Education & Experience
Mr. Rubin graduated from Brandeis University with Honors in Psychology and received his Master’s degree in Psychology (Clinical) from the University of Nebraska. He completed an APA-approved internship in Child Clinical Psychology at the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute. He also obtained additional graduate training in Industrial Psychology at Case Western Reserve University. Mr. Rubin then worked for the Ohio Department of Mental Health for nearly 10 years. There, he spent his first 2 two years planning youth mental health services for a rural 9-county district in East Central Ohio. However, most of his time was spent as Research Administrator/Manager in the Office of Program Evaluation and Research. He reviewed and supervised extra-mural research projects, helped develop state standards for program evaluation of agencies and regional behavioral health authorities, and developed methods for estimating the numbers and distribution of populations of adults with severe and persistent mental health issues. He left state service to work for the Tourette Syndrome Association of Ohio. In 1986, Mr. Rubin began his own consulting practice and in 1987, he founded Synthesis, Inc.
Since founding Synthesis, Mr. Rubin and his colleagues have been engaged in 2 different but related types of research/evaluation efforts: 1) Conducting multi-site services research to study the impact of public policies and/or to understand the types of services that work best for different groups of people; 2) Providing consultation and technical assistance to provider agencies and regional authorities to plan and evaluate services.
Beginning in 1987, Mr. Rubin served as Principal (or Co-Principal) Investigator in research/evaluation studies on the following topics:
- Implementation Of An Informed Consent Policy For The Use Of Psychotropic Medications In Ohio’s State Psychiatric Hospitals
- Impact Of A New Law On Community (Outpatient) Commitment In Different Service Areas And For Different Clusters Of Adults
- The Experiences Of Consumers Taken To Psychiatric Facilities For Emergency Admission And Possible Commitment
- Identifying And Testing Recommended Service Packages For Clusters Of Adults With Severe And Persistent Mental Health Issues
- Identifying Clusters of Youth with Behavioral Health Issues (SED)
- Assessing Patterns Of Family Strengths And Their Relationship To Youth Clusters And Treatment Outcomes
- Developing Risk Adjustment Models for Predicting Outcomes for Consumers with Severe and Persistent Mental Health Issues
- Developing Alternative Cluster-Based Risk Adjustment Models For Predicting Outcomes for Consumers With Severe And Persistent Mental Health Issues
- Using A Statewide Expert Taskforce and Data on Over 22,000 Consumers To Create Service Benefit Packages For Each Of The 8 Clusters Of Adults With Severe And Persistent Mental Health Issues
During the same time, Mr. Rubin and his colleagues were working at the community level with mental health or substance abuse treatment agencies and/or regional behavioral health boards to develop methods to plan and evaluate their services. It was through these contract activities that clusters were identified and described for adults with severe and persistent mental health issues, youth with behavioral health problems, women with substance use disorders, and men with substance use disorders. These approaches were then replicated or built upon in some of the above listed research studies. This served to validate and expand the knowledge about these sub-groups. The combined efforts over more than 25 years produced generalizable clusters, targeted service goals/outcomes, and service recommendations/systems of care for many of the clusters.
IN ALL THESE EFFORTS, PROVIDERS, CONSUMERS, FAMILY MEMBERS, AND OTHER KNOWLEDGEABLE COMMUNITY EXPERTS WORKED TOGETHER TO IDENTIFY AND DESCRIBE MEMBERS OF EACH CLUSTER, AND TO DEFINE APPROPRIATE RECOVERY GOALS AND NEEDED SERVICES.
In 2001, the Ohio Department of Mental Health identified Cluster-based Planning for Adults with SPMI as an emerging best practice. At that time Synthesis joined forces with the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Services Providers to operate the Cluster-based Planning Coordinating Center of Excellence. This Community of Practice operated from 2001 to 2010 and provided training to hundreds of case management staff across the state who served thousands of adult consumers.
Under Mr. Rubin’s leadership, Synthesis, Inc. has developed one of the most sophisticated and useful approaches to planning, staff training, budgeting, program evaluation and services research available today. As an adult professional, who lived with an undiagnosed case of Tourette Syndrome until the age of 35, he knows what it is like to feel alone with his symptoms and to be served by those who really did not understand what his life story might be like. As a professional researcher, trainer, consultant, and planner, he has seen the power of giving others a more holistic and historical picture of the different groups of clients being served. His goal is to make this knowledge available so it can be used to enhance the quality of life and recovery of as many people as possible.