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The National Council for Behavioral Health, 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

Our Team

Brie Reimann serves as Assistant Vice President, Practice Improvement and Consulting at the National Council for Behavioral Health. 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 Behavioral Health. 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 Behavioral Health, 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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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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Sarah Neil serves as the Project Manager, Integrated Health at the National Council for Behavioral Health 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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Vidya John serves as the Project Coordinator, Integrated Health at the National Council for Behavioral Health where she coordinates and supports all activities within the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions. John works in collaboration with other project staff to develop and disseminate tools and resources aimed to assist clinical and social service leaders to overcome barriers and apply best practices to integrate care and address disparities. Prior to working for the National Council, John served as a Child Psychiatric Specialist at the Children’s National Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center in Washington D.C. She has years of experience directly working with a vast range of underserved and severely mentally ill populations through advocacy, care management, and crisis intervention. John completed her Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree from the University of California, San Diego where she studied social and behavioral science. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health degree from George Washington University, where she is studying health policy and management.
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