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The CCBHC Success Center is staffed by a multidisciplinary core team from the National Council. This team leads the direct efforts of the CCBHC Success Center with support from an extensive network of staff and consultant experts.

Amanda Baer is a public health professional focusing on improving mental health and addressing substance use disorders through practice and systems improvement.

As a project coordinator in practice improvement, she supports the design and delivery of training and technical assistance to behavioral health providers in clinical and community settings. Currently, her projects include coordinating learning opportunities for Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHCs), as well as innovative learning networks focusing on enhancing adolescent mental health supports and preparing social work students to address substance use disorders.

Before joining the National Council, Baer provided programmatic and operational support in higher education and community non-profit settings and earned a master’s in public health from George Mason University.

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Brett Beckerson has more than 12 years of experience working at the intersection of public health and public safety policies at local, state and federal levels. At the National Council for Behavioral Health, Beckerson leads the state-based efforts on Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) to ensure high-quality, integrated services for people with behavioral health needs.Prior to joining the National Council, Beckerson worked at The Pew Charitable Trusts where he provided strategic guidance on Pew’s work on medications for opioid use disorder, suicide prevention and correctional health care. He provided policy recommendations to governors and legislative leaders and lobbied at the federal level for policy changes on topics such as provider workforce, health care financing and population health.

Before joining Pew, he led Medicaid policy reforms in states with a primary focus on justice-involved populations at the Council for a Strong America. There, he helped launch the organization’s Police Training Institute to work directly with law enforcement agencies on issues of behavioral health, implicit bias and adolescent development.

Brett began his career providing state- and local-level technical assistance on school bullying policies. This position grew into an advisory role with the Michigan Department of Community Health and Surgeon General of Michigan on access to school-based mental health services for children, youth and families and integrated care with community-based settings. An alumnus of The University of Michigan, Beckerson earned a graduate degree in social work with a focus on child welfare policy, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

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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 Behavioral Health 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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Rebecca David oversees the National Council Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) Success Center. David has been a part of the CCBHC movement since 2009, working to support the initial enactment of the CCBHC model and subsequent extensions while simultaneously supporting clinics and states throughout the implementation phase. With more than a decade of experience in health systems financing and state and federal behavioral health care policy, David provides strategic guidance and policy support to states and clinics considering CCBHC implementation.

She works directly with members of Congress, congressional staff and regulatory agencies to track and influence public policies that affect providers’ ability to deliver timely, high-quality services to vulnerable individuals. She has led advocacy, education and implementation efforts related to the major behavioral health laws of the last decade, from addiction and mental health parity to the Medicaid expansion, Excellence in Mental Health Act and more.

Throughout her career, David has centered her work around the principle that “nothing in Washington happens without constituent support,” mobilizing grassroots campaigns and building coalitions of advocacy partners to support public policies that strengthen the addiction and mental health safety-net.

Before joining the National Council, David did policy analysis and advocacy on issues related to child and family health at the state and federal level. She also served as clerk of the Joint Committee on Finance in the Wisconsin State Legislature and spent time directing research and outreach in the Denver-area Latino community as part of a campaign to eliminate disparities in health care.

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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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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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Dr. Joseph Parks, a practicing psychiatrist and state policymaker, has a track record of translating clinical experience in mental and substance use disorders into patient-centered policy recommendations and state of the science primary and behavioral health treatment programs. As the former chief clinical officer for the Missouri Department of Mental Health and Medicaid director, he led a statewide transformation of the health care delivery system in Missouri.

As vice president of practice improvement and medical director for the National Council for Behavioral Health, Dr. Parks oversees the National Council’s training and technical assistances efforts and serves as part of the integration consulting team, where he brings an unequalled depth of experience to clients, including Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) and state agencies and departments seeking to adopt the CCBHC model. He is also the power behind the National Council’s Medical Director Institute and their groundbreaking publications. Under his leadership, both primary care and Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) Health Homes in Missouri saw improvements in medication adherence, quality-of-care indicators and general health indicators as well as reductions in emergency department visits, hospitalizations and total cost of care to the state.

Whether integrating primary and behavioral health or working to redesign your organization’s care delivery processes, Dr. Parks engages with organizations in the implementation of evidence-based medicine and data-driven care, pharmacy quality improvement and utilization management, health management, Medicaid financing, value-based purchasing and health care policy.

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