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Judge Baker Names Christopher Bellonci, M.D., as VP of Policy & Practice and Chief Medical Officer

Christopher Bellonci, MD

BOSTON, MA (October 11, 2017) – Judge Baker Children’s Center (Judge Baker), a national leader in children’s mental health, today named Christopher Bellonci, M.D., formerly of Tufts Medical Center, to the newly created role of Vice President of Policy & Practice and Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Bellonci will assume overall strategic and operational responsibility for clinical practice areas and policy activities. He will work closely with President and CEO, Dr. Robert P. Franks, to identify and develop new areas of work and external collaborations. His responsibilities will focus on: program leadership and management, financial strategy, growth, external relationships, and dissemination of knowledge. In addition, Dr. Bellonci will serve as the Chief Medical Officer for the Manville School and all direct service programs. He will also work closely with Judge Baker faculty to further strengthen and develop training programs.

“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Bellonci to the senior leadership team of Judge Baker,” said Franks. “Dr. Bellonci brings a wealth of experience working at the national, state and local levels to improve the quality of mental healthcare for children and their families. I look forward to working closely with him to broaden and expand the impact of the Judge Baker Children’s Center.”

A Board-certified Child/Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, Dr. Bellonci is also a member of The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s (AACAP) Workgroup on Quality Issues, which is responsible for writing the practice parameters that define the standards of care for the field of child psychiatry. He also serves as the Medical Director of the TA Network in support of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's (SAMHSA) Systems of Care Initiative.

Dr. Bellonci is a founding member of SAMHSA's Building Bridges Initiative and LGBTQI2-S National Workgroup. He was also a member of the Outcomes Roundtable for Children and Families. In 2008 he provided testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor regarding unlicensed and unregulated boot camps and wilderness programs as well as to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support regarding the increasing use of psychotropic medications for children in the Child Welfare System.

Dr. Bellonci provides consultation, lectures and technical assistance nationally on the subjects of child psychiatric practice, foster care, special education, residential treatment, sexual minority youth and mental health best practices.

“I am very excited to join Judge Baker during their centennial year in support of their ongoing efforts to ensure that all children have access to quality, evidence-based treatment for their behavioral health needs, and that all families are supported,” said Dr. Bellonci.

An affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Judge Baker Children’s Center is a nationally recognized children’s mental health organization dedicated to improving the quality of mental health care for children and families.  Named in honor of Harvey Humphrey Baker, the first judge appointed to the Boston Juvenile Court, Judge Baker opened its doors in 1917 and has been serving the children and families of greater Boston for 100 years.  The multi-faceted organization provides the very best in evidence-based practices for children and families struggling with a range of behavioral, emotional, educational, and mental health issues. Judge Baker is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families by bridging the gap between science and practice to improve access to the highest quality care in community-based settings.