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The National Council for Mental Wellbeing, through the National Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions grant award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), is the home of the newest evidence-based resources, tools and support for organizations working to integrate primary and behavioral health care.
Our team of experts in organizational readiness, integrated care models, workforce & clinical practice, health & wellness, and financing & sustainability are ready to partner with you to create a customized approach to advance integrated care and health outcomes.

Our Partners

Technology Transfer Centers (TTC)

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors

Primary Care Development Corporation

Weitzman Institute Inspiring Primary Care Innovation

Multicultural Development Institute, Inc.

Relias Learning Management System and Content

American Psychiatric Association

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) Research Institute

School-Based Health Alliance

Our Team

Brie Reimann serves as Assistant Vice President, Practice Improvement and Consulting at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. In her role she provides leadership and oversight of the Integrated Health Initiatives partnering with health care providers nationally on improving healthcare for individuals living with co-occurring physical and behavioral health conditions. She has 15 years of experience working with primary care and behavioral health providers in the areas of substance use prevention and early intervention, quality improvement, and integration of behavioral health and primary care. Prior to joining the National Council, Reimann served as the Director of the SBIRT Colorado initiative where she trained primary care and behavioral health providers working in hospitals, HIV clinics, health centers, and other safety-net provider organizations to integrate substance use screening and intervention into practice and provided leadership to the University of Colorado on the Health Professional training grant with the aim to develop curriculum for nursing students and preceptors.
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Dr. Parks is the Medical Director for the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. He has nearly two decades of experience with public health. He was named director of the Missouri HealthNet Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services in 2013. Dr. Parks also holds the position of Distinguished Research Professor of Science at the University of Missouri – St. Louis and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri, Department of Psychiatry in Columbia. He practices psychiatry on an outpatient basis at Family Health Center, a federally funded community health center established to expand services to uninsured and underinsured patients in central Missouri.

Previously, he served for many years as Medical Director of the Missouri Department of Mental Health and as President of the Medical Director’s Council of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Director. Dr. Parks has also served as Director of the Missouri Institute of Mental Health at University of Missouri St Louis and as Division Director for the Division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Services of Missouri Department of Mental Health.

Areas of Expertise: Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHCs); Clinical Best Practices; Data-informed Care; Health Information Technology; Integration of Primary Care and Behavioral Health; Leadership Development; Trauma-informed Care; Workforce Development.

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Alicia Kirley serves as the Sr. Director, Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions at The National Council for Mental Wellbeing, overseeing the delivery of training and technical assistance to advance the implementation of high-quality care for individuals with co-occurring physical, mental health and substance use disorders. Drawing on her past experience as an Executive Leader of a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center and Practice Administrator of Federally Qualified Health Centers in Pittsburgh, Pa, she assists organizations in integrating behavioral health and wellness within centers and states who serve populations which are marginalized, chronically ill and severely and persistently mentally ill, including those with substance use disorder. Before joining The National Council, Kirley served as a lead consultant on technology integration, including development and infrasture strategies of electronic health records across systems. Kirley is successful in the growth and implementation of alternative payment models, partnering with health systems, hospitals, payers and centers to create value models for sustaining integrated health care.
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Sarah Neil serves as the Project Manager, Integrated Health at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing where she manages and tracks the tasks, timelines, and activities within the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions. Building on her experience providing technical assistance and professional development to early childhood health and wellness providers, Neil continues to work closely with health and social service providers by sharing the resources and training needed to improve and promote health equity through high-quality services targeting those most in need. Before her time at the National Council, Neil served as Manager of Effective Practice at the National Head Start Association, where she worked directly with Head Start teachers, leaders, and parents to improve academic and health services provided to low-income and vulnerable children and families. Neil completed her Master’s in Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 2018, where she studied maternal and child health.
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Paula Zaremba is a project coordinator for the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions (COE-IHS). Her focus is on the administrative functions of the COE-IHS portfolio including routing technical assistance requests from community-based mental health and addiction provider organizations, scheduling internal and external meetings, coordinating online events, assisting with communications and marketing materials, and tracking participation metrics. Paula has worked in community-based organizations, education non-profit, and trade association settings, and has experience coordinating projects, programs, partnerships, online and in-person events, learning management systems, communications, and working directly with students and families. She is especially passionate about behavioral health services and programming among underserved communities of color.

Paula recently graduated with a Master of Health Science (MHS) in Mental Health degree from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, a degree that focuses on mental health from a public health perspective. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Government and Hispanic Studies from the College of William and Mary.

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Maura Gaswirth is a licensed indepdenent social worker with more than 15 years of experience in child welfare and behavioral health settings serving complex and high-needs populations. She is an expert in clinical quality improvement initiatives, training and technical assistance design, case management, person and family engagement, transitions of care, child welfare, integration and workforce development. She has experience in implementing and managing large and small federal contracts as well as foundation grants.

Ms. Gaswirth holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor in Social Work from Saint Mary’s College (IN).

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Henry Chung, M.D. is currently Senior Medical Director for Behavioral Health Integration Strategy at Montefiore Care Management Organization (CMO) and Professor of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In this role, Dr. Chung leads the implementation of behavioral health integration initiatives in the Montefiore Health System and its affiliated partners. From 2010 to 2017, he was Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Montefiore CMO and responsible for all quality assurance and medical transformation initiatives for over 5000 physicians and 400,000 patients in value based programs leading to successful outcomes and savings in Medicare, Medicaid and commercial programs. He is currently Chair of the Committee of Integrated Care of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Chung has a national track record of progressive achievement and leadership in multiple sectors of healthcare including community health center (FQHC), pharmaceutical, global university health, and academic medical centers. In addition, he has contributed notable scholarly work and led regional and national initiatives in the integration of behavioral health and primary care. In 2012, he received the Lewis and Jack Rudin Prize for Medicine and Health awarded by the New York Academy of Medicine and the Greater New York Hospital Foundation for his contributions to the NYC health care delivery system through partnerships with public health and the community. From 2014-2018, he was appointed to the National Advisory Council of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2018, Dr Chung led and completed a 4 year program supported by a $5.5 million grant by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations to integrate and sustain behavioral healthcare in primary care using the collaborative care model. More recently, he led the development of a new continuum based framework for behavioral health integration in primary care that is being widely used in NYS health reform initiatives.

