Susan L. Kraus, CRNP-PMH
“I started my business on April Fool’s Day — April 1, 2014 — as my way of saying I will attempt the absurd,” says Susan L. Kraus, CEO of Kraus Behavioral Health, LLC. Since then, Kraus Behavioral Health has grown steadily, from just a few psychiatric nurse practitioners to a team of 15, including administrative personnel. “Despite the challenges of a business partnership ending unexpectedly, and the loss of lucrative contracts in January 2016, we began to rebuild the business by developing other service areas that are not being addressed by other clinical competitors,” says Kraus. To serve the community, Kraus Behavioral Health engages in pro-bono work, and serves as a “safe place” for the LGBT community, says Kraus. “After the flood in Ellicott City last summer, we supported a distressed business and advertised as they rebuilt,” she adds. Within her own industry, Kraus gets engaged through teaching, preceptorships and mentoring, and by attending clinical education programs alongside her clinicians.