Tuerk Schlesinger, MBA, joined AltaPointe Health Systems as its chief executive officer in 1998 when the organization was still known as Mobile Mental Health. AltaPointe was established in 1957, now employs 1,300 and has an annual budget of $77 million. As the top management and operations officer Schlesinger oversees AltaPointe’s comprehensive, three-county behavioral health system. AltaPointe provides a continuum of mental health, developmental disability and substance abuse services for child, adolescent, adult and senior adults in Mobile, Baldwin and Washington counties. Operations include two psychiatric hospitals, 11 outpatient locations, 27 adult residential group homes, 12 adult foster homes, two adolescent transitional age homes. The continuum also includes crisis stabilization and psychiatric consultation in acute hospital settings, psychiatric services to independent nursing homes and assisted living facilities as well as AltaPointe’s partnership with the University of South Alabama, College of Medicine to provide administration and faculty for its department of psychiatry.
Schlesinger earned a bachelor of business administration degree from Auburn University and a master of business administration degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile. In 2008, Schlesinger was named a Behavioral Health Champion by the nationally circulated Behavioral Healthcare Magazine. He was appointed to Alabama Region E’s Regional Care Organization (RCO) Board, a community-led, regional organization that coordinates the health care of Medicaid patients. Schlesinger is a member of the Alabama Council of Community Mental Health Boards-Executive Committee, the Alabama State Health Coordinating Committee, the National Council, the Mental Health Corporation of America / International Planning Committee, the Alabama Healthcare Reimbursement Reform Task Force as well as its Steering Committee, the Alabama State Health Coordinating Committee (SHCC) and serves on various committees and subcommittees of the Alabama Department of Mental Health.