Board Term Ends: December 2025
Child Welfare Specialty Plan
Julie Smythe joined Sunshine Health as the Vice President of Child Welfare Programs in 2022. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience in administration of community mental health and child welfare programs focused on children and families. Julie has lived in Florida for nine years. During that time, she has worked in Community and Provider engagement, and Quality for a specialized Medicaid plan for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and as Vice President for Community Based Care Integrated Health.
Julie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She started her career in Kansas City volunteering with substance-exposed newborns, working direct care in a residential setting and then determining eligibility for aid to families for the state of Missouri. She completed internships in community mental health both in New Jersey and at the University of Chicago Hospital in the inpatient adult psychiatric unit.
After completing her master’s degree, Julie moved to Chicago and worked on the south side providing mobile psychiatric services through a model known as Screening, Assessment, and Support (SASS). She went on to serve as an adolescent and family unit therapist and social services coordinator for a large hospital.
When her family relocated to central Connecticut, Julie began working for an innovative community health center in the area. Her responsibilities included overseeing evidenced based practice programs for youth and families with DJJ or DCF involvement. She is especially proud of her contributions to the design and implementation of community support diversion model, as well as her training and oversight of multiple intensive outpatient EBP’s improving the safety, quality and health outcomes for youth and families.