Fred Osher, M.D.
Fred Osher, M.D. is the Director of the Center. Presently, he also is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Prior to serving as the Center's Director, he was the Director of Community Psychiatry at Maryland where he developed an internationally recognized comprehensive mental health community service system for citizens of south and southwest Baltimore. Dr. Osher has a long history of public sector service at local, State, and Federal levels. He is considered a national expert in the co-occurrence of mental and addictive disorders, and serves as a consultant to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration on co-occurring disorders in the criminal justice system. While at SAMHSA, Dr. Osher oversaw the conceptual development and successful implementation of the largest services integration demonstration program (Access to Community Care and Effective Supportive Services 1994 - 1999) in U.S. history. He also served on President Clinton's Health Care Reform Task Force. He has published extensively in the areas of homelessness, community psychiatry and dual diagnosis.