With over 20 years of experience in behavioral healthcare management Antonio (Tony) Valdés is one of the most visible leaders in children’s behavioral health services in the greater Philadelphia community.
Tony began his career in behavioral healthcare in 1987 as a Social Worker for Connections CSP, a behavioral healthcare provider, which at that time specialized in delivering community-based services in Delaware. In 1994, after completing his MBA in Health & Medical Services Administration, Tony assumed the position of Director of Operations for Connections CSP. In this role, Tony applied his practical experiences as a service provider to successfully manage over 100 employees and five (5) different programs.
In 1995, following his 9 year tenure at Connections, Tony served as the Executive Director of the Child Psychiatry Center (CPC) in Philadelphia. Under Tonys’ guidance CPC successfully expanded program services, diversified its staff, and was the catalyst for the organization’s greater involvement in the community of North Philadelphia. While expanding CPC’s community presence Tony began to establish himself as a sought out speaker and advocate for the needs of Philadelphia’s behavioral health services provider community, thus setting the ground for his community involvement in years to come.
In 1997 Tony assumed his current position as the Executive Director of Children’s Crisis Treatment Center (CCTC) – a non-profit agency specializing in providing behavioral health services to Philadelphia’s children and their families. Since assuming this position, Tony has successfully expanded CCTC seven-fold — with an over-all staff increase from 45 employees to over 400, an increase in its annual budget from $1.8 million to $20 million, and a service expansion of 4 programs to 16. When Tony first joined CCTC, the Center served approximately 250 children and families per-year; to day CCTC annually serves over 2400 children and families across the greater Philadelphia community.
In 2009, 2010, and 2013 Tony was named one of Impacto Latin Newspaper’s “Most Influential Latinos” for his influential work at CCTC and in the greater mental health community.
Throughout his career, Tony Valdés has raised the bar in providing innovative and much needed services to the City, while remaining sensitive to the needs of the diversity and cultural richness of the community at large.