SSPHA Board Members


Allen McEniry, MBA , Director/CEO

Patrick B. Harris Psychiatric Hospital, (864)231-2673,

Mr. McEniry has served as CEO for Patrick B. Harris Psychiatric Hospital since the summer of 2016. Prior to that, he was the chief operating officer at Harris for eight years. Harris Hospital is a 200-bed acute care inpatient adult psychiatric facility located just outside of Anderson, within the upstate region of South Carolina, and is part of the SC Department of Mental Health. Before transitioning into the behavioral health career field, he held various positions in higher education administration for over ten years, in both the university and technical college environments. He retired from the U.S. Army with specialization in operations and logistics prior to moving into the private sector.
Mr. McEniry has a strong burden for those with persistent mental illness. His mother worked at the Emory University Psychiatric Clinic during his formative years in high school and college. He lost his older brother to the effects of mental illness in 2016. Allen is honored and privileged to work with a tremendous multi-discipline team of professionals striving each day to bring life to the Harris Hospital motto, “Helping People Heal.”
Mr. McEniry holds a BS in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Jeff Feix, Ph.D. , Director

Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, (615) 532-6747,

Dr. Jeff Feix is the Director of Forensic and Juvenile Court Services for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, where he has served since July of 2007. Dr. Feix earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Kentucky and completed an internship at the Harvard Medical School in 1989. His office coordinates the provision of court-ordered mental health evaluations for courts across Tennessee, provides risk assessments to the Board of Paroles, and manages the assessment and treatment of individuals found not guilty by reason of insanity. Previously, he worked in the public sector as a therapist, a forensic psychologist and a sex offender treatment provider in Massachusetts and Virginia. He has served as Chair of the executive committee of the Forensic Division of the National Association of Mental Health Program Directors.

James E. Smith , Superintendent

North Texas State Hospital, (940) 552-9901, (940) 692-1220,

James E. (Jim) Smith has worked in Texas' public mental health system for over forty years. He has previously served as CEO / Superintendent of both the Vernon State Hospital and the Wichita Falls State Hospital, ultimately overseeing their consolidation as North Texas State Hospital (NTSH) - Texas' largest psychiatric hospital with approximately 2100 employees and 562 inpatient beds and a wide variety of programs on its civil and forensic campuses. Included in its operation is a 32-bed Adolescent Forensic Program. Jim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (DCSW). In addition to being the NTSH Superintendent, Jim has served in a leadership capacity in numerous state and national mental health organizations. He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Southern States Psychiatric Hospital Association, as a member of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) National Research Institute Technical Workgroup, as an Executive Committee member of the Wichita County Healthcare Coalition, Trustee for the Patel Family Charitable Trust, President of the Vernon Area Texas Tech University Alumni Association, and past member of Joint Committee on Access and Forensic Services and a past member of the Joint Commission Expert Panel for Suicide Risk Reduction. He is a past Chairperson of the NASMHPD Forensic Division and has served on many special committees focused on forensic mental health issues and consulted at a number of forensic psychiatric hospitals in other states on a variety of forensic mental health issues.

Brandi P. Justice, Psy.D. , Facility Director/CEO

Central State Hospital, (804) 524-7373,

Dr. Justice started her career in Washington, DC, working in the fields of intelligence and threat assessment. She eventually decided to pursue a career in clinical psychology to fulfill her passion of working with marginalized groups and individuals. For the past 15 years she has had the pleasure of working as a clinical psychologist for federal and state corrections, university medical centers, and state behavioral health facilities. Dr. Justice currently serves as the CEO for Central State Hospital in Petersburg, Virginia. Dr. Justice earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of Charleston, a Master’s degree in Forensic Science from The George Washington University, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University.

Craig A. Richards , CEO

Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital, (304) 525-7801 ext. 624,