Veteran Leader Named To Head Tri-County Mental Health

The CEO of a Northwest Arkansas guidance center has been selected as the new CEO for Tri-County Mental Health Services.

The Tri-County Board of Directors has unanimously named Tom Petrizzo as the organization’s next CEO. Petrizzo has served as CEO of the Ozark Guidance Center in Springdale, Ark., for the past six years and previously served as COO and chief legal officer at Community Reach Center in Thorn, Co. Petrizzo also served as COO of Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center in Lawrence, Ks.

Board Chair Jim Schmidt, who also served as search committee chair, said the organization was extremely pleased to name such an experienced professional to lead Tri-County. “We are delighted that we have offered the CEO position to such an experienced and knowledgeable executive,” Schmidt said. “Tom is very familiar with community mental health services and will bring excellent leadership skills to the Northland.”

Petrizzo said he appreciated the opportunity to join the community mental health center serving Clay, Platte and Ray counties. “The more I talked to Tri-County Board members and staff leaders, the more I saw their enthusiasm and dedication to the Tri-County mission,” he said. “I look forward to helping Tri-County grow, evolve and continue to be the behavioral health provider of choice for the Northland.”

The new CEO said he was especially impressed with the Tri-County staff and the Northland. “There is an enthusiasm and a collective desire to expand the agency’s services, the facilities and timely access,” he noted. “Because of the outstanding reputation of Tri-County, my wife and I are excited to relocate to the Northland and help Tri-County adapt to improve and grow in this constantly changing environment.”

Tri-County’s current CEO, Tom Cranshaw, announced his plans to retire earlier this year but has remained on the job in order to allow an in-depth search for a replacement and smooth transition. He praised the hard work of the search committee and board for their effort of nearly six months including dozens of interviews.

“Tri-County will be greatly served by an experienced and successful behavioral health executive,” Cranshaw said. “Not only will Tom Petrizzo bring fresh perspectives to Tri-County and the Northland, I am certain that he will spread those new perspectives throughout metropolitan Kansas City and Missouri. He’s a natural leader and his talents will be recognized immediately by all with whom he interacts.”

Petrizzo plans to begin on or about Jan. 6 following a 90-day notice with the Ozark Guidance Center. He earned his Master of Social Work from the University of Houston and his juris doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

Tri-County Mental Health Services is a not-for-profit community mental health agency delivering behavioral health, substance abuse prevention and treatment services to individuals and families residing in Clay, Platte and Ray counties. If you have any questions, call (816) 468-0400 or visit

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