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The CCBHC-E National TTA Center, operated by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), is the home of the newest evidence-based resources, tools and support to ensure CCBHC-E grantees are effective and successful in implementing the CCBHC model, including providing comprehensive 24/7 access to community-based mental and substance use treatment services, treatment of co-occurring disorders and physical health care in one single location.

Our team of experts also provide guidance to CCBHC-E grantees to promote adherence to the CCBHC model, certification, sustainability and implementation of processes that support access to care and evidence-based practices.

This publication was made possible by Grant Number 1H79SM085856 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views, opinions, or policies of SAMHSA, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Our Team


Samantha Holcombe has more than 10 years of experience designing and implementing health care programs serving complex and high-needs populations.

As senior director, practice improvement at the National Council, she oversees a portfolio of healthcare transformation and financing programs to drive clinical change and improve health outcomes for behavioral health populations, including training and technical assistance to support Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) in successful implementation through the CCBHC Success Center. She designs and delivers training, technical assistance and coaching for behavioral health providers in the areas of population health management, care pathways and care coordination, and quality improvement and data-driven decision making. She has co-designed toolkits and technical resources across these topic areas for providers.

She most recently led a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services- (CMS) funded practice transformation network focused on creating new and replicable models of care to improve clinical outcomes for people with serious mental illness and building capacity of provider to transition to value-based payment arrangements. She has extensive experience in leading development and oversight of project monitoring, data analysis and evaluation plans, including cost savings methodologies.

Holcombe holds a master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Dr. Clement Nsiah is a trained population health scientist with years of experience in health care service planning and implementation to address health disparities and improve health outcomes.

As director in practice improvement, he provides training and technical assistance support for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) to ensure comprehensive and integrated services for people with mental health and substance use treatment needs.

In his previous roles, Dr. Nsiah provided leadership for practice transformation programs to drive clinical engagement and improvement. He partnered with existing and newly formed health care networks to implement and manage health care programs identified through signed value-based payment contracts and agreements. His primary focus has centered on leading the execution and performance monitoring of population health strategies and clinical priorities.

He has collaboratively partnered with health care leaders to improve health outcomes and contribute to sustainable medical cost trends through access to safe and effective health care. He has extensive experience providing oversight for project management, program development, data analysis and visualization, service monitoring and evaluation, population health and quality performance management and leveraging health data to drive clinical changes.

Dr. Nsiah received his doctoral degree in health policy from D’Youville College with training in population health and equity, a Master of Science in molecular biology from the University at Buffalo, SUNY, and a Bachelor of Science in biology from SUNY Geneseo.

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Dr. Jane King is a clinical psychologist with almost 25 years of experience developing and directing programs and teams in the integrated mental health, substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, homelessness and housing arenas.

As a senior consultant for the National Council, she specializes in Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) implementation for both clinics and states. She also provides consulting regarding integration of mental health and SUD treatment, organizational and workforce development, program management and data-driven evidence-based practice implementation.

Prior to joining the National Council, Dr. King worked for the State of Minnesota, Department of Human Services, on the CCBHC implementation team where she assisted Minnesota with getting into the federal demonstration, developed a certification process, certified the clinics and co-developed the State Plan Amendment making CCBHC a permanent part of the Minnsota Medicaid State Plan. She has supervised or provided all the required services within the CCBHC model and has worked in varied settings such as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), mental health clinics, SUD treatment programs, homeless shelters and housing programs.

Dr. King received her Doctor of Psychology from JFK University and her bachelor’s in psychology from Occidental College.

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Dr. Jeff Capobianco has more than 25 years of clinical, administrative and health care research experience. He has an extensive background in strategic planning to design and implement primary, substance use disorder and mental health care integration models for children and adults.

With expertise in evidence-based practice implementation, Lean Six Sigma methodologies, adaptive leadership and learning community approaches to organizational change, he focuses on developing sustainable, efficient and effective approaches to health care integration. He has consulted with dozens of health care organizations, including state departments of Medicaid, hospital systems and county health departments. He is also the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) Success Center’s lead consultant for CCBHC implementation support, working alongside clinics to adopt CCBHC criteria.

Prior to joining the National Council for Mental Wellbeing where he is a senior consultant, he held positions as a research investigator at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, where he continues to teach part-time and as the director of research and new program development for a behavioral health managed care organization.
A master’s-level licensed clinical psychologist in the State of Michigan, he received a Doctor of Philosophy from Wayne State University in program evaluation.

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Renee Boak serves as a consultant for the National Council and specializes in Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) implementation for clinics. She provides consulting on the integration of mental health and substance use disorder treatment, implementation of primary care clinics in a community mental health setting, population health management and sustainability.

Boak has experience implementing a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Expansion grant as well applying for Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) look-a-like status. Working with CCBHC programs has given her opportunities to engage in innovative practices, such as development of a pilot program to support individuals who are managing diabetes in a community mental health setting and has allowed her to engage in sustainability work through alternative payment methodologies.

Prior to joining the National Council, Boak worked for an organization in Oregon that participated in the two-year demonstration period and was a recipient of a CCBHC Expansion grant.

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Blaire Thomas has 10 years of experience in program implementation and evaluation, corrective action planning, data analysis and reporting and providing technical assistance within the government and non-profit sectors.

As project manager in practice improvement at the National Council, she provides training and technical assistance to support Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs).

Prior to joining the National Council, she served as a manager for the Maryland Department of Social Services, most recently as a data manager on a federally funded initiative to develop, integrate and sustain best practices and programs that improve outcomes for youth in foster care.

Blaire holds a master’s degree in psychology with a focus on research from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the Hampton University.

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Alexandra Meade has more than 10 years of clinical and operational experience in behavioral health settings serving complex and high need populations.

As a project manager in practice improvement at the National Council in the mental health and substance use practice area, she plans and facilitates training and technical assistance within learning communities for providers who treat and care for individuals receiving behavioral health support. Her most recent project work includes designing curriculum planning and facilitating learning opportunities supporting the extension and expansion of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) federal demonstration program nationwide.

Previously, she provided coordination on a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services- (CMS) funded practice transformation network focused on creating new and replicable models of care to improve clinical outcomes for people with serious mental illness and building provider capacity to transition to value-based payment arrangements.

Her experience prior to the National Council includes case management and care coordination for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, therapeutic expertise in applied behavior analysis (ABA), person and family engagement, community integration and transitions of care.

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Rachel Shaheen brings more than eight years of experience supporting community-based organizations with creative and human-centered solutions that drive measurable impact. She is passionate about building communities and identifying organizational capacities to advance mission-critical initiatives and goals. Her mental health lived experience empowers her to build strong, authentic relationships and expand others’ access to quality care and healing.

As a project coordinator in practice improvement at the National Council, her recent project work has focused on youth mental health and substance use prevention, including development of a toolkit to inspire inclusive and responsive mental health supports for historically underserved youth as well as management of learning communities to support primary care providers in implementing Youth Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). As a member of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) team, she plans and facilitates training and technical assistance for CCBHC Expansion Grantees.

Shaheen holds a master’s degree in public administration and a Bachelor of Arts in political science and social entrepreneurship from Northeastern University.

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Ritu Dhar is a project coordinator within the Practice Improvement and Consulting Department at the National Council. In this role, she supports and provides technical assistance for the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Success Center.

Prior to joining the National Council, Ritu served as a coordinator in New York University’s Department of Population Health, where she assisted in addressing health disparities in chronic illness as part of the Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH).

Ritu holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Fordham University and a Master of Health Sciences through the Department of Mental Health from Johns Hopkins University.

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