Joseph Deegan, business development liaison of Thomas Health, recently became president for the West Virginia Behavioral Healthcare Providers Association (WVBHPA), which Thomas Health joined this past year. The mission of the WVBHPA is to promote a quality system of behavioral health care for West Virginians.
As for his recent achievements, Deegan took advantage of a recent interim legislative session to bring some creative minds together to talk about addiction in West Virginia.
“The WVBHPA worked with the West Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors in sponsoring a legislative roundtable in December 2021, which focused on substance use disorder (SUD) issues,” he says.
Deegan is passionate about this new role because one factor that has played a large part in his career in health care involves advocacy.
“I really don’t know how it started, but I’ve been involved at the state and national level as an advocate around issues related to SUD. Since my late father was a respected politician in our community, it has been easy for me to maintain a strong emphasis in approaching public officials regarding the needs of those suffering from substance use disorders and their families,” he says.
The WVBHPA is committed to creating and sustaining healthy and secure communities and focuses on areas such as mental health, addiction, children services and developmental disabilities. The association’s members are behavioral health care provider organizations serving recipients in each of the Mountain State’s 55 counties.