Our mission is to support MassHealth Members with complex medical and behavioral health needs in breaking through barriers and connecting to a network of health care providers and social service organizations to support them in improving their overall health and wellbeing.
Founded by Bay Cove and Vinfen, CCP and LTSS Care Partners benefits from the dedication to collaborative leadership on behalf of its Founding Member Organizations.
Julie Battisti, CCP/LTSS Care Partners Executive Director
Julie holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University, and a post graduate certificate in Non-Profit Human Services Management from Suffolk University. Julie was also a candidate of the Emerging Leaders Program of UMass Boston.
For more than a decade, Julie dedicated herself to mental health services. As a Senior Director for Bay Cove Human Services, Julie provided leadership and consultation to directors on clinical, supervisory and operational issues while focusing on staff development and team building to enhance the effectiveness of the residential and clinical services provided to adults living with serious mental illness. Julie eventually stepped into the role of Assistant Director of Human Resources where she further enhanced agency-wide recruitment efforts while developing staff retention strategies. And as Director of New Initiatives, Julie drove projects in response to changes and trends within the healthcare industry while steering targeted efforts related to strategic business partnerships, inventive service models and innovative research.
Julie currently holds the role of Executive Director of CCP and LTSS Care Partners, a joint venture between Bay Cove and Vinfen. In her role as director of new initiatives, Julie was a key player in the evolving partnership between Bay Cove and Vinfen, in standing up the central management structure and in implementing the community partner program model across our six Affiliated Partners: Bay Cove, Vinfen, JRI, MVES, SCES and BSHC.
Bill Sprague, Bay Cove President and CEO
Bill’s career in human services started in direct care. After earning a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Bill joined Center House, where he rose to the position of Associate Executive Director. Bill left Center House to become President of South Shore Arc, a position he held until joining Bay Cove in 1993 as CFO. Bill was named the agency’s Executive Director in 2001, and, in 2011, was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer.
Bill currently sits on the Boards of the Association of Behavioral Healthcare, The Providers’ Council, and the Association of Developmental Disability Providers, of which he is a past Chair.
Bruce Bird, Vinfen President and CEO
Bruce received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Houston in 1975. He then spent four years at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, initially as a postdoctoral fellow in Pediatrics, then as staff and Assistant Professor in Neurology.
Over his professional history, Bruce has served in a variety of senior administrative roles for organizations. Prior to joining Vinfen in 2003, he served for eight years as the Chief Executive Officer of North Suffolk Mental Health Association, a large community behavioral healthcare center with strong affiliations with Massachusetts General Hospital. After seven years of service as Vinfen’s Chief Operating Officer, Bruce was promoted to the position of CEO in January 2009 and President in 2010. In this role, Bruce has been instrumental in developing new program models for selected populations, increasing clinical adoption of evidence-based practices, improving the organization’s quality management systems, and increasing involvement in public sector advocacy.
Bruce has served on statewide policymaking and provider organizations, including on the boards of the Association For Behavioral Healthcare of Massachusetts (currently as Chair), the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers (past Chair 2015-16), the Providers’ Council, and on several Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ policy and planning committees.