Jay Couture, Executive Director/CEO of Seacoast Mental Health Center (Unabridged)
Today’s interview is with Jay Couture, the Executive Director and CEO of the Seacoast Mental Health Center, a non-profit community mental health center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Jay received master’s degree from the Department of Health Management and Policy here at UNH. Jay knew early on that she wanted to work in mental health, but thought she would be a provider. In this podcast we talk about Jay’s thirty years in the mental health industry working her way up from being a clerk to CEO, and her more than twenty years at Seacoast Mental Health. We also discuss the variety of services provided by a community mental health center, the wide variety of skill sets that are required to deliver those services, the challenges and opportunities facing mental health organizations today, and conclude with a discussion of opportunities for the early careerist who might be interested in pursuing a career in mental health. The full length podcast is approximately 78 minutes. An abridged version is also available that only focuses on Seacoast’s organization and services.