John Santopietro, MD, DFAPAJohn Santopietro, MD, DFAPA

Physician-in-Chief, Behavioral Health Network
Senior Vice President, Hartford HealthCare

Dr. John Santopietro is Hartford HealthCare’s Senior Vice President and first physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network, Connecticut’s leading provider of addiction and mental health services. A nationally recognized leader, Dr. Santopietro comes to Hartford HealthCare from Silver Hill Hospital where he served as president and medical director.

Prior to his role at Silver Hill, Dr. Santopietro was chief clinical officer for behavioral health and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Carolinas HealthCare System, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit healthcare systems.

Dr. Santopietro has published and lectured extensively, especially on the use of technology to enhance the delivery of behavioral health services, and integration of behavioral healthcare into primary care practices.

James F. O’Dea, Ph.D., MBAJim O'Dea

Senior Vice President, Behavioral Health Network

James O’Dea is a clinical psychologist and has been employed at Hartford HealthCare since 1989.  He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and an MBA from the University of New Haven. A collegiate graduate of Rutgers University, he earned both a Bachelor’s degree in Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Microbiology/Immunology in 1982.   

Dr. O’Dea came to Backus Hospital in 1989 to practice clinical psychology in the Department of Psychiatric Services.  He assumed his first administrative position at Backus Hospital in 1997, assuming leadership of the department.  In the subsequent years, Dr. O’Dea has held a number of different positions within the organization in program development and operational leadership.  He was instrumental in the development of the hospital’s bariatric surgery, heart failure, stroke and peripheral vascular programs.  In collaboration with other leaders, he was responsible for the development and maturation of the Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) initiative.  At Backus, Dr. O’Dea was also involved in patient safety and quality initiatives, heading up the Patient Safety and Quality Department for several years, as well as the administrator for the hospital’s Level III Trauma program. 

In 2008, Dr. O’Dea was named the Regional Director for Cancer Services for the Hartford HealthCare East Region and assisted in the development of the strategic and operational charter affiliation with Memorial Sloan-Kettering (MSK), one of the premier cancer programs in the world.

In 2015, Dr. O’Dea was named Vice President of Operations for the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network, the largest integrated behavioral health network in New England.    The network includes the Institute of Living, Rushford Center, Natchaug Hospital and its many ambulatory locations, and the behavioral health services at Backus Hospital, Windham Hospital, The Hospital of Central Connecticut, MidState Medical Center and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

In January 2022, Dr. O’Dea was named Senior Vice President of the Behavioral Health Network.

J. Craig Allen, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Jonathan Craig Allen received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit Michigan in 1989. He did his internship and General Psychiatry residency at the Tufts University Medical School / New England Medical Center and his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training at Harvard University Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital program. Dr. Allen served as Medical Director of Psychiatric and Family Services at Franciscan Children's Hospital in Brighton, Mass from 1995 until 2003 when he moved to Connecticut to take the position of Unit Chief at Riverview Hospital for Children and Youth in Middletown, Conn. Dr. Allen has served as Medical Director at Rushford since 2005. Dr. Allen has held the title of Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard University Medical School (1994–2003) and at Yale University Medical School (2003–2005). Currently Dr. Allen trains Residents from the Institute of Living in Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Allen was seated on the SAMHSA Pharmacotherapy Expert Consensus Panel which developed Pharmacotherapy Principles for individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders published in 2012. Dr. Allen is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General and Adult Psychiatry and is ABPN certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as being certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM).

Paul MaloneyPaul V. Maloney

Regional Vice President - Finance

Behavioral Health Network, Hartford HealthCare