Speaker Bios

 HHS Federal Partners Integrated Care Meeting

“State of the Art: Research, Models, Promising Practices and Sustaining Integrated Care”

 

June 22, 2017

10:00 – 10:40 am                    Welcome 

Kana Enomoto, M.S. has been delegated the functions, duties, and authorities of the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use by the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary. In this role, she oversees SAMHSA’s four centers and four offices, more than 600 employees, and a budget of $3.7 billion. Ms. Enomoto and the SAMHSA team provide data, policy, public education and grants to advance the agency’s mission to reduce the impact of substance use and mental illness on America’s communities. Since 2011, Ms. Enomoto has provided leadership on agency operations, policies, and programmatic activities while serving in a number of senior management roles, including Acting Administrator and Principal Deputy Administrator. During her tenure at SAMHSA, she has also served as the Director of the Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation, Acting Deputy Administrator, and as the Principal Senior Advisor to three SAMHSA Administrators. Ms. Enomoto joined SAMHSA in 1998 as a Presidential Management Fellow after spending her early career in research and clinical services with a focus on minority mental health and trauma. Ms. Enomoto has received awards in recognition of her work, including the Arthur S. Flemming Award, the American College of Mental Health Administration King Davis Award, and the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service. Ms. Enomoto earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Senior Managers in Government Program.

George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D, became Administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on May 1, 2017. Before coming to HRSA, Dr. Sigounas spent 23 years as Professor of Medicine at the East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine in Greenville, NC where he helped establish the Bone Marrow Transplantation Program. He directed the Cellular Therapies Clinical Unit which provided the Bone Marrow Transplantation Program with the cells used to transplant cancer patients. During this period, he also served as an Inspector for the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). FACT is the non-profit corporation that inspects and accredits facilities and programs in the field of cellular therapies worldwide. His work with the Bone Marrow Transplantation Program also provided extensive experience with designing and conducting clinical trials, preparing patient treatment protocols, and performing fiscal management. From 1987-94, Dr. Sigounas was a scientist and researcher at the National Institutes of Health and the Naval Medical Center. Through the years, his research efforts have resulted in several U.S. and international patents as well as peer-reviewed publications. For more than 30 years, Dr. Sigounas has been teaching and training a broad spectrum of students, including undergraduates, graduates, medical students, residents and fellows. Dr. Sigounas earned his bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Patras in Greece, a master of science in physiology and biology from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. in cell biology and physiology from Boston University.

Florence Fee, J.D., M.A., No Health Without Mental Health (NHMH).  NHMH was co-founded in 2007 by Florence Fee, a corporate lawyer who happened to have two siblings with serious mental illness, both of whom died well before those with similar health but no mental illness.  NHMH’s co-founders are Drs. Doug Levinson of Stanford University and Stephen Hinshaw of UC Berkeley.  Before co-founding NHMH, Ms. Fee was an active member and leader of the NAMI organization in California.  Based on her decades’ experience within NAMI and related to her siblings’ experience, she organized NHMH with a mission to advocate for effective bi-directional integrated med/psych care.  In the past 10 years, NHMH has become a leading patient advocacy nonprofit working for behavioral health integration in primary care and medical integration in specialty mental health.

