Veteran of mental health care services named CEO of Valley Oaks Health

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A new CEO and president has been named for Valley Oaks Health, the Lafayette mental health and addiction comprehensive care center that serves nine Hoosier counties.

This designated community mental health center provides mental health care regardless of insured status or age, as it has multiple child-focused therapies.

Earlier this year, Dan Arens, the chief operating officer for a similar organization, Adult & Child Health in Indianapolis, was named to be the next president and CEO of Valley Oaks Health. Arens has over 25 years experience in the mental health care field, and looks forward to assuming his roles as president and CEO for Valley Oaks Health on Sept. 1.

“This has been kind of a life-long goal or dream of mine,” Arens said, “to get to the place where I can run along with a really good executive team that, for the most part, (is) already in place at Valley. So it’s been a 25-year thing in the works. It was pretty exciting to achieve that.”