Dr. Pirard is the Vice President, Medical Director for Beacon Health Options in Connecticut, which serves as the Behavioral Health Administrative Services Organization (ASO) for the Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership (CTBHP).
Dr. Pirard is board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine with clinical, research, public health, and managed care expertise. She completed her postgraduate training at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School. In addition to her medical degree, she obtained a PhD through the University of Liège, Belgium based on her research work completed at Harvard Medical School on the ASAM Criteria and a Master of Public Health (MPH) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Pirard has held clinical positions at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and the University of Maryland Health Center and has worked for the US Department of Human and Health Services (HHS) at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Dr. Pirard has been actively engaged in various initiatives to address the opioid crisis and is a member of the Connecticut Alcohol and Drug Policy Council (ADPC), American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Quality Improvement Council and ASAM Science Initiative Subcommittee.
Beth is a licensed professional counselor specializing in child and adolescent mental health. Her direct clinical experience ranges from outpatient therapy to intensive residential care, including several years working with children with autism spectrum disorder as well as youth with complex trauma. Beth joined Beacon Health Options in September 2007 and was promoted to director of the ACCESS Mental Health for Youth program in December 2013. For the past nine years, Beth has been a key leader in the success of this pediatric program beginning with program startup, launch, and now wrapping up the program’s eighth full operating year. As the program’s director, she supports Hub team operations and leads monthly Hub team and quarterly perinatal provider advisory group meetings. She ensures contract compliance by performing site visits and on-going monitoring of Hub productivity including utilization, follow up and adherence to program requirements – all of which help inform her as one of the principal writers of the program’s report deliverables. Beth’s passion for behavioral health and recovery is always paramount in her work. Beth can be contacted directly at email@example.com.