Dr. Matthew Hurford is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, the nation’s largest not-for-profit behavioral health managed care organization and the Vice President of Behavioral Health at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Insurance Services Division. As part of UPMC, Community Care provides behavioral health coverage for over one million Medicaid beneficiaries in 41 Pennsylvania counties. In addition to leading the dynamic team at Community Care, Dr. Hurford has executive responsibility for behavioral health strategy across the UPMC Insurance Services Division and its 4+ million members. Dr. Hurford has worked in public-sector psychiatry for nearly 20 years holding various leadership positions in academic, government and managed care systems.
Prior to joining Community Care, Dr. Hurford served as the Chief Medical Officer of the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS) and Community Behavioral Health (CBH), a not-for-profit behavioral health managed care organization that managed approximately $850 million in Medicaid funding. He served as an Assistant Professor and is now a Clinical Associate faculty member at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research. He is a board-certified psychiatrist who has provided care to people with serious mental illness and substance-use disorders in diverse settings including the Indian Health Service on the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Arizona and community mental health centers in Philadelphia. Dr. Hurford received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Swarthmore College, and his Medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. He completed his residency and chief residency in psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.