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Laura Leone, DSW

Integrated Health Consultant, National Council for Behavioral Health

Laura Leone, 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:

  • Joe Parks, M.D.
  • Kate Davidson, LCSW
  • Joan Kenerson King, RN, MSN
  • Aaron Williams, MA
  • Jeff Capobianco, Ph.D., LLP
  • Laura Leone, DSW
  • Pam Pietruszewski, MA
The National Council’s trauma-informed care initiatives have helped hundreds of organizations across the country map out and execute a plan for delivering trauma-informed care. National Council trauma experts can help you devise and implement a complete A-Z trauma-informed care plan for your organization. They help you address board and leadership buy-in, workforce training, practice changes and guidelines, community awareness and outcomes measurement. Our experts are available for short- and long-term consulting and training engagements at your site and can work hands-on with your core implementation team. Addressing trauma helps your organization improve the quality and impact of your behavioral health services, increase safety for all, reduce no-shows, enhance client engagement and avoid staff burnout and turnover.

Trauma-informed Services Consultants:

  • Linda Henderson-Smith, Ph.D. LPC
  • Laura Leone, DSW
  • Pam Pietruszewski, MA
  • Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT
  • Cheryl S. Sharp, MSW, ALWF
  • Karen Johnson, MSW, LCSW
  • Pamela Black, MA
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:

  • Laura Leone, DSW
  • Pam Pietruszewski, MA
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:

  • Joan Kenerson King, RN, MSN
  • Laura Leone, DSW
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
  • Laura Leone, DSW
  • Pam Pietruszewski, MA