The Medical Director Institute
In 2015, the National Council reached out to member organizations distinguished by outstanding leadership in shaping psychiatric and addictions service delivery to create a new entity: the National Council Medical Director Institute (MDI).
Drawing from the members’ diverse breadth of knowledge and experience, the Medical Director Institute advises National Council members on best clinical practices and develops policy and initiatives that serve member behavioral health organizations, their constituent clinicians, and the governmental agencies and payers that support them.
Led by Sara Coffey, D.O., and Joseph Parks, M.D., the group tackles complex issues that impact the health and well-being of all Americans. Its greatest value lies in their ability to identify solutions and create concrete calls to action to ensure that all Americans have access to a comprehensive, integrated continuum of care with the expectation of recovery.
Position statements are developed based on expert understanding of current accepted standards of care in behavioral health. MDI members are uniquely qualified to develop position statements based on their ongoing clinical and operational leadership roles in the field. They are all board-certified psychiatrists with multiple specialty certifications, including general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and emergency psychiatry. Members practice within organizations that include freestanding community mental health centers, addiction treatment centers, academic centers and large multi-hospital systems. They have specialized experience in health systems policy, practice, and financing (including commercial insurance, Medicaid and Medicare).
MDI members possess demonstrated skill in applying multiple sources of evidence that determine the generally accepted standard of care including peer-reviewed studies in academic journals, consensus guidelines from professional organizations, and guidelines and materials distributed by government agencies.
Position statements of the MDI are passed by a two-thirds majority of the voting membership and require that more than 50 percent of MDI members register a vote.
SAMHSA CCBHC Medical Director Position Description
SAMHSA CCBHC certification requirements include a requirement that CCBHC’s have a medical director as part of their executive team and that the medical director be responsible for facilitating the integration of care and clinical standards of care. To assist CCBHC’s with meeting these requirements the MDI has developed a draft position description for CCBHC medical directors.
- Episode 1: Historical Trauma, Mass Violence and Healing with Frank Clark, MD and Sara Coffey, DO
- Bonus Video: Social Injustice, Structural Trauma and Community Violence with Tiona Praylow, MD, MPH and Sarah Vinson, MD
- Episode 2: Taking Action, Tough Conversations and Giving Grace with Patrice Harris, MD and Edward Woods
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