Dr Harbin is a Psychiatrist with over 40 years of experience in the behavioral health field. He has held a number of senior positions in both public and private health care organizations. He worked for 10 years in the public mental health system in Maryland serving as Director of the state mental health authority for 3 of those years. Between 1994 and 2004 he was CEO or Chairman of two national behavioral healthcare companies – Greenspring Health Services and Magellan Health Services. At the time he was CEO of Magellan it was the largest managed behavioral healthcare company in the US managing the mental health and substance abuse benefits of approximately 70 million Americans including persons who were insured by private employers, Medicaid and Medicare with approximately $ 2 billion in annual revenues.
In 2002 and 2003 he served on the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. As a part of the Commission he was chair of the subcommittee for the Interface between Mental Health and General Medicine. In 2005 he served as co-chair of the National Business Group on Health’s work group that produced the Employer’s Guide to Behavioral Health Services in Dec 2005 – a policy guide for large corporations on how to improve the behavioral health of their employees.
Since 2004 Dr Harbin has provided health care consulting services to a number of private and public organizations. During this period he has been an adviser to organizations such as AARP, CNS Response (a web base Neuroinformatics company providing objective brain data to improve prescribing practices for Psychotropic drugs), Curiosityville (a web based early childhood educational company),Smart Brain Technology (a EEG biofeedback company), Parity Implementation Coalition (a group of 13 national behavioral organizations such as the American Psychiatric Assoc, NAMI and Mental Health America that advocate for implementation of the Federal Mental Health Parity Law), Maryland Mental Health Association (an advocacy group in Maryland) and starting in 2014 an adviser to the Kennedy Forum (an advocacy group founded by Patrick Kennedy to push for reforms in the US behavioral system). In addition he has been involved with a number of organizations to advance Brain Health and Wellness in the health care field as well as educational settings.