Dr. Larry Ford, DBH, LBHP, BC Appointed to the Board of Directors for Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies

The nonprofit, private, post-secondary institution specializing in integrated behavioral health education welcomes Dr. Larry Ford to the CGI Board of Directors.

February 23, 2021

Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies is excited to announce that Dr. Larry Ford, DBH, LBHP, BC has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the university. Dr. Ford previously served as a Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) program faculty member. Cummings Graduate Institute honored Dr. Ford with the prestigious Biodyne Life Change Award in October 2016 due to his leadership and outstanding business model of integrated behavioral health services in Oklahoma.

Dr. Larry Ford received his Masters in Counseling with an emphasis in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, and he received his Doctorate in Behavioral Health from Arizona State University. Inspired by the volumes of studies Dr. Ford completed on how infinitely the psyche affects the body, Dr. Ford founded Hands to Guide You, an integrated behavioral health clinical practice based in Oklahoma City, OK, in November 2011.

Dr. Ford centers his practice on the certainty that there is no physical health without mental health, and correspondingly he has advanced Hands to Guide You as a preeminent leader in Integrated Care and Population Health. Dr. Ford enjoys eminent respect from both his patients and contemporaries as an authority on decreasing excessive health care costs in the state of Oklahoma, which has significantly reduced health insurance coverage denial due in great part to Dr. Ford’s accomplishments in holistic treatments. Dr. Ford’s integrated treatment has also decreased hospital readmission by 30% in southwest Oklahoma City alone. In 2019 & 2020 Hands to Guide You received the Oklahoma City Small Business Award, and in 2020 Dr. Ford was awarded Doctor of the Year. Dr. Ford’s principal leadership over the compassionate interdisciplinary treatment team at Hands to Guide You epitomizes skilled behavioral health services in Oklahoma. To learn more about Hands to Guide You, visit: https://www.h2gy.com/​.

Dr. Janet Cummings Psy.D., Chair of the Board of Directors, and Dr. Cara English, CEO, of Cummings Graduate Institute, nominated Dr. Ford to fill the empty Board seat after the passing of Dr. Nicholas Cummings in 2020. Dr. English shares, “I can hardly think of a better example of a Doctor of Behavioral Health than Dr. Larry Ford. He has brought the vision of Dr. Nicholas Cummings to life as an entrepreneurial clinician who can demonstrate results that attract the attention of payers and patients alike. He is a dedicated supporter of CGI, and will be an even bigger asset to us as a Board Member. We welcome him with excitement and gratitude.”