10:40 – 12:00 pm                    AHRQ

Arlene S. Bierman, M.D., M.S., leads the work of the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement (CEPI) at AHRQ, which consists of five divisions: the Evidence-Based Practice Center Program; the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Program; the Division of Decision Science and Patient Engagement; the Division of Health Information Technology; and the Division of Practice Improvement, as well as the National Center for Excellence in Primary Care Research. Dr. Bierman is a general internist, geriatrician, and health services researcher, whose work has focused oimproving access, quality, and outcomes of health care for older adults with chronic illness in disadvantaged populations. Dr. Bierman has served on many advisory committees, including the Geriatric Measurement Advisory Panel of the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the boards of Health Quality Ontario and the National Center of Excellence National Initiative for Care of the Elderly (NICE). She received her MD degree from the University of  North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. She completed fellowships in outcomes research at Dartmouth Medical School and community and preventive medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Garrett E. Moran, Ph.D., is a Vice President and Associate Director at Westat with nearly 45 years of experience in public policy, program evaluation, research, and management. He has served as the Project Director of the AHRQ Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care since 2010 and is deeply committed to advancing whole person, person-centered health care. His other recent responsibilities have included key leadership roles on projects for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), as well as consulting roles with states working on health reform and care integration. His major areas of substantive expertise include integrated healthcare delivery, health care financing, health information technology, and program evaluation. Dr. Moran directed the consultant support and writing contract for the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in the early 2000s, and subsequently served as an Advisor and Consultant to the States of Maryland and Ohio as they developed mental health transformation plans. From 1993 to 1996, Dr. Moran served as behavioral health commissioner in the Department of Health and Human Resources for the State of West Virginia. In this role, he guided public policy related to people with mental or substance use disorders, developmental disabilities, and older adults. Dr. Moran is also a clinical psychologist, whose early career included several years of direct clinical work with people with behavioral health disorders.

Jürgen Unützer, MD, MA, MPH, is Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. He also holds adjunct appointments as Professor in the School of Public Health (Department of Health Services and Department of Global Health) and as Affiliate Investigator at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, WA. Dr. Unützer has been a leader in developing innovative models of care that integrate mental health and general medical services and on translating research on evidence-based mental health care into effective clinical and public health practice. He has more than 300 scholarly publications and is the recipient of numerous federal and foundation grants and awards for his research to improve the health and mental health of populations through patient-centered integrated mental health services.  Dr. Unützer directs the AIMS Center which is dedicated to ‘Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions’ and has supported the development, testing and implementation of IMPACT, an evidence based model of depression care in more than 1,000 primary care clinics in the United States and abroad.Dr. Unützer has served as Senior Scientific Advisor to the World Health Organization and as an advisor to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. He works with national and international organizations to improve behavioral health care for diverse populations. Dr. Unützer trained in Medicine (MD, Vanderbilt University), Public Policy (MA, University of Chicago), and Public Health / Health Services (MPH, University of Washington). He completed fellowships in Geriatric Psychiatry at UCLA and in Primary Care Psychiatry at the University of Washington.

1:00 – 1:15 pm                        VA

Andrew S. Pomerantz, MD. Dr. Pomerantz is the National Mental Health Director for Integrated Services in the Veterans Health Administration, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.  Dr. Pomerantz was a Primary Care physician in central Vermont for 12 years, prior to beginning training in psychiatry.  He has spent his entire career seeking effective models of full integration of mental health care and primary care.  He joined the VA in 1987 as director of Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry at the White River Junction (Vermont) VA, and served as chief of Mental Health there from 1992 until assuming his current national position in 2011.  He has received local, regional and national recognition and awards for his pioneering work in integrated care and telehealth, including the American Psychiatric Association’s Gold Achievement award for innovation and the VA Secretary’s Advanced Clinical Access award in 2005.

1:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.             NIAAA

Lori J. Ducharme, Ph.D.  Dr. Ducharme is a sociologist and a Program Director in the Division of Treatment and Recovery Research at NIAAA.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, where she focused on organizational behavior and employee well-being. While working in academic and contract research settings, she studied the evolution of the U.S. addiction treatment system in response to changes in financing, regulation, and the introduction of novel medications and behavioral therapies. At NIAAA, Dr. Ducharme manages a portfolio of research, small business, and training grants that explore ways to increase the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based treatments, enhance the integration of addiction treatment in general medical settings, and improve service access and utilization.

Stacy A. Sterling, Ph.D. Dr. Sterling is a staff scientist in the Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California.  She received her doctoral training at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, and her Master’s degrees in Public Health and Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include developing systems for implementing evidence-based, integrated, behavioral health services into primary care, adolescent behavioral health prevention and early intervention, and alcohol and drug and mental health treatment outcomes and access. She is the Principal Investigator for numerous studies on SBIRT and adolescent substance use treatment, including an NIH/NIAAA adolescent SBIRT trial in pediatric primary care and an NIH/NIAAA survey of pediatricians about adolescent behavioral-health risk screening and intervention. She has overseen the implementation of region-wide alcohol SBIRT in Kaiser Permanente Northern California adult primary care.     

