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SME Membership Meeting

January 23 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

SME Membership Meeting: Thomas Otten, VP of Avera Behavioral Health Hospital

Tuesday, January 23, 2024
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Country Club of Sioux Falls
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Mental Health in the Workplace
This presentation will present the current crisis with mental health issues and a little about what Avera is doing to combat the crisis.  We will discuss warnings signs, the role of impulse decisions, and discuss what you can do to help others.

About Thomas Otten:
Thomas Otten, Assistant Vice President of Avera Behavioral Health Hospital and behavioral health service line administrator throughout Avera footprint, has a broad background in administration, with specific training and expertise in counseling and psychology. He is responsible for all inpatient and outpatient operations. His role encompasses strategy, change management, budgeting and therapeutic programming in addition to numerous administrative duties.

Thomas has over 26 years of experience with Avera Behavioral Health and previously served as a counselor, Child and Adolescent Services Manager, and inpatient director.  As a counselor he utilized cognitive behavioral therapy to work with kids, adults, and couples.  In overseeing all aspects of behavioral health services to children and adolescents he helped grow the program from an 11 bed adolescent unit to 40 beds with child and adolescent units.  As the Director of inpatient Avera Behavioral Health, he oversaw all aspects of the 122-bed inpatient Avera Behavioral Health Center, the ECT center, and the Partial Hospital program.  His leadership assisted in moving the patient satisfaction scores from below the 50th percentile to frequently above the 90th percentile.   He became the Assistant Vice President with expanded administrative and leadership duties in December 2017.

A native of South Dakota, Otten holds master’s degrees in educational psychology and counseling. He has a heart toward improving access and quality of mental health services for children, individuals and families. He has been instrumental in the development of life-changing programs including the Family Visitation Center, The Avera Addiction Care Center, and the Helmsley Behavioral Health Center. He has advocated for the Link as a first step toward getting help for substance use disorder and has been a champion for the Zero Suicide program. He has served on various boards throughout the community.



January 23
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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The Country Club of Sioux Falls
3400 W 22nd St
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
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