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Meet 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.

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 Patrick Runnels, M.D 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.


psychiatric shortage report coverPsychiatric Shortage: Causes and Solutions

Today, more people are seeking mental health care than ever before, but there aren’t enough psychiatrists to meet the growing demand. Yet, few thought leaders acknowledge this “silent shortage.” We must step up before the silent shortage becomes a thunderous crisis that reverberates throughout the U.S. health care system leaving millions without hope of recovery.

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Cover of Medication Matters reportMedication Matters: Causes and Solutions to Medical Non-Adherence

There is a medication gap in the United States that takes a toll on the quality of life and health of millions of people. Advances in medications have produced life-changing benefits for those with mental and substance use disorders, but too many people are not taking these medications as prescribed and their emotional and physical health suffers.

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