Larry Fricks is Director of the Appalachian Consulting Group (ACG) and Deputy Director of the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS), operated by the National Council for Behavioral Health. Fricks is a founder of the GA Mental Health Consumer Network, which now has more than 100 staff and 4000 members, as well as a founder of the GA Certified Peer Specialist Program, which helped Georgia become the first state able to bill Medicaid for peer support services. With CIHS, Fricks led the team that developed a curriculum for Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) Peer Support Training. The program subsequently trained nearly 1,000 WHAM facilitators in 17 states and the Veterans Administration. Fricks also served for 13 years on the senior management team of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.