Rodney Moore is the Executive Director at Highland Rivers Behavioral Health – Cobb (formally Cobb County Community Services Board). Rodney accepted his role in Cobb County in March of 2021 after more than 30 years as a clinician, administrator and innovator in Florida’s behavioral health system.
With more than a decade of service with one of the largest community mental health centers in Florida, Rodney developed his client-centered, service-oriented approach to the provision of behavioral health services. Rodney found success in meeting individuals “where they are” on the journey to recovery by working to advance new approaches and service lines to assist those with behavioral health concerns as well as those involved in the child welfare system. An additional decade in managed care assisted Rodney in developing improved leadership, project management and innovative approaches to ensuring the provision of quality service.
Rodney spent more than five years in government service with the State of Florida’s Department of Children and Families where he served as a Children’s Specialist and the first Chief Innovation Officer for the Department of Children and Families. From 2019-2021, he served as the Commissioner for Substance Abuse and Mental Health for the State of Florida.
While leading Florida’s behavioral health system through the most significant days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rodney worked with legislators to obtain additional service dollars, passed legislation to improve the provision of behavioral health services, reduced the number of state hospital beds with a stronger focus on community-first interventions and implemented a statewide forensic diversion team.
A people person by nature, Rodney’s greatest joy is working with individuals who face challenges. Whether the hundreds of individuals and families he has served directly as a licensed clinician or by building strong teams to ensure the best possible outcomes, he finds empowering others and providing hope the most rewarding aspect of his career.