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 Suzanne Clifford Suzanne Finneran Clifford

Suzanne Finneran Clifford is President of Inspiring Transformations, Inc, a consulting practice focused on healthcare reform and redesign.  Her specialty is creating diverse public/private coalitions that result in mental health system transformation and promote recovery.  She is driven by her experience as a family member and serves on the NAMI Indiana Advisory Board.  Prior to consulting, two governors appointed Suzanne as the Director of Mental Health and Addiction for Indiana where she lead six state hospitals and directed community mental health and addiction services in 92 counties. 

As Director of Mental Health and Addiction, Suzanne balanced a $367 million budget in a challenging fiscal environment and successfully led a team of 2,680 state employees and over 7,000 contractors.  While serving on the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and as Co-chair of the NRI National Quality and Accountability Committee, she was active in national mental health transformation policy.  In 2005, Suzanne was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash which was the highest honor bestowed by an Indiana governor. 

Before accepting a governor’s appointment, Suzanne was employed at several Fortune 500 companies including over ten years at Eli Lilly and Company.  At Lilly, she focused on improving the drug development process, enhancing the company’s therapeutic area strategies, and serving in management positions within the U.S. and global neuroscience businesses.  Her neuroscience therapeutic expertise includes schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, multiple sclerosis, dementia, ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome/autism, addiction & depression.

Suzanne’s has served on many neuroscience boards and commissions including:

  • NAMI Indiana, Advisory Board
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Advocacy Liaison for Indiana
  • Mental Health Association in Indiana, Board of Directors
  • National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, Board of Directors
  • The NRI National Quality and Accountability Committee, Co-Chair
  • Governor’s Interagency on Drugs, Chairman
  • Governor’s Commission for a Drug Free Indiana, Board of Directors
  • Governor’s Commission for Abused and Neglected Children, Resources Task Force
  • Lt. Governor’s Peak Performance Project, Team Leader for the Children and Families Project
  • Medicaid Mental Health Pharmacy Partnership
  • Legislative Forensic Diversion Study Committee
  • Indiana Health Department’s Early Childhood Team
  • Medicaid Managed Care Task Force

Suzanne is a passionate public speaker and has presented at the:

  • National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) Outreach Partnership conference
  • National Women in Government conference
  • National Systems of Care conference
  • Indiana University
  • NAMI Indiana’s annual conference
  • Indiana Minority Health Coalition conference
  • Indiana Legislature’s Mental Health Commission and MR/DD Commission
  • Indiana State Bar Association conference
  • Mental Health Association in Indiana’s annual conferences
  • Indiana Juvenile Judges conference
  • U.S. Department of Labor’s Mental Health Task Force
  • Many Voices, One Vision conference
  • National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors conferences