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Laura Leone, DSW, MSSW, LMSW

Integrated Health Consultant, National Council for Behavioral Health

Laura Leone, DSW, MSSW, LMSW, has worked in the behavioral health field for more than 20 years, She has provided training and consultation on integrated care, mental health, substance use, suicide prevention, evidence-based practices, value-based payment readiness and other behavioral health topic areas.

She has extensive experience in bidirectional integration, engaging primary care in mental health partnerships and in specific clinical treatment modalities. Leone has published and presented nationally and has held leadership, clinical, administrative, supervisory, research and publication positions at a Federally Qualified Health Center; in private practice; at an in-patient psychiatric hospital; and at McLean Hospital’s OCD Institute.

Focus Areas: Integrated Health Practice and Policy; Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders; Child, Adult and Family Services; Systems Improvement; FQHC, CCBHC and IPA Experience; Evidence-based Practices; Strategic Planning; Clinical Service and Supervision Provision; Value-based Payment; Program Management; Suicide Prevention; Organizational Change


Laura's Consulting & Training Services

The National Council’s wide array of training and consultation fosters effectiveness, efficiency and sustainable integrated services to improve the overall health and wellness of individuals who are at risk for and living with chronic health conditions including mental health concerns and addictions. Our team of consultants have expertise in organizational readiness, integrated care models, workforce and clinical practice, health and wellness, and financing and sustainability. We will partner with you to create a customized approach to advance integrated care and health outcomes.

Integrated Health Consulting Consultants:

  • Amelia Roeschlein, DSW, MA, LMFT
  • Aaron Williams, MA
  • Jeff Capobianco, Ph.D., LLP
  • Pam Pietruszewski, MA
  • Laura Leone, DSW, MSSW, LMSW
  • Joe Parks, M.D.
  • Joan Kenerson King, RN, MSN
The National Council’s Trauma-informed, Resilience-oriented Care (TIROC) training and consulting practice has helped organizations in primary care, behavioral health, schools, community services, managed care and government settings achieve the quadruple aim of enhancing the patient experience, improving population health, reducing costs and enhancing the work life of their staff.

Our expert team of thought leaders guides organizations as they implement multi-faceted initiatives focused on the foundation of TIROC to apply complex strategies that impact social needs and access to care.

Through a lens of cultural humility, diversity, equity and inclusion, we help organizations build a data-informed workforce, organizational and community resilience, trauma-informed supervision and leadership and eliminate gaps in implementation of organizational, systemic culture change. Our experts are available for short- and long-term consulting and training engagements at your site or virtually and can work hands-on with your implementation team.

Trauma-informed, Resilience-oriented Care Consultants:

  • Linda Henderson-Smith, Ph.D. LPC
  • Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT
  • Amelia Roeschlein, DSW, MA, LMFT
  • Laura Leone, DSW, MSSW, LMSW
  • Karen Johnson, MSW, LCSW
  • Pamela Black, MA
  • Cheryl S. Sharp, MSW, ALWF
Motivational interviewing (MI) is an effective communication tool to help people living with mental illness, addictions and other chronic conditions make positive behavioral changes to support their overall health. Based on four fundamental processes — engaging, focusing, evoking and planning — it provides a framework for creating a dialogue about behavior change. Health care providers can use these tools to create conversations that empower the people you treat to make meaningful changes.

Motivational Interviewing Consultants:

  • Pam Pietruszewski, MA
  • Laura Leone, DSW, MSSW, LMSW
The changing health care marketplace requires case managers to act as care coordinators, increase health literacy, use data effectively, support health behavior change and understand the intersection of common health problems and behavioral health needs. This training equips attendees with the skills they need to help the people they serve navigate health care systems and manage their whole health needs. There are three targeted versions of the training – adult, child/adolescent and supervisors.

Case to Care Management Consultants:

  • Pam Pietruszewski, MA
  • Laura Leone, DSW, MSSW, LMSW
  • Joan Kenerson King, RN, MSN
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce and prevent risky substance use. Health care and social service organizations have found that SBIRT can bolster an organization’s capabilities to address co-occurring disorders and implement integrated care. Through our training and coaching, participants learn how to use evidence-based screening tools to determine alcohol and drug use risk levels, respond with a brief intervention and operationalize referral to treatment.

Screening Brief Intervention and Referral Treatment Consultants:

  • Aaron Williams, MA
  • Pam Pietruszewski, MA
  • Laura Leone, DSW, MSSW, LMSW