Mark Schaefer


Director (2009-2013)


Mark Schaefer, PhD, was director of the Division of Health Services for Connecticut’s Medicaid agency from 2009 to 2013. During his tenure, he led an array of health service delivery and purchasing reforms to improve the care experience, quality, and cost-effectiveness for all of the department’s Medicaid beneficiaries. Dr. Schaefer began his career in health policy at the Yale University Child Study Center where he developed the behavioral health services division of a Yale-owned HMO and later designed and implemented supplemental behavioral health insurance coverage for Connecticut’s CHIP program. On joining the Department of Social Services, Dr. Schaefer led the design and implementation of the Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership, a joint initiative with the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to develop an integrated behavioral health service system for the Medicaid, CHIP, and Charter Oak programs.

Leadership Project

Create a center or institute, in partnership with the University of Connecticut, that would support Medicaid by enhancing the data analytics sophistication of the Medicaid agency to do research and evaluation.