JOHN KASTAN is the Interim CEO of The Jewish Board. Previously, as Chief Program Officer, he oversaw all four divisions of the agency – community services, children’s residential, adult and family residential, and services for the intellectually and developmentally disabled — John took a leadership role in the transition and integration of the FEGS program portfolio, clients, and staff when FEGS was absorbed into The Jewish Board.
During his tenure, he has been instrumental in the rollout of The Jewish Board’s electronic health record, enhanced cross-agency collaboration in service delivery, launched innovative programs such as the widely admired 100 Schools Project that delivered mental health support to schools, and oversaw the opening of several new programs and homes for the intellectually and developmentally disabled.
Previously, John was Sr. Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at PSCH, Vice President for Behavioral Health at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Associate Hospital Director at Mt. Sinai, and Assistant Commissioner for Planning at the NYC Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Alcoholism Services.
John is a former Board member of The National Council for Behavioral Health, Immediate Past President of the Board of The NYS Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, a member of The NYS Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council, appointed by the Governor, and a member of the NYC Crisis Response and Prevention Task Force.
He has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center and has taught at New York Medical College, Columbia University, and New York University. He has published and given presentations on program development, strategic planning, and other topics in behavioral health.