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Schafer Consulting is a Behavioral Health Consultant and Management Firm

Schafer Consulting Inc. is a Behavioral Health management and consultant firm. Our Senior Partners and executive consultants collaboratively assist mental health and substance abuse treatment programs throughout the United States. Established in 1993, we have successfully improved hundreds of health care organizations providing psychiatric care by tailoring how and what we do for each Client.

Schafer Consulting is a Behavioral Health Consultant and Management Firm

Schafer Consulting Inc. is a Behavioral Health management and consultant firm. Our Senior Partners and executive consultants collaboratively assist mental health and substance abuse treatment programs throughout the United States. Established in 1993, we have successfully improved hundreds of health care organizations providing psychiatric care by tailoring how and what we do for each Client.

About Our Senior Partners

The partners at Schafer Consulting Inc. owned, managed and operated psychiatric hospitals and Behavioral Healthcare systems prior to starting their company in 1993. They each have over 20 years’ experience as Presidents and Chief Executive Officers for Behavioral Health hospital systems providing mental health and addiction treatment at all levels of care.

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Steve Schafer, M.Div.

Mr. Schafer has over 35 years’ experience in the behavioral health and human services as fields as a psychotherapist, program director, administrator, hospital system vice president, and, since 1993, as founder and president of Schafer Consulting Inc.

He has led many projects for state and local government behavioral health and human service departments as well as for hospital systems, community mental health centers, psychiatric product lines of regional medical centers, children and youth organizations, provider networks, private practices, multi-state human service systems, group practices, Indian Tribes, foundations, and associations. He has provided program due diligence for mergers and acquisitions in the field.

Mr. Schafer has published articles related to child welfare, behavioral health, managed care, and social service planning.

He is often engaged to provide program and operations assessments, system transformation, compliance engineering, strategic and business planning, market research and payer relations, turnaround management, and productivity improvement for all levels and types of behavioral health services.

Prior to founding Schafer Consulting Inc. in 1993, Mr. Schafer was a Vice President for United Psychiatric Group. UPG operated eight psychiatric hospitals and residential treatment programs. He focused on national business development and government contracting, was on the lead start up team for three new hospitals, and established a Canadian private practice subsidiary. While at UPG he helped increase revenues from $35 to over $100 million annually.

He graduated with from Earlham College in 1969 with honors. He received his M. Div. in 1972 with a dual major in Religion and Psychology from Andover Newton Theological Seminary at Yale Divinity School. While there he completed collaborative studies through the Boston Theological Union which included Harvard Divinity School, Boston College, Boston University. His post graduate studies included a year and a half of training in Analytical Psychology at the Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland.

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Neil Shapiro, M.B.A.

Mr. Shapiro received his MBA in hospital and health administration, and BA with honors from the University of Iowa.

Mr. Shapiro has extensive financial, management, and development experience and is often involved at a senior executive level to improve profitability, negotiate agreements, develop strategies, and lead organizational transformation.

Mr. Shapiro founded Managed Health Consultants in Bethesda, Maryland in 1992 to apply sound business principles and technical tools to social service agencies, behavioral health organizations, hospitals, and government agencies. In an era of increasing costs and decreasing reimbursement, there was a need to provide non-profits with crucial tools to decrease organization costs and overhead and to employ quantitative analysis to make informed decisions. Mr. Shapiro and Managed Health Services have provided hospitals, nonprofit agencies, and governmental organizations with critical consulting regarding their growth and development.

Prior to founding Managed Health Services and later joining Schafer Consulting Inc., Mr. Shapiro was Chief Operating Officer of Tenet’s Healthcare’s Special Services Division of 55 Psychiatric Hospitals. After this Mr. Shapiro was President and owner of United Psychiatric Systems, a group of 8 psychiatric and residential treatment facilities in the Midwest. Mr. Shapiro has owned and managed numerous outpatient and inpatient facilities throughout the U.S.

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Since 1993, Schafer Consulting has specialized in improving behavioral health care for hospitals, academic medical centers, residential treatment facilities, and outpatient clinics throughout the United States. We look forward to speaking with you in confidence about your specific needs.

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