Dr. Jay Reeve, Apalachee Center

Jay Reeve, Ph.D., is President and Chief Executive Officer of Apalachee Center in Tallahassee, Florida. Founded in 1948 as the Human Relations Institute of Leon County, Apalachee Center has since expanded to cover over 5,500 square miles. Apalachee is a not-for-profit behavioral health center with a full continuum of care operating eight outpatient clinics, three acute behavioral healthcare inpatient units, three primary care clinics, six residential programs, a 24/7 Mobile Response Team, and many others, creating a full array of services for both children and adults across the eight counties of Florida’s Big Bend region. Additionally, Apalachee manages the Behavioral Health Center at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare and has multiple partnerships throughout the community, including FSU Behavioral Health at Apalachee Center and Apalachee Center at Bethel.

Apalachee employs over 600 staff, sees about 8,000 clients annually, and has an annual budget of about 32 million dollars. Dr. Reeve also chairs the Mental Health Council of the Big Bend, which was formed in 2015, and was initially founded to provide a forum for mental health providers, scholars and advocates to address mental health needs in our community. The group examined data from four specifically commissioned surveys and with expert consensus from the breadth of experience of group members, developed conclusions, goals, and action plans for the region moving forward. The Mental Health Council of the Big Bend is the only entity in Leon County comprised of mental health subject matter experts and related stakeholders explicitly dedicated to employing a data-driven approach to assessing mental health services in Florida’s Big Bend region.

Dr. Reeve received undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees from Tufts, Harvard, and Adelphi Universities. He has been licensed as a clinical psychologist in Delaware, Florida, New York and Rhode Island. Dr. Reeve has held a variety of academic appointments, including teaching faculty positions at Brown University Medical School Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior; the University of Albany; Albany Medical College; Widener University; Immaculata College; the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology; the University of Hartford, and currently holds a courtesy appointment at the at Florida State University Medical College.

In 2014, Dr. Reeve was made a Fellow of the Florida Council for Community Mental Health, “in recognition of his unique and significant contributions to the Council.” In 2010, Dr. Reeve was awarded the Visionary Leadership Award by the National Council for Community Behavioral Health. He was the first Florida mental health provider to win the Big Bend Mental Health Coalition’s Walk The Walk award in 2008. In 2005, he received the Brown Medical School’s Outstanding Teaching Award in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.