Sandy Forquer, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, State Government Programs

“Creating consumer-friendly and responsive options for persons with serious mental illness has been a lifelong goal of mine. Designing community systems of care that embrace such options has also served as a major driver of all my efforts in whatever positions I have held. My job satisfaction derives from knowing that I have helped to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve.”

Sandy Forquer, serves as senior vice president for state government programs, OptumHealth Public Sector. In this position, Forquer is a liaison to national organizations in the public sector and collaborates on developing strategic partnerships with these groups. She also meets with Medicaid and state behavioral health directors to hear their near and mid-term needs, inform them of our capabilities and identify emerging opportunities.

Forquer joined OptumHealth in 2007. Since being at OptumHealth, she has served as chief executive officer for OptumHealth New Mexico and as vice president for public sector product development for OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions. Prior to joining OptumHealth, she served as vice president for business and market development for Comprehensive NeuroScience, Inc., a company with a public sector pharmacy intervention designed to align prescribing practices with best practices provided to Medicaid offices across the country. During her career, Forquer was also senior vice president for strategic development for ValueOptions, and executive director for Colorado Health Networks, the ValueOptions Colorado Medicaid Capitation Project. Forquer has also served as deputy commissioner for quality management and information systems for the New York State Office of Mental Health and as director of the division of behavioral health education in the department of psychiatry at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.

Forquer holds an academic appointment as clinical associate professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health and Sciences. She is also past president of the American College of Mental Health Administration (now the American College for Behavioral Health Leadership). Her 38 years of experience includes academia, government, behavioral managed care and public/private partnerships. Throughout her career she has strived to translate recovery and resiliency principles into all aspects of her work, conversations and outcomes.