Howard K. Hitzel, Ph.D.

Howard K. Hitzel, Ph.D.

Howard K. Hitzel

President, BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc.
Term: 2016-2020

About Howard K. Hitzel:

Dr. Howard Hitzel is a licensed psychologist and President/CEO of BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc. in Buffalo, New York. BestSelf Behavioral Health is a nonprofit organization which provides comprehensive, family oriented treatment and rehabilitation services to children and adults with mental illnesses and/or substance abuse disorders. 

BestSelf Behavioral Health is the product of a June 1, 2017 merger between the former Child and Adolescent Treatment Services and Lake Shore Behavioral Health. The organization employs more than 700 staff and has an operating budget of approximately $45 million. BestSelf Behavioral Health is the largest community-based behavioral health organization serving children and adults of all ages in Western New York and served more than 22,000 individuals in 2017.  

Dr. Hitzel earned his Doctor of Psychology degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania.  In addition to his clinical training, Dr. Hitzel holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.  

Dr. Hitzel has worked as a clinician and manager in public mental health settings for more than 35 years, having worked in diverse settings including the Gowanda Psychiatric Center in Gowanda, NY; the University of Rochester Medical Center; and Attica Correctional Facility.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.  He is currently the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the New York Care Coordination Program.  He serves on the Boards of the Mental Health Association of Erie County and Housing Opportunities Made Equal.  He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Medaille College in Buffalo.  Dr. Hitzel resides in Hamburg, New York where he also maintains a small private psychotherapy practice. 

 

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