Dr. Hurst is Medical Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, a position he has held since 2012. In this role, Dr. Hurst serves as the clinical lead for the department, including supervision and leadership of Ohio's six regional psychiatric hospitals and all drug and alcohol recovery services in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. He also leads multiple other community clinical efforts, including development of effective clinical plans for the prevention and treatment of mental illness and addiction, recruitment and retention of qualified staff, and special topics of relevance including use of medication assisted treatment, treatment of pregnant women with substance use disorders, expansion of naloxone availability, suicide prevention and treatment of mental illness and substance use disorders in the criminal justice system. He regularly collaborates with other state boards and departments on issues relating to mental illness and substance use disorders, and contributed to the development of opioid prescribing guidelines in Ohio, rules regarding the use of medication assisted treatment, and impact of Medicaid expansion in improving access to behavioral health treatment.
Dr. Hurst is Board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. He has held many clinical and clinical leadership positions during his career, serving as Chief of Psychiatry at the Columbus VA outpatient clinic where he established an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program, Director of the Harding Addiction Treatment Program, and various leadership roles within the Ohio Department of Mental Health including Chief Clinical Officer at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare where he established programming in Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT), an evidence-based treatment for individuals with severe mental disorders and substance use disorders.