Executive Director - Kairos
Robert E. (Bob) Lieberman is the Chief Executive Officer of Kairos (formerly Southern Oregon Adolescent Study and Treatment Center -SOASTC), an intensive treatment services agency for children, youth, young adults, and their families with serious mental and behavioral disorders. Over the 35 years since its inception, he has helped that organization achieve statewide and national acclaim for its innovation, quality, accountability, and leadership in implementing best practices.
Mr. Lieberman has been integrally involved in advancing public policy for children’s mental health nationally, as well as helping forge the regulatory and policy environment for children’s mental health services in Oregon. He serves on several state and national advisory committees and task forces, including:
• National Building Bridges Initiative: Steering Committee and co-chair of Outcomes Workgroup, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA
• Public Policy Chair, American Association of Children’s Residential Treatment Centers (ACRC); former President of that national organization
• Advisory Committee, Think:Kids, Massachusetts General Hospital
• Oregon Children’s System Advisory Committee, Addictions and Mental Health Division, Department of Human Services (co-chair from 10/2005 through 12/2012)
• Statewide Wraparound Initiative Advisory Committee, Department of Human Services (co-chair through 12/2012)
• Non-Profit Association of Oregon Board of Directors
In the past Mr. Lieberman has served on: the Metrics Workgroup of the Oregon Health Plan Transformation and the Oregon Commission for Children and Families (gubernatorial appointments); the Outcomes Roundtable for Children and Families, Co-Chair- Evidence Based Practices Subcommittee, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA; the Professional and Technical Advisory Committee of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations; the Oregon Child and Adolescent Mental Health Advisory Committee; the Governor’s Mental Health Alignment Workgroup; and the Child Welfare League of America Advisory Committee on Best Practices in Behavior Management (Restraint and Seclusion initiative).
Mr. Lieberman has received many honors, including: Children’s Mental Health Advocate of the Year (Oregon Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry); the Heart of Change award (YouthMOVE Oregon); the ACRC Life Fellow award; Oregon Mental Health Award of Excellence, The Asante Spears Healthcare Award, and the Josephine County Asset Builder Award. He has published national papers and journal articles, and makes presentations at statewide and national conferences. Mr. Lieberman conducts training, consultation, and workshops with treatment centers, schools, college seminars, governmental entities, juvenile justice facilities, and parent groups. He is a TIER II trainer in Collaborative Problem Solving. Mr. Lieberman also operates his own practice as a professional counselor for youth and their families.