                                                    NIDA

Kristen Huntley, Ph.D., is a Health Scientist Administrator at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Center for Clinical Trials Network (CCTN) where she oversees research studying the effectiveness and implementation of interventions for the treatment of substance use disorders in multi-site, nationwide studies that enroll large samples of diverse participants in general medical settings and community-based treatment programs. Dr. Huntley also manages activities conducted through NIDA’s Blending Initiative. This initiative supports collaboration between clinicians, scientists, and experienced educators to facilitate the adoption of evidence-based practices in front-line clinical settings. During her tenure at NIH Dr. Huntley has served as a Scientific Review Officer at NIDA and as a Program Director at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) where she administered a portfolio of pain management research grants and led efforts to build collaborations with other federal agencies to encourage research on the use of integrative health approaches and models of care for pain management in military and veteran populations. Prior to working at NIH, Dr. Huntley was on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, a project director at a research and consulting firm, and has worked in a variety of healthcare settings. Dr. Huntley has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and has over 20 years of experience in academic, research, and clinical settings.

Dionne J. Jones, Ph.D. is currently Acting Chief of the Services Research Branch in the Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH.  In this capacity, Dr. Jones supports a national program of rigorous health services research to maximize the delivery of efficient, high quality treatment and care for persons in need of substance abuse treatment.  Among priority areas funded are: integration of drug treatment into medical settings, development of quality measures, economics of drug treatment (e.g., financing and cost), and implementation sciences. A primary focus is to help develop the pipeline of new and early stage investigators. Prior to joining NIDA in 1998, Dr. Jones served in a number of administrative and research capacities at nonprofit and for profit organizations. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland University College. She has published journal articles, book chapters and a monograph in a number of public health-related areas. Dr. Jones received her Ph.D in Educational Psychology and Master of Social Work degrees from Howard University, Washington, DC.

Frederick L. Altice, MD, MA. Dr. Altice is a Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University where he serves as the Director of Clinical and Community Research, the Community Health Care Van and the HIV in Prisons Program. As a clinician, he is board-certified in both Infectious Diseases and Addiction Medicine.  As a researcher, his interests are focused on the interface between infectious diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis, and viral hepatitis, and substance use disorders. Dr. Altice is currently the principal investigator on numerous clinical investigations funded by the National Institutes of Health and several other federal agencies and served as a leading member of the World Health Organization’s Policy Guidelines for Collaborative Tuberculosis and HIV Services for Injecting and Other Drug Users: An Integrated Approach. He is also a member of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care’s Guidelines Committee for Improving Entry Into and Retention in Care and Antiretroviral Adherence for Persons With HIV. Dr. Altice is currently leading studies in Ukraine, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Peru, and the United States. In addition to publishing his research in peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Altice has authored several significant books and book chapters. He lectures nationally and internationally on the subjects of infectious diseases, addiction medicine, implementation science and the delivery and organization of healthcare services, including integrated healthcare.

                                                  NIMH

Susan T. Azrin, Ph.D. is a Program Chief in the Division of Services and Intervention Research at the National Institute of Mental Health.  Dr. Azrin leads the Mental Health in Primary Care and Early Psychosis Treatment Services Research Programs. Dr. Azrin also leads the NIMH initiative on improving health and reducing premature mortality in people with severe mental illness, for which she received an NIMH Award for Significant Achievement. She is the Scientific Officer for the NIMH Mental Health Research Network and Project Officer for the Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode-Early Treatment Program (RAISE-ETP), a pioneering study of team-based, coordinated specialty care for people with early psychosis, for which she received an NIH Director’s Award. Dr. Azrin earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Maryland College Park.

