Brandon Hatch has taken the helm at Davis Behavioral Health, replacing Ronald Stromberg of Bountiful.
The Syracuse resident has worked in various capacities at the agency, and has been very involved in supporting community activities. In fact, word of his appointment was received with high praise from several people from varying fields in the county who know him well.
“Brandon is going to be fantastic in that role” of CEO, says County Commissioner Bret Millburn, who sits on the DBH board of trustees. As mandated by state law, DBH operates as a quasi-independent agency under the direction of the Davis County Commission.
“With around 16 years of intimate working knowledge of DBH in almost every facet of the operation, he really knows it. He knows the community. He has developed relationships that are going to be important, and he has the trust and faith of the employees.
“The bottom line, he really knows what DBH is all about – and it’s about the consumer, those they serve,” Millburn said. “One thing that impressed me, is that he’s been through their (DBH) better days, and through some of their challenges. And now during the past two years he’s been under the tutelage of Ron (Stromberg).
“DBH is headed in a great direction, but Brandon knows status quo isn’t where we want to be. He has the desire, knows we can move to a higher level,” Millburn added.
“I can’t speak highly enough of Ron and the things he’s done to put DBH on the path they’re on,” the commissioner said of the two years Stromberg led the agency.
“The primary goals should always be built around those it serves,” Hatch says. “We believe in long-term recovery, helping our consumers get their lives back on track, and improving their quality of life.”
His appointment coincides with consolidation of several DBH clinics, a move spearheaded by Stromberg, himself a veteran of decades of work with behavioral health and various related issues.
Facilities at DBH headquarters, on the border of Kaysville and Layton, at 934 S. Main, Layton, are being expanded by 15,000 square feet and will provide a more centralized location for clients to access services.
Those will include mental health and substance abuse services for children and adults, the provided material says. Some $3.5 million in facility revenue bonds are being used to finance the project. No tax dollars are involved.
It’s also believed by DBH and county officials that the move will eliminate duplication and, in the end, save on funds, especially in these tight economic times. Discontinuing use of older, less efficient buildings will reduce overhead and help offset the cost of new construction.
The agency’s children and youth services have been housed in the combined facility for several years.
“Davis Behavioral Health is interested in moving toward the integration of behavioral health with primary healthcare to improve outcomes and better serve consumers,” Hatch said. “Consolidating our outpatient services to a single location will move the agency in the right direction for future integration.”