Marshall named new head at Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo

14 Jun

The search for a new chief at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo is over.

Jill Marshall, a former director of the New Mexico intermediate center for the disabled, will be the new chief executive at CMHIP, beginning March 26, state officials announced Tuesday.

Marshall will take over the hospital’s top office from Teresa Bernal, who has been the interim chief since Dec. 1.

The 449-bed state hospital in Pueblo has been without a permanent superintendent since Ron Hale resigned last June after the hospital failed a staffing inspection by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The Colorado Department of Human Services announced Marshall’s hiring Tuesday, along with the appointment of Ronda Katzenmeyer to serve as the new chief nursing officer.

Dr. Robert Werthwein, director of the Office of Behavioral Health, said: “Jill comes to us with more than a decade of experience in behavioral health, public administration and human services.”

Marshall has been the executive director of the New Mexico Intermediate Care Facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities, as well as the Behavioral Services Center. She’s also been chief officer of the New Mexico Department of Health.

Before moving to New Mexico in 2011, Marshall worked in the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.

It has been a struggle for the state to fill the top job at CMHIP. State officials went through two rounds of applications last year without success before hiring a consultant to assist in recruiting a new superintendent.

As for Katzenmeyer, she has worked at CMHIP since July 2014. Prior to that, she was a program and health services administrator at the Colorado Department of Corrections.

She replaces Cara Dasher, who will become the clinical education director at the hospital.

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