Walt Hill has been the Executive Director of High Plains Mental Health Center since 2003, having devoted most of his career to serving the people of Northwest Kansas. He began his career at the Center as a Clinical Psychology Intern in 1978 and has served in many diverse roles since that time.
Originally from Baldwin City, Kansas, Walt earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Western State of Colorado and his Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Fort Hays State University in 1980. He has served in a number of clinical and administrative roles at High Plains over the years, including working as an Inpatient Therapist, Emergency Therapist, Branch Office Manager, Emergency Services Manager, and as Director of Clinical Services. In 2003 he was appointed as the Executive Director and has served in that capacity since.
Well-versed in the challenges facing rural healthcare organizations, Walt is a strong proponent for the use of advanced technology to make services more readily available to the residents of many rural communities. He was instrumental in the implementation of a regional tele-psychiatry program in the mid-1990s that links all of the 20 counties in High Plains’ catchment area via tele-video conferencing units, significantly reducing travel costs and improving access to services for our more distant residents.
Walt has also previously served as a member of the Governor’s Mental Health Planning Council and as an officer and president of the Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas, as part of the implementation team that successfully bid and implemented the first Medicaid Mental Health Managed Care plan in Kansas, and as a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Council of Community Behavioral Health.