SAE Consultant Highlight: Norman Brier

SAE & Associates is pleased to announce the affiliation of its newest Associate, Norman Brier. Mr. Brier has just concluded a 30+ year career in New York State Government, recently as Office of Mental Health (OMH) Director of Strategic Financial Direction and Senior Consultant to the OMH Executive Deputy Commissioner. Mr. Brier’s career has focused on development and management of financial strategies to abet new human services program initiatives, first in the area of child welfare, and then in mental health for both children and adults. Several of his OMH program initiatives have included development and implementation of Comprehensive Outpatient Programs (COPs) and Community Support Programs (CSP) to support activities not previously reimbursed by Medicaid; the Prepaid Mental Health Program (PMHP), a voluntary behavioral health managed care plan for individual seeking mental health services directly from OMH; and, Rehabilitation Services for residents of OMH Community Residences.

More recently, Mr. Brier was a principal in: 

  • Development and implementation of OMH regulations Part 599, the recodification of OMH regulations for OMH licensed clinics, and transition to clinic reimbursement using “Ambulatory Patient Groups” (APGs), which differentiates payment for services by factors in addition to duration; and
  • Addition of almost all behavioral health services for adults into Medicaid Managed Care and the development and implementation of Health and Recovery Plans (HARPs). 

Mr. Brier’s notable non-NYS activities include a brief stint as a consultant to the US Treasury in an assignment to assess the financial issues facing the government of Montenegro, and as a financial consultant to and expert witness for the counsel in the successful defense in a multi-billion dollar Federal Fraudulent Claims Act lawsuit. 

Mr. Brier’s focus for SAE will be assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of the financial model(s) supporting the current delivery of health and behavioral services and outlining alternative reimbursement models to complement improved service designs.

Stay tuned, as you will also be hearing from Norm as we release resource guidance that will help you with crucial insights.

For more information about how we can help with the expertise you need: 

call (212)-684-4480, attn. Kate Kornblum, or email