Central Administration Team: Beacon Health Options & DMHAS

Elizabeth Garrigan, LPCProgram Director, Beacon Central Administration Team 

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 elizabeth.garrigan@beaconhealthoptions.com 

Sandrine Pirard, MD, PhD, MPH Medical Director, Beacon Central Administration Team 

Sandrine Pirard, MD, PhD, MPH
Vice President, Medical Director

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.   

Shelly Nolan, MS, LPC – Contract Manager, DMHAS

Shelly acts as the Director of Women’s Services for the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS.) She oversees the women’s specific continuum of care throughout the state including services targeted for pregnant and parenting individuals. She partners with other state agencies, the healthcare system and community partners to work though barriers specific to this unique demographic while implementing new initiatives and collaborative efforts to overcome challenges and mitigate the impact of stigma and healthcare inequity. She supports the direct on site evaluation process to ensure contract compliance, strength of clinical service delivery and implementation of evidence based practices, including trauma informed and gender responsive care,  with a focus on risk reduction strategies. She oversees the execution of several SAMHSA grant projects targeted at addressing the specific needs of women and families, LGBTQIA+ individuals, persons with Hoarding Disorder, reproductive health education and integration of peer support and recovery based services. Prior to coming to DMHAS, Shelly has held a variety of direct service and leadership roles within the behavioral health system. She holds a M.S. degree in Counseling and is a CT Licensed Professional Counselor.

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