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John Kern, MD serves as Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. His work focuses on the integration of primary care and behavioral health. He has been involved with the American Psychiatric Association’s TCPi grant, providing training in Collaborative Care to psychiatrists and primary care providers across the country, with a special focus on leading a years-long series of learning collaboratives for providers on Collaborative Care. Prior to his UW appointment, he was for 22 years the Chief Medical Officer at Regional Mental Health Center in Merrillville, IN, where he developed and supervised several collaborative care programs, including IMPACT-model Collaborative Care program and a SAMHSA grant providing primary care for a seriously mentally ill population, and then developed and served as Chief Medical Officer of a new Federally Qualified Health Center. In Washington he has been developing curriculum and tools to support the medical care of people with serious mental illness in Behavioral Health Agencies across the state. He has published on integrated care for psychiatrists, the care of bipolar disorder in the primary care setting and contributed to the recently-published white paper: “Psychiatry’s Role in Improving the Physical Health of Patients With Serious Mental Illness: A Report From the American Psychiatric Association.”

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Nick Szubiak brings more than 20 years of experience in direct service, administration and clinical experience to the healthcare field. He is the Founder of NSI Strategies, an organization that provides support to integrated healthcare environments and currently serves as an Advanced Implementation Specialist for SAMHSA’s Opioid Response Network. Szubiak is the former Assistant Vice-President of Addiction and Recovery at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing and Director at the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions. Prior, he served as the Director of Behavioral Health for a rural FQHC. Szubiak provides technical assistance, consultation and training toward bi-directional integration of behavioral health and primary care, substance use disorders, medication assisted treatment (MAT), SBIRT, measurement-based care, population health management and utilizing implementation science to maximize clinical pathways to better care. His experience includes MAT implementation, FQHC integration models and partnerships, trauma informed care, recovery-oriented systems of care, health homes, and developing high functioning teams to provide integrated care to the communities they serve. His expertise also involves systems change management, leadership development and supervisory skills. Szubiak is known for his heartfelt presentations, keynote speeches, and has sat on various expert panels, partnering with many organizations as a behavioral health subject matter expert. He earned his master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University
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Andrew C. Philip, PhD is a clinical health psychologist and the Senior Director of Clinical & Population Health at the Primary Care Development Corporation in New York City. At PCDC, Dr. Philip leads a robust team of subject matter experts and implementation specialists in the fields of clinical and population-based prevention and treatment and a portfolio enhancing primary care delivery in more than 37 states. Dr. Philip is the immediate past Deputy Director of the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, a certified primary care behavioral health trainer, and has offered presentations, webinars and workshops on integrated primary and behavioral health and specialty topics such as diabetes, pain, and LGBTQ health across the country reaching thousands of health care professionals. His experience includes integrating behavioral change principles within numerous types of medical settings and emphasizing improved care for diverse and underserved populations. Dr. Philip assists in driving initiatives aimed at improving patient care and promoting health innovation, as well as speaking nationally, teaching, writing, and conducting integrated care research. He is a Senior Fellow with the Partnership for Public Service in Washington, DC.
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Aaron Williams has more than 17 years of experience in the field of behavioral health services, with an emphasis on substance abuse treatment and prevention, workforce development, and the implementation of evidence-based-practices in clinical settings. Over this time, Williams has written and contributed to numerous articles and reports on drugs of abuse, primary care and substance abuse integration, mental health and primary care integration, workforce development of behavioral health providers, and the implementation of medications for addiction treatment in clinical settings.

In recent years, Williams has managed several projects related to the adoption of medication assisted treatment services in health centers. These projects include Project ECHO style Learning Collaboratives in which federally funded community health centers from across the county participate in virtual learning community sessions focused on increasing health centers use of buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid dependence and developing pain management protocols. Additionally, Williams has developed tools, resources, and provided subject matter expertise on these topics for diverse stakeholders including federal grantees, rural health providers, federal program staff, and other community stakeholders.

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Ms. Boyarski is a highly motivated, results-oriented professional offering more than 30 years’ broad-based experience, including non-profit executive management, non-profit board relations, fundraising/development, direct clinical service delivery, clinical supervision, consulting and teaching/training, business development and management, and strategic planning.

As Sr. Advisor and Practice Coach at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing for the past 3 years, Ms. Boyarski was able to identify areas for organizational/practice improvement, change management, implement sound action plans, and maintain flexibility in highly demanding environments. Ms. Boyarski is adept at forging partnerships across cultures, institutions and disciplines. Previous positions held at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing included BH Business Plus and CPPA.

Ms. Boyarski held previous positions as Executive Director of CADEKIDS in Philadelphia, PA, Field Placement /Seminar Instructor, Temple University, Clinical Supervisor, Esperanza Health Center, President Board of Advisors – The Parenting Center at Abington, PA, Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work and Mercy College, and as VP Clinical Programs at Family Services of Westchester, New York.

Ms. Boyarski earned her MSW from Fordham University, New York City with High Honors, and has Certificate in Public Administration Management from PACE University, NYC. Continuing education has consisted of diverse clinical and management education courses.

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