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Meet the Staff of the Behavioral Health Community Partners Program

Tuyet Tran, LICSW

Project Director

Tuyet Tran is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 20 years of experience working in community mental health settings. She holds a master’s degree in social work from Boston College and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Emmanuel College. She is especially passionate about advocating, in partnership with under served populations. She served for many years as chair and board member of the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts (SEACMA). Ms. Tran was instrumental in steering the SEACMA Coalition from its inception into a viable community organization. As a refugee from Vietnam, Ms. Tran spent several years, prior to and while attending college, working as an outreach worker in the Vietnamese community helping new immigrants connect to resources and finding employment. In her previous role as director of integrated care management, Ms. Tran was responsible for leading agency wide initiatives to integrate behavior health with medical care systems including hospital emergency departments.

Jeff Ford

Manager of Population Health and Quality Management

Jeff Ford is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker earning a Master of Social Work, Bachelor of Music in music therapy, and a Bachelor of Arts in general business administration from Michigan State University.  He has over 20 years of experience in human services working with people who had traumatic brain injuries, complex medical needs, severe mental illness, and substance use disorders.  Jeff has worked in a variety of settings to include skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, residential programs, community-based outreach, psychiatric emergency services, and inpatient services for mental health and substance use.

Vanessa Murray

Eligibility Specialist

Vanessa Murray graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Atlantic Union College in 2009 and has more than 7 years experience working in human services. Prior to joining the Behavioral Health Partnership of MetroWest team in March 2019, Vanessa worked for several years at Advocates as a case manager on various justice-driven grants including the Drug Court, the Behavioral Health Treatment Court Collaborative, and Worcester Reentry Initiative.

Daphne Thompson

Project Coordinator

Daphne earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fitchburg State University. Prior to joining the BHPMW team, Daphne triaged phone calls and coordinated inpatient psychiatric placement for those experiencing mental health crises. In Fall 2019, Daphne began working towards earning her master’s degree in healthcare management at Fitchburg State University.