Bruce L. Rollman, MD, MPH, Director, Center for Behavioral Health and Smart Technology, UPMC Endowed Chair in General Internal Medicine, and Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, Biomedical Informatics, and Clinical and Translational Science. Since joining the University in 1995 following his research fellowship at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Rollman’s research has focused on developing and testing new methods to treat depression and anxiety disorders in non-psychiatric settings.  He has been principal investigator on six NIH-funded R01 clinical trials that include the NIMH-funded Online Treatment for Mood and Anxiety Disorders Trial (R01 MH093501) that evaluated the effectiveness of providing depressed and anxious primary care patients with care manager-guided access to both a computerized cognitive behavioral therapy (CCBT) program and an Internet support group (R01 MH093501); and the NHLBI-funded Hopeful Heart Trial presently testing the impact of a “blended” telephone-delivered collaborative care model for treating both depression and heart failure simultaneously (R01 HL114016). A practicing primary care physician, Dr. Rollman has published nearly 100 scientific papers, including first-authored papers in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Annals of Internal Medicine and has 4 U.S. patents for health-related inventions.

June 23, 2017

9:50 – 11:00 am                       SAMHSA

LCDR Joy Mobley, Psy.D. LCDR Mobley is a Clinical Psychologist currently working as a government project officer at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the Center for Mental Health Services. LCDR began her career as an Army Psychologist, completing her internship and residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and completing a tour in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  LCDR Mobley has extensive experience providing subject matter expertise in the areas of primary and behavioral health care integration, military specific trauma/PTSD, deployment reintegration for Service Members and their families, and army aeromedical and biological surety programs. LCDR Mobley completed an inter-service transfer into the United States Public Health Service in 2012.

Mrs. Tenly Pau Biggs is a Public Health Advisor in the Community Support Programs Branch (CSPB) within the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  Her work portfolio includes the primary and behavioral health care integration (PBHCI) grant program and contract (SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions), trauma-informed care, and behavioral health disparities.  During her time as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), Tenly completed several rotations, which included addressing behavioral health disparities strategy at the Office of Behavioral Health Equity (OBHE) at SAMHSA and developing the Peace Corps Volunteers’ sexual assault hotline policy at the Peace Corps headquarters.  She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) and served in Niger (West Africa). She continues to build upon her areas of interest, including leadership, management, and training opportunities within the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.  Tenly is a licensed social worker in the state of Maryland and received her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  She received her Bachelor of Art degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California.

Nancy Paull, M.S., LADCI is the Executive Director of Stanley Street Treatment and Resources in Fall River, MA and SSTAR of Rhode Island.  Leading the agency since 1985, it has grown from a 20 bed alcohol detox with outpatient counseling to a multi-service social and health services organization.  In addition to a full continuum of addiction services, the agency also has a licensed Mental Health Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center, HIV Counseling, Testing and Case Management, a Women’s Center for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and a Research department focusing on Medication Assisted Treatment protocols. She is one twenty global members of the United Nations Treatnet team, traveling internationally to share best practices in addiction treatment.  She has received a number of honors and awards including the National Behavioral Health Council Impact Award for Excellence in Visionary Leadership.

Paula Beaulieu, M.S., CADCII is a Program Director at SSTAR, managing a MA Bureau of Substance Abuse First Offender Drunk Driving program, SAMHSA’s Community Resilience and Recovery Initiative grant, SAMHSA’s Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration grant, CDC’s 1422 grant through the MA Department of Public Health focusing on Pre-diabetes and Hypertension, and SSTAR’s Prevention grants focusing on Opiate Overdose Prevention, Youth Underage Drinking and Youth Prescription Drug Abuse.  She is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Certified ARISE Interventionist.

Jason Knorr, MS LCPC has worked for the Dupage County Health Department for the last 14 years.  He’s held clinical care and administrative roles during his tenure.  He was the Project Director for the Primary Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) grant from SAMHSA which concluded in September 2016.  His current title, Integrated Systems Manager, provides him with the opportunity to continue pioneering systems and services within public health in order to provide integrated care to the community in which he serves.

