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Meet the Staff of the Behavioral Health Community Partners Program

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Manuel Clavijo, LMHC

Project Director

Manny is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over fifteen years of experience providing services related to mental health and social justice. Manny has extensive experience in counseling psychology, theology, divinity, and healthcare administration. He has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Anna Maria College, a Master’s degree in Theology from Boston College, and a Master’s degree in Divinity from St. Mary Seminary and University. His leadership roles include serving as Division Director of Behavioral Health at Family Continuity, Clinical Care Manager and Program Manager for BHPMW BHCP at Family Continuity, Director of Campus Ministry and Adjunct Professor of Theology and Social Ethics at Anna Maria College, and founder of Health Education and Advocacy for Latinos (HEAL), a humanitarian organization committed to addressing healthcare disparities and providing education and support to Latinos. Manny served as a Global Ambassador for Catholic Relief Services, advocating for strategies to end poverty in underdeveloped and developing countries around the world. Manny’s credentials and experience make him an excellent candidate for the position of Director of the BHPMW Behavioral Health Community Partner Program.

Jeff Ford

Manager of Population Health and Quality Management

Jeff Ford is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker earning a Master of Social Work, Bachelor of Music in music therapy, and a Bachelor of Arts in general business administration from Michigan State University.  He has over 20 years of experience in human services working with people who had traumatic brain injuries, complex medical needs, severe mental illness, and substance use disorders.  Jeff has worked in a variety of settings to include skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, residential programs, community-based outreach, psychiatric emergency services, and inpatient services for mental health and substance use.

Vanessa Murray

Eligibility Specialist

Vanessa Murray graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Atlantic Union College in 2009 and has more than 7 years experience working in human services. Prior to joining the Behavioral Health Partnership of MetroWest team in March 2019, Vanessa worked for several years at Advocates as a case manager on various justice-driven grants including the Drug Court, the Behavioral Health Treatment Court Collaborative, and Worcester Reentry Initiative.

Elliot Bertucci

Program Manager

Elliot earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychological Sciences and Master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on HealthCare Management from Fitchburg State University. Elliot also became certified in Project Management in 2020. Before joining the BHPMW, he has worked providing direct care services to those in a Skilled Nursing Facility, and triaged phone calls and coordinated inpatient psychiatric placement for those experiencing mental health crises.