Minnesota health department names Fairview Health executive as head of mental health systems

September 14, 2015

The Minnesota Department of Human Services named Daniel Anderson, a veteran health administrator and executive at Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services, as the new CEO of health systems at the department, overseeing mental health and substance abuse treatment programs across the state. Anderson will oversee 20 mental health and chemical dependency treatment programs that serve 3,350 people annually and receive more than $220 million a year in funding. One challenge facing Anderson is bringing violence under control at the state's two largest psychiatric hospitals, which have seen a sharp rise in assaults since the passing of a 2013 law requiring them to admit more county jail inmates suffering from mental disorders.