Crista Taylor is the President and CEO of Behavioral Health System Baltimore. A licensed clinical social worker, Ms. Taylor is recognized as a leader in behavioral health in Maryland. She has experience working with policymakers, nonprofit organizations, and elected officials on innovative approaches to improving the behavioral health of Marylanders.
Crista Taylor has more than 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field where she has overseen the implementation of a range of programs that improved the quality of care delivered in the Public Behavioral Health System. Since 2005, Crista has developed innovative and cost effective behavioral health approaches to service delivery at the former Baltimore Mental Health Systems and now Behavioral Health System Baltimore. With partner organizations in the community, she led the development of a Forensic Assertive Community Treatment team, a mental health docket in the Circuit Court of Baltimore and served on the executive team that lead to the creation of Behavioral Health System Baltimore. Prior to joining BHSB, she was the Program Director for the Community Institute of Behavioral Services Mobile Treatment Program at Bon Secours Baltimore Health System where she participated in Maryland’s initiative for implementing Assertive Community Treatment and served as a psychiatric therapist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, providing treatment in three different outpatient settings and performing street outreach to people experiencing homelessness.
Crista received her bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington D.C. and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore where she taught as an adjunct professor.