11:00 – 12:10 pm                 HRSA

Alexander Ross, Sc.D. Alexander Ross is senior advisor on behavioral health in the Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation, at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Service. Alex supports HRSA Bureaus and Offices fostering the integration of behavioral health and primary care.  Dr. Ross’ work has included an emphasis on financing issues regarding behavioral health/primary care services and assuring that an appropriately trained health care workforce is available to meet the Nation’s needs.  Alex is the HRSA project officer on the SAMHSA/HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions. Dr. Ross has a Doctor of Science Degree in Health Policy from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Judith Steinberg, MD, MPH. Dr. Judith Steinberg is the Chief Medical Officer of the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Family Medicine and Community Health at UMass Medical School. Dr. Steinberg is a physician leader with over 25 years’ experience in primary care and infectious disease.  She has focused her clinical practice at community health centers in Boston, where she has also served as Medical Director, and has practiced at academic medical centers. Prior to joining the BPHC, Dr. Steinberg served as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine and the Senior Director of its Office of Healthcare Innovation & Quality.

Brian Bragg, M.S. is the Vice President of Behavioral Health and Community Integration at Access Community Health Network in Chicago, IL. Brian has been a member the Access Community Health Network team for over 6 years, shepherding a variety of programs focused on men’s health, maternal and child health, behavioral health, and infectious disease.  His portfolio now includes the development and implementation of initiatives to address the social determinants affecting the health of the more than 180,000 patients served by the organization.

Ann M. Lewis has been Chief Executive Officer of CareSouth Carolina, Inc. since 1980.  Although CareSouth Carolina is currently considered a “large” community health center serving over 36,000 patients in ten rural communities of South Carolina and staffing over 450 employees, the organization first began in 1980 with only four staff and one location.  Ann has shepherded that growth over the past three decades addressing the needs of the uninsured and minorities of the region experiencing some of the worse health care outcomes in the nation. Currently, Ann is serving on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)/Common Wealth Fund/Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy Accountable Care Roundtable and the IHI/Common Wealth Fund Innovation Task Force – two initiatives seeking U.S. health care solutions from worldwide innovations.

1:10 – 1:40 pm                    SAMHSA/HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions.

Brie Reimann, MPA, Director, SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions. Brie Reimann is an expert in providing technical assistance, training and support to primary care and behavioral health providers on integrated care initiatives. As the Deputy Director for the National Council’s Center for Integrated health Solutions, (CIHS), Ms. Reimann provides leadership, content expertise, and project management to inform the training and technical assistance provided to community-based behavioral and primary care organizations. Prior to joining the National Council, Ms. Reimann directed the SBIRT Colorado initiative 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. A leader in integrating primary and behavioral health care and on impacting policies to support sustainability, Ms. Reimann has partnered with hospitals, HIV prevention and care settings, primary care, and behavioral health organizations to train providers on population health management strategies to improve health outcomes. Ms. Reimann is successful in working with public and private payers, businesses, public health agencies, and policy makers to affect system level changes necessary to achieve long term success.

1:40 – 2:40 pm                    IHS

Miranda Carman, MSW, LCSW, holds an M.S. in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma.  She is an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma. Ms. Miranda is a Public Health Advisor and leads the Mental Health Program for the Indian Health Service, Division of Behavioral Health.  She previously worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Project Coordinator for Youth Suicide Prevention for the Muscogee Creek Nation.  Her experience includes adolescent and adult mental health treatment, in addition to community project design, implementation and evaluation.  She received her Master’s Degree with Phi Alpha Honors from the University of Oklahoma in 2007, and was a recipient of the Indian Health Service Director’s Award in 2012.

Gabriel Longhi, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist and the Director of Behavioral Health at the Albuquerque Service Unit of the Indian Health Service. He worked in the field of Mental Health since 1991, and completed his graduate training in 1999, winning an APA award, Division 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) for his doctoral dissertation on a cross cultural substance abuse treatment for Native Americans. He joined the Indian Health Service in 2002, working at Gallup Indian Medical Center for 13 years, specializing in the treatment of trauma and suicide.  He transferred to Albuquerque Indian Health Center in 2014 as the Director of Behavioral Health, and enrolled in the MS program in Clinical Psychopharmacology at NMSU. He is on track to obtaining prescriptive authority for psychologists in New Mexico the end of this year.

