John P. Lindstrom, Ph.D., LCP

John Lindstrom

Dr. Lindstrom currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority, a public agency operating under an independent Board of Directors which serves over 11,000 individuals with behavioral health and developmental needs each year.  The agency has an annual operating budget of nearly 37 million dollars and manages an additional 12 million dollars as the fiscal agent and operating entity for Health Planning Region IV community services boards.  Prior to assuming the CEO position, Dr. Lindstrom worked for 17 years as RBHA’s Director of Administration and Director of Access, Emergency and Medical Services.  He was instrumental in the development of a variety of emergency behavioral health services, along with the design and implementation of regional programs.  These have included residential crisis stabilization services, funding and management of local inpatient hospitalization for the medically indigent, community integration for individuals with histories of long term institutionalization, regional jail-based services, and regional management structures around community discharge assistance.  Dr. Lindstrom was recently appointed to the Richmond Community Criminal Justice Board.  He has collaborated with local justice-related agencies in the development of a number of reforms pertaining to the treatment of individuals with mental health problems.

Before joining RBHA in 1997, Dr. Lindstrom worked in several service and leadership positions with the public schools.  He provided school psychology services for 9 years in rural Iowa where he was employed by the Southern Prairie Area Education Agency.  He then joined the Richmond City Public Schools as a psychologist and was soon promoted to administrative positions including Coordinator of Pupil Personnel Services and Director of Special Education & Pupil Services.  During his tenure with the Richmond Public Schools, Dr. Lindstrom served on the city’s Community Policy and Management Team which he chaired for two years.  He wrote and was awarded grants for the development and operation of alternative education and homeless education programs.

Dr. Lindstrom received his Bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport College in psychology.  He went on to complete Master’s and Advanced Graduate training in School Psychology at James Madison University.  He completed his Doctorate at The University of Iowa with concentrations in school psychology, pediatric psychology, and general special education.  Dr. Lindstrom is a licensed clinical psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist.  He has been Chair of the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards Mental Health Council and President of state psychology associations in both Iowa and Virginia.