability Services, and the Department’s Facilities Support and Emergency Management. As Deputy Commissioner, Ms. Wilson regularly visited State-operated facilities as well as the community programs operated by private agencies contracting with the Department of Human Services. She also met regularly with consumers, family members, and staff as well as elected officials and New Jersey Legislators.
Ms. Wilson is also currently the President/CEO of South Jersey Behavioral Health Resources, Inc. (SJBHR), a New Jersey behavioral healthcare provider. Since accepting the leadership of SJBHR in 2007, she applied her extensive experience to building a team of experienced, multidisciplinary and dedicated subject matter experts who share her vision for the agency, and her belief that mental health consumers deserve community-based support services that will ensure progress toward living their best possible lives. One of the most demanding challenges Ms. Wilson faced was the critical need for implementing systems for continual program enhancements, monitoring and accountability and moving the agency toward having a sound organizational structure. Toward that end, she revamped service delivery models, expanded existing programs and introduced new services. Ms. Wilson developed Quality Improvement protocols including policies and procedures to guide organizational functions, and training programs to support staff development and ultimately the consumers served by the agency.
She instituted an electronic health records system that ensured success in managing many payers including Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurers, and as Social Security representative payees on behalf of consumers. Ms. Wilson successfully transitioned agency programs to a state mandated fee for service system. She has endeavored to ensure that a wide range of services are provided for persons who struggle with serious and persistent mental illness in one of the most challenging regions of the state.
From 1988 to 2002, as the Assistant Director of the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, she supervised both State psychiatric hospitals and community-based programs and had both operational and fiscal responsibilities for all the budgets and over $20 million in community contracts. She was also responsible for maintaining Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations accreditation of the hospitals and meeting all standards and regulations governing community programs.
From 1978 to 1988, Ms. Wilson served first as Assistant Director and then Executive Director of SERV Centers of NJ, Inc. SERV is a mental health private sector service provider.
Ms. Wilson is a member of several boards including the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, the Mental Health Corporation of America and the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers. She served as a charter member of the New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners for over 12 years. She has also worked as a consultant for private health care corporations in several states and has been asked to present at numerous conferences and other venues.
Theresa C. Wilson holds a Masters’ degree from Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.