Nurit Harari, MD, MHS is the Chief of Primary Care at Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility in Chinle AZ.  In this role, Dr. Harari’s responsibilities include working on initiatives to improve access to primary care, improving the patient experience, and recruiting and hiring primary care medical staff.  She also has been leading efforts to create a paraprofessional Integrated Behavioral Health model within primary care.  In addition, Dr. Harari is part of Chinle Hospital’s senior leadership team and works on various quality improvement projects throughout the institution. Dr. Harari attended college at the University of Texas at Austin and medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her Masters in Health Services at Yale School of Medicine, where she was also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar. Prior to working with the Indian Health Service, Dr. Harari was on faculty at Columbia University’s hospitalist program and the University of Pennsylvania’s global health program in Francistown, Botswana.”

 

 

 2:40 – 3:30 pm                     ONC

Alex Kontur is a Public Health Analyst working primarily as a Project Officer for the Advance HIE program and overseeing a workgroup focused on enabling behavioral health data exchange.

Andrea Jackson serves as a Policy Analyst in the Office of Policy at ONC, where she works on emerging health IT policy issues that affect providers across the care continuum.

3:30 – 4:50 pm                        CMS including CMMI, Medicaid

Vetisha L. McClair, Ph.D. joined the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation in 2012.  She is a Research Analyst in the Research and Rapid Cycle Evaluation Group, Division of Special Populations Research.  Dr. McClair leads the evaluation of many of CMMI’s mental health related demonstrations, including a group of Healthcare Innovation Awards (HCIA) focused on Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse.  The comprehensive evaluation of this diverse set of ten awardees from the initial round of the HCIA initiative will yield findings with important implications for public policies and programs that affect individuals with behavioral and substance use disorders.  Vetisha also leads the evaluations of the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) and the Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Demonstration (MEPD).  Additionally, she provides consultation to CMMI and other CMS components in the development and evaluation of new mental health related projects.  Her research interests relate to mental health service utilization and the impact of psychosocial/demographic factors on treatment outcomes.  Previously, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Section on Developmental Genetic Epidemiology in the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) after earning her Ph.D. and M.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and B.S. in Psychology from Howard University.  She has also provided psychological services in a variety of settings (VA Medical Centers, disability services, and out-patient hospitals) and is a licensed Psychologist in the state of Maryland.

CDR Donelle D. McKenna, Ph.D. is a Healthcare Administrator working in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) as a Technical Advisor in the Patient Care Models Group. Dr. McKenna is developing programs for vulnerable populations under the Health Care Innovation Award program and Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns program. CDR McKenna also leads the development and implementation of new and innovative healthcare delivery alternative payment models such as Behavioral Health Payment and Care Delivery models. Prior to joining CMMI, CDR McKenna was the Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Program (TBI) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Henry Chung, M.D. is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Montefiore Care Management Organization (CMO) and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  He is also Medical Director of the Montefiore Accountable Care Organization (ACO), an awardee of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations Pioneer ACO Program. In 2012, Dr. Chung 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 demonstrating how the health care delivery system can work effectively with partners in public health and the community to address disease prevention and community wellness.  In 2014, 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.  Finally, Dr Chung is the Executive Project Director of a 3 year, $5.5 million grant by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations to integrate behavioral healthcare in primary care across all ages, using the collaborative care model.  The model is enhanced by using technology support and also by using a case based payment model to help with financial sustainability of the program.

David Shillcutt, J.D., is a health insurance specialist in the Division of Managed Care Plans at the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services.  David’s work at CMS focuses on the Innovation Accelerator Program, including physical and mental health integration and substance use disorders, and on mental health parity.  David has also worked for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), where he was the agency lead for regulatory affairs, and for CDC’s Center for Global Health where he was a Presidential Management Fellow.  David has a J.D. from the University of Georgia and a B.A. from Harvard University.

Steven Tunney, RN, MSN is Chief, Behavioral Health and Customer Service for the New Jersey Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services.  He has been with the Division since 2001.  During this time, he has worked extensively with regulatory management of the behavioral healthcare system and is responsible for oversight of behavioral health provider quality assurance and regulatory compliance.  Most recently, his focus has been on the integration of behavioral and physical health services for the adult and child populations.

 

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