For over 40 years, Leon has worked with community partners in public health and safety to provide innovative approaches to hope and healing. Evans’s internationally recognized programs promote a highly effective, cooperative spirit throughout health, law enforcement, judicial, and nonprofit organizations. Leon founded The Center for Health Care Services (CHCS) in San Antonio, Texas, serving as CEO for the renowned organization that improved thousands of people’s lives, helping them avoid jail and long-term hospital stays while improving outcomes and driving down the cost of health care, saving $95M in public funding.Leon has held numerous leadership roles at local, state, and national levels, including Chairperson of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Disability Directors. CNN recognized Leon as one of our nation’s Mental Wellness Warriors, receiving such honors as the American Psychiatric Association Gold Award and the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare Directors Service ExcellenceAward, among others.Since retiring as CHCS’s CEO, Leon testifies and consults on crisis response, jail diversion, and homelessness. Currently, he serves as a member of the National Quality Partners “National Opioid Taskforce,” among other organizations.
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