Nationwide CEO Search
COCHS is announcing that it will begin a nationwide CEO search, as current CEO Vikki Wachino steps out of the CEO role to serve as COCHS senior advisor. Dan Mistak will serve as acting president, and Tracie Gardner will lead the nationwide search. Tracie is a nationally recognized advocate for reforming the criminal justice sytem, paticularly in addressing racial disparities.
Acting President and Director of Health Care Initiatives for Justice-Involved Populations - Dan Mistak
Mr. Mistak joined COCHS in February 2014 and brings a wide variety of experience. He is returning to COCHS as the Director of the Health and Justice Initiative after a two-year leave with the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i where he provided support to map Hawai‘i County’s behavioral health safety net and its interface with the criminal justice system. While there, he was a trial attorney and worked with justice-involved individuals regarding the collateral consequences of their justice involvement. Prior to joining COCHS, Mr. Mistak was a Senior Editor of the California Law Review at UC Berkeley, School of Law. His previous experience has focused on legal issues for underprivileged populations including representation of clients in asylum hearings, legal research surrounding the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and campaign finance. He holds Master’s degrees in Genetics/Cell Biology and Philosophy from Washington State University and Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Chemistry. He is admitted to practice law in California and Hawai‘i.
Chief Operating Officer - Michael DuBose
Mr. DuBose comes to COCHS with more than 30 years of combined experience in mental health, substance abuse, neighborhood health clinics, community-based agency administration and correctional health care in public, private and governmental settings. During the past 14 years, his experience has focused intensively on public health and correctional health care, working strategically to develop a community-oriented approach to correctional health care. Mr. DuBose has been instrumental in re-engineering systems and processes to implement the country’s largest community-oriented correctional health care delivery model to date. Since 1996, Mr. DuBose has served as an expert faculty member at Howard University in the area of HIV/AIDS and has served as adjunct professor at several colleges and universities and vocational schools throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area. In 2006, Mr. DuBose began providing independent correctional consultation. He travels throughout the country as an adult and juvenile subject matter expert in the areas of health care, food service, and environmental health and safety, conducting quality assurance reviews for Homeland Security U.S. Marshals, Immigration Customs Enforcement, and state and local correctional settings to ensure compliance with applicable standards. Mr. DuBose has an MSW with a concentration in administration, training and staff development from the University of Georgia.
Chief Information Officer - Ben Butler
Ben Butler has been the Chief Information Officer at Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS) since its founding in 2006. Mr. Butler's activities have included: providing technical assistance to local correctional institutions and health care providers on how the Affordable Care Act impacts populations involved in the criminal justice system; identifying technical solutions for creating health care connectivity between jails and communities; authoring articles on the role of local, state and federal policy in promoting the adoption of health information technologies in correctional environments; designing and developing COCHS M.A.P. Tool, a web application that generated maps identifying high need areas for justice involved individuals --this web application was listed as a Quality Tool by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality(AHRQ). Previously, Mr. Butler was a Senior Associate at Rosenberg and Associates where he designed and implemented two applications: the Bureau of Prisons Billing System for a health provider network servicing the Federal Penitentiary in Lompoc, California; and CardioTool an application that tracked cardiology procedures for Redbud Community Hospital in Clearlake, California.
Board Chair and Founder - Steve Rosenberg
Steve Rosenberg has more than 40 years of experience providing technical assistance and directing projects that increase access to health care for the most vulnerable populations in our nation. He founded Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS) in 2006 to develop a public health approach to serving the population of people who cycle through jails, and to connect them to community-based health care. Mr. Rosenberg is a specialist in health care policy and finance with expertise in Medicaid and correctional health.
Senior Advisor - Vikki Wachino
Vikki Wachino, principal of Viaduct Consulting, LLC, serves as Senior Advisor to COCHS. She has worked for more than 25 years to advance stronger health care policy for low income people in the United States and is the former Deputy Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where she oversaw all policy and operations for the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs, which serve more than 70 million Americans. She has also worked as a consultant, advising organizations on making policy, strategy and operational changes to advance the health of people with complex social needs, including people involved in the criminal justice system. Earlier in her career, Vikki worked at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and NORC at the University of Chicago. Vikki is the author of many publications on Medicaid coverage and financing and speaks frequently on these topics, including in testimony before the United States Congress.