Melissa Lucy


Melissa L. Lucy, LPC is currently the Interim Executive Director at Horizon Behavioral Health with 22 years of experience in community behavioral health and 18 years in leadership roles. She has dedicated her career to helping children and adults overcome their life challenges with compassion, professional guidance, and caring support. Her experience as a leader and direct service provider includes program development, evaluation, strategic planning and oversight of a portfolio of services that includes: emergency mental health, forensic services, psychiatric services, primary care, and youth and family behavioral health services.

Melissa has served as a member of several state and local committees and taskforces including SJ47 Joint Subcommittee on Mental Health Reform, Emergency Mental Health, Psychiatric Policy, Criminal Justice and Mental Health Transformation. Melissa currently is a member of the Crisis Intervention Team Coalition of Central VA. She represents Horizon Behavioral Health as a member of the VACSB Emergency Services Council and is the Emergency Services Council representative on the Data Management Team. Melissa is Licensed by the state of Virginia Board of Counseling, is extensively trained as a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) specialist, Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) specialist, and she has specialized training from University of Virginia in forensic services. Melissa has trained with leading experts in her field and received certification from Marsha Linehan, the program founder of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Today, Melissa assists her team in making Horizon Behavioral Health a leader in the field of Behavioral Health. Mrs. Lucy has presented at the International Crisis Intervention Conference in Florida, on the Crisis Intervention Program established at Horizon Behavioral Health. Mrs. Lucy was instrumental in the establishment of this program in the Central Virginia area at Horizon Behavioral Health.