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Network Office


In the last dozen years there have been a number of significant changes to the delivery of behavioral health care services, beginning locally with the merger of mental health (MH) and alcohol and other drug (AOD) services and continuing with Medi-Cal consolidation, Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) expansion and the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). These changes have all contributed to a growth in the number of contracts; resulting in a total contract budget of over $225,000,000. This level of contracting reflects BHCS’ growth into a large and complex service delivery system.

In 2007, BHCS began a review of its contracting activities. The review was originally conceived to address the need for more timely and coordinated interactions with contracted providers. Planning revealed the need to restructure contracting functions in order to enhance efficiency and increase organizational accountability with a centralized Network Office responsible for contract management program and finance components. The implementation of the Network Office includes a blueprint for aligning contract management with other oversight functions such as, quality assurance, compliance, clinical support, data analysis and contract management under the direction of BHCS’s System of Care (SOC) Directors.


The goals of the Network Office are to:

  • Be program-driven: providing support to operational staff in their program design and oversight responsibilities;
  • Consolidate and unify contracting functions, integrating program and fiscal staff;
  • Be timely, efficient and responsive to the needs of consumers and providers;
  • Use data to monitor and evaluate performance;
  • Value transparent, responsive communication among staff;
  • Promote consumer choice of provider and services; and
  • Have the flexibility to meet immediate and long-term needs.


In full implementation, the Network Office will be responsible for the following procesess and products:
  • Procurement of services;
  • Contract development, negotiations and renewal
    • Board letters;
  • Fiscal Management:
    • Invoices
    • Tracking funds at reporting unit (RU) and purchase order (PO) level
    • Cost reports
    • Community based organization (CBO) budget modification and tracking;
  • Development of Level III contracts;
  • Certification;
  • Credentialing of Level III individual providers; and
  • Contract monitoring.

Network Office Team  

Fiona Branagh  
Wendi Vargas, Assistant Director Rickie Michelle Lopez, Supervising Fiscal Manager, Mental Health
Alexandra Arroyo, Program Contract Manager Fred Salimi, Senior Fiscal Contract Manager
Andrea Dodge, Program Contract Manager Daphne Tanner, Senior Fiscal Contract Manager
Sun Hyung Lee, Program Contract Manager Wilbur Kelly, Fiscal Contract Manager
Mary Ann Steedman, Program Contract Manager Paula Snyder, Fiscal Contract Manager
Nermina Terovic, Program Contract Manager Jian Wang, Fiscal Contract Manager
Zandra Washington, Program Contract Manager Karen Wong, Fiscal Contract Manager
Javarré Wilson, Program Contract Manager Steve Wong, Fiscal Contract Manager
Rahman Zamani, Program Contract Manager Fred Zhang, Fiscal Contract Manager
  Rachel Sellers, Administrative Assistant
Laurie Hall, Supervising Fiscal Manager, Substance Use Disorder Margaret Tolbert, Administrative Support Manager
Barbara Cummings, Fiscal Contract Manager Melinda Ransom, Secretary
Belinda Gunther, Fiscal Contract Manager Julie Gromowsky, Administrative Assistant
Malwinder Mand, Fiscal Contract Manager Nicole Mallari, Administrative Assistant
Jacqueline Sharpe, Fiscal Contract Manager Robin Eldridge, Administrative Assistant
Valdena Jenning, Accounting/Administrative Assistant  
Edilyn Dumapias, Provider Network Manager Lani Pallotta, Management Analyst
Belinda Davis, Administrative Specialist  
Michiko Ronne, Administrative Assistant  

Please click here to view the Network Office Organizational Chart.