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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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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 Behavioral Health 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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Dr. Clarissa Aguilar is a Behavioral Health Consultant at the Center for Health Care Services (CHCS) in Integrated Care Primary Care and also serves as the Director of Psychology / Training at CHCS. Dr. Aguilar uses the Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) Consultation model to optimize interventions for individuals she serves in Integrated Primary Care at CHCS. She supervises and trains psychology residents, master’s level students and other interns in the delivery of bidirectional Integrated Care team-based care. She is interested in furthering the training of Behavioral Health Consultants (BHCs) in community mental health centers. She holds a double appointment as adjunct faculty at the Long Medical School at University of Texas – Health, San Antonio in the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Community and Family Medicine. Dr. Aguilar has been working in Integrated Care settings for over ten years. She is the Co-Chair for the Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) Special Interest Group for the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association. Her work has always focused on translating science to practice for populations with highly complex and high comorbid conditions. It was in her hometown, on the Texas-Mexico bordering the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where she first started working in integrated care and understood the value, science, and applicability of this model for marginalized populations. Since that time she sought out training as a BHC, and because of her specialty in working with Latino populations, has consulted and worked with FQHCs that serve Spanish speaking families over the years. She was recruited to continue this work in a bidirectional setting in 2014. She has since been active in presenting the use of the PCBH model and evidence-based interventions in bidirectional care at national, state, and local conferences. Dr. Aguilar is passionate about Integrated Care and believes in its role as a means of equalizing health disparities for individuals with severe mental illness and as a mechanism of social justice.

With a long-standing interest in community mental health, Dr. Aguilar trained traditionally as a clinical psychologist with a specialization in Children, Adolescents and Families. She earned her doctoral degree from Texas A&M University and completed her pre-doctoral internship at Saint John’s Child and Family Development Center in Santa Monica, California. Her dissertation studies focused on factors that predicted utilization of prevention intervention services and increasing access to these services, especially for the Latino population. Dr. Aguilar worked in community mental health for children’s crisis services for Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health for several years providing evidence-based assessment, treatment and intervention before transitioning back to Texas and concentrating focus on Integrated Care.

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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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