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Pam Pietruszewski, MA

Integrated Health Consultant, National Council for Behavioral Health

Pam Pietruszewski has more than 20 years’ experience designing and implementing programs to integrate behavioral health and primary care services. Her work includes the Reducing Adolescent Substance Abuse Initiative funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation; DIAMOND, a depression care management program that received the 2010 Gold Award from the American Psychiatric Association; and Partners in Integrated Care (PIC) funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Pietruszewski is listed in the National Registry of SBIRT Trainers from the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network established by SAMHSA and has published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, American Journal of Managed Care, Mental Health Family Medicine, Annals of Family Medicine, Psychiatric Services and the Journal of Biomedical Informatics.

She holds a master’s degree in counseling and psychological services from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota.

Focus Areas: Motivational Interviewing; Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT); Depression Management in Primary Care; Team-based Care; Quality Improvement; Clinical Guidelines Development


Pam'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
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