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Brian Zirbes

Vice President of Operations

Brian Zirbes has a master’s degree with a dual focus in adolescent counseling and alcohol and other drug addictions.  He has held direct service and leadership roles in psychiatric hospitals, community mental health clinics, detoxification programs and with the Department of Human Services.  In his most recent position as deputy director of the Behavioral Health Division at DHS, Brian oversaw the policy development and payment for the prevention, treatment, and recovery of addictions for the state of Minnesota.  As Vice President of Operations, he will utilize his leadership skills, experience in change management, and drive for innovation and outcomes to champion systems improvement to create a system of care that will be person-centered and attain positive outcomes for the people we serve. 

Why Did You Choose Northstar Behavioral Health?

For nearly 20 years, I have focused my career on improving people’s lives through direct service, policy development, and operational innovation.  The core mission of providing hope and improving people’s lives was a major draw to me joining the NBH team. In NBH’s short history they have a proven track record of problem-solving and meeting people where they are at with a can-do attitude.  With the support of NBH, I look to create a full system of care that utilizes evidence-based practices and aligns with national medical standards to become a provider of choice and a destination workplace.