Spectrum CEO announces retirement

Robert Cartia

Robert Cartia

Spectrum Healthcare C.E.O. Robert Cartia has announced plans to retire at the end of the year.

Cartia has led the agency through many changes since taking the helm in 1999. Cartia began his career working with chemically dependent homeless individuals in San Diego, California, and now has more than 30 years of experience in direct service delivery and management positions in a wide variety of behavioral health care settings.

In his current position, Cartia has led his agency in advancing the use of technology to enhance quality care and efficiency of clinical service delivery.

In 2006, the Verde Valley Guidance Clinic - now Spectrum Healthcare - won the prestigious Qualcomm 3GA-List Award for non-profit organizations, in recognition of the agency's innovative use of wireless technology to support mobile clinical services.  Also in 2006, Cartia was able to secure grant funding to build an award-winning 12-bed gender-specific residential facility providing evidence-based practice to women with co-occurring serious mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

In 2011, Cartia led the agency's effort to become a licensed outpatient medical treatment facility in order to become an integrated care provider for behavioral health and primary care. In support of Cartia's nomination for the Leadership in Services Award, National Council for Behavioral Health CEO Linda Rosenberg wrote, "Robert has demonstrated leadership to other behavioral health organizations who are struggling to make the organizational and cultural changes needed to improve community behavioral health services as part of the National Council's Primary and Behavioral Health Care Learning Community."

Cartia led Spectrum into the new era of open access with a practice transformation implementing strategies, such as centralized scheduling and concurrent documentation, resulting in increased treatment capacity and improved access to care. In recognition of his expertise and innovation, Cartia was awarded Arizona State University's Innovative Services award in 2012.

The move toward integration culminated in 2014 with the opening of Spectrum's new integrated care center at 651 W. Mingus Avenue in Cottonwood. The new facility offers primary care providers, psychiatry, a pharmacy, wellness classrooms, and some lab space, all under one roof.

Spectrum Healthcare Board President Rose Boerner announced that the Board has named April Razo as Cartia's successor.

"Ms. Razo is highly qualified for this CEO succession process," stated Ms. Boerner stated. "The Board is extremely pleased with its decision. We see this as a great opportunity for Spectrum to continue moving forward as a leader in integrated healthcare in Arizona."

Razo has served as Spectrum's Children's Program Supervisor for the past year and a half, and will serve as Deputy Director during the transition period. She attended ASU and received a Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Development in 2009 and a Master of Advanced Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2012 with a strong focus on systemic theories and practices.  

Razo has worked as a Child and Family Therapist at Arizona's Children Association in their outpatient clinic, as a mobile therapist, and in their family preservation program that is contracted with CPS. She has 17 years of managerial experience in various fields including the service industry, childcare, and the medical field.

Razo began as a Child and Family Therapist at Spectrum Healthcare Group in early 2013. In September 2013, she was promoted to Children's Program Supervisor. Upon the announcement, Ms. Razo said, "I'm both honored and excited to move forward in this role as Deputy Director and I look forward to continuing to pursue opportunities for growth and innovation for Spectrum Healthcare Group."

Cartia said that he looks forward to working with April "during this year